Intact Insurance donates $15K to George Brown's Augmented Education program

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(From left to right) Sarah Whitham, Suzanne De Freitas, Cindy Gouveia, Rozanne Kibel, Ian Wigglesworth, Tony Priolo and Chris Case.

Intact Insurance has continued its support of George Brown College's Augmented Education program with a $15,000 donation. Augmented Education provides employment-focused training for people with mental health and addiction histories and assists students in securing employment in the culinary and construction industries. The program is offered at no charge to students.

This generous donation is the second that George Brown College Foundation has received from Intact. The insurance company demonstrated its support of our Augmented Education program with a $15,000 gift in 2015.

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"At Intact Insurance, we are committed to the communities that we live and work in. We want to create lasting social impacts that help our communities become safer, healthier and happier. Through supporting the Augmented Education program, it is clear that the students enrolled, their family and friends, employers and the province of Ontario will benefit greatly. We are excited to support these students and watch them grow and achieve their potential," said Rozanne Kibel, Branch Director at Intact Insurance Mississauga.

Students from the Assistant Cook (Extended Training) program welcomed guests into the kitchen at George Brown's St. James Campus, and used their newly formed skills to prepare food for the gathering. In attendance at the cheque presentation was Kibel; Sarah Whitham, Business Development Manager at Intact Insurance Mississauga; Chris Case from Dan Lawrie Insurance Brokers; Cindy Gouveia, President of the George Brown College Foundation; Ian Wigglesworth, Interim Dean of the Centre for Preparatory and Liberal Studies; Tony Priolo, Chair of Work and College Preparation; and Suzanne De Freitas, Program Manager for the Centre for Preparatory and Liberal Studies and 50th Anniversary Fundraising Committee member.

"After graduation and securing meaningful employment, many of our students are able to reduce the amount of support they receive from the province as they regain their financial independence," said Wigglesworth. "Students become more active, are able to contribute to their families and have a renewed sense of purpose."

Each year the program produces impressive graduation rates (65 per cent) and strong employment rates after graduation (83 per cent six months post-graduation).

"George Brown College has been an integral part of Toronto's community for 50 years. Innovative programs like Augmented Education help make college accessible for all Torontonians. As we celebrate the college's 50th anniversary, we celebrate the opportunities provided by George Brown College. Such opportunities would not be possible however, if it weren't for the support of generous partners like Intact Insurance" said Gouveia. "We offer our sincere thanks to Intact Insurance for this generous donation."

For more information about this gift, please contact Trinity Zhang, Development Officer, Annual Giving at 416-415-5000 ext. 2063, or by email at tyzhang@georgebrown.ca.

About Intact Insurance

Intact Insurance is Canada's largest home, auto and business insurance company, the choice of more than four million consumers. Its coast-to-coast presence and its strong relationship with insurance brokers mean the company can provide the outstanding service, comfort and continuity customers deserve.

About George Brown College Foundation

The George Brown College Foundation, established in 1984, is the primary fundraising vehicle for the College. It is an incorporated registered charity and is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors from the corporate and community sectors.

George Brown College is committed to providing the highest possible caliber of education to its students and to making its programs accessible to all. The Foundation helps the College achieve this goal by raising money to support student success through scholarships and bursaries, capital campaigns, and support of special programs and projects.