Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life contribute $100,000 to Toujours
ensemble to strengthen Pathways to Education program in Quebec
As National Development Sponsor, companies helping Pathways build a Graduation
MONTREAL, Nov. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Pathways to Education Canada (Pathways) and
Toujours ensemble today announced a $100,000 contribution from Great-West
Life, London Life and Canada Life to further their proven model for reducing
high school dropout rates in low-income communities in Quebec.
The contribution funds construction and operating expenses of a new building
in Verdun, Quebec for Toujours ensemble, Pathways' partner organization in the
region. The new space, which opened this fall, serves the growing number of
students enrolled in the Pathways program in Verdun.
"In Quebec, one in four students leaves high school without a diploma. In
Verdun, where poverty levels are particularly high, this rate is closer to one
in two students," said Marc Edwards, Chairman of the Board, Toujours ensemble.
"This support means we can continue to help Verdun's youth overcome the
barriers to education and keep them on track for graduation."
This new support adds to the commitment of Great-West Life, London Life and
Canada Life as Pathways' National Development Sponsor. In 2012 the companies
made a multi-year $500,000 pledge through their national corporate citizenship
program for the development of Pathways 'U,' a learning model that fosters
excellence and innovation in program delivery.
"Pathways 'U' is an important component of our commitment to expanding and
sharing knowledge in order to serve the needs of more youth across the
country," said David Hughes, President and CEO of Pathways to Education
Canada. "With the support of Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, we
can continue to invest in, deliver and share the excellence and innovation for
which the organization has become known."
Pathways 'U' consists of three core components - communities of practice,
mentorship/coaching and formal course work for program leaders - with an aim
to enrich the knowledge of front-line staff, as well as to transfer knowledge
across the organization and externally.
"First in Toronto and now in more Canadian centres, the Pathways learning
model is getting results," said Jan Belanger, Assistant Vice-President,
Community Affairs, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life. "As the
program expands, success depends on Pathways having essential tools and a
strong infrastructure. We are pleased to support their operational development
across Canada, and their progress in Quebec. Supporting the combined efforts
of Pathways and Toujours ensemble demonstrates our commitment to building
stronger communities where we live and work."
Pathways to Education Canada and Toujours ensemble have long been dedicated to
increasing student retention and high school graduation rates. With the help
of generous donations, Pathways and Toujours ensemble can continue to
transform the lives of youth and build stronger communities.
About Pathways to Education Canada - www.pathwaystoeducation.ca
Pathways to Education Canada is a charitable organization that helps youth in
low-income communities graduate from high school and successfully transition
into post-secondary education or training.Pathways addresses systemic
barriers to education by providing leadership, expertise and a community-based
program proven to lower dropout rates.Founded in 2001, Pathways operates in
twelve communities across Canada, with programs in Ontario, Quebec, Nova
Scotia and Manitoba.
About Toujours ensemble - http://www.toujoursensemble.org/site/
Founded in 1979 and established in Verdun since 1986, Toujours ensemble is a
non-profit organization whose mission is to support young people with
academic, family or social difficulties by offering them educational and
recreational activities that contribute to their development. Every year,
Toujours ensemble welcomes over 300 young people to participate in activities.
Toujours ensemble intervenes in three areas: education, recreation and the
fight against poverty. For example, in the past ten years, Toujours ensemble
has served more than 150,000meals to children from two elementary schools in
About Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life - www.greatwestlife.com
Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life offer a broad portfolio of
financial and benefit plan solutions, and serve the financial security needs
of more than 12 million people across Canada. As an Imagine Caring Company,
the companies contribute a minimum of 1% of average pre-tax profits to
non-profit, charitable and community organizations each year.
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