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Allstate Canada Celebrates Local Community Heroes

Annual award honours Allstate Agency Employees for outstanding volunteerism

Marco Morlani

Markham, July 15, 2019 - Allstate Insurance Company of Canada is thrilled to announce the winners of the sixth annual Allstate Canada Community Hero Award program. The purpose of this award is to recognize Allstate Canada agency employees who have gone above and beyond when it comes to volunteerism and being a role model in their communities.

“We are incredibly proud of the work and time our agency staff have put in to helping grow, nurture, and support their local communities,” says Marcelo Regen, Vice President Allstate Brand Innovation & Chief Customer Officer, Allstate Insurance Company of Canada. “Across the country these exemplary individuals have lived into our mission of bringing strength, experience, and care to everything they do. Whether they are coaching intermural sports team, organizing fundraisers, planning events, or acting as mentors, the impact they have had is undeniable.”

The Community Hero program recognizes charitable work undertaken by Allstate agency staff during the previous year (January - December 2018) and a committee selects the National Community Hero winner after reviewing a pool of nominees submitted from across Canada.

This year’s Allstate Canada National Community Hero Award winner is:

Marco Morlani – London Westmount Agency (London, ON)

Congratulations to Marco Morlani on being nominated and selected as the Allstate Canada National Community Hero Award winner. His unwavering dedication and involvement with countless charitable organizations and community programs is infectious.

“I am humbled to be named Allstate’s National Community Hero,” says Marco Morlani, Agency Manager, London. “As honoured as I am to receive this award, it’s not mine alone. This award belongs to countless people who come together to help make our community a better place. The students at Sir Isaac Brock public school, who year-after-year continue to surprise me with their eagerness to giveback, my staff and their willingness to get up extra early to join me at various food drives or community events; they are this year’s Community Heroes.”

Morlani has been involved with nearly 20 different charities for a number of years on both a personal and professional level. A few of which include:

  • London Food Bank
  • Sir Isaac Brock Christmas food Drive
  • London Cares
  • Canadian Blood Services-platelet donation
  • Run for Ruptures-Brain Aneurysm Foundation

For all of Morlani’s efforts, Allstate Canada will donate $2,000 in his name to the Canadian charity of his choosing.

The regional finalists for this year’s Allstate Community Hero Award are:

Jeff Cormier – Agent, Saint John, NB

A past regional winner, Jeff has volunteered with countless organizations in his community; however, the one he holds most dear is the Special Olympics. Having been involved with them for over ten years, he has held numerous roles, including head swim coach for the Fundy Region, where he hosted the largest swim meet in the province for the organization. He also started a softball league for members of the Special Olympics, where he is the organizer and fundraiser. As a sports enthusiast he loves being able to watch the athletes find their stride as he celebrates both their wins and challenges with them.

Patricia Fortin – Agent, Laval East, QC

Patricia is a previous Allstate Community Hero Award regional winner and her dedication and passion for giving back is contagious. She volunteers annually for Les Œuvres de Galilée Christmas food drive sorting non-perishable food. She has organized several events to raise funds for the Foundation of Stars in support of pediatric research in Quebec such as a bowl-a-thon, hot-dog sale, spaghetti dinner and grocery bagging. Patricia also participated in the Foundation of Stars annual run from Montreal to Quebec City. Additionally, she facilitated donations from the Allstate Foundation of Canada to both Œuvres de Galilée and the Foundation of Stars.

Tony George – Agent, Sherwood Park, AB

Tony, another passionate sports fan, volunteers with the Sherwood Park Ringette Association, Salisbury High School Football, and Sherwood Park Curling Association to name a few. He has organized Salisbury High’s homecoming football festivities, sponsored several Ringette tournaments, and put on the curling bonspiel for local junior curlers, even showing up in costume. Participating and organizing these events gives him the opportunity to get to know those in the community, while bringing fun into the mix, and being able to channel his inner kid, in the hopes others will follow his lead.

Melissa Marquis – Agency Manager, St. Catherines, ON

Melissa is the driving force behind her agency's community events in the Niagara region. She actively supports many charities including Habitat for Humanity where she and her team raised $5,000 to donate to a home-building fund for a low-income family, and participates in the organizations’ Shoebox Project initiative, in addition to leading a food donation drive for Food4Kids Niagara. She also raises funds for Pathstone Mental Health to support youth suffering from mental illnesses, and for Wellspring Niagara, an organization that provides support to individuals living with cancer.

Demi Patlakas – Customer Care Agent, Scarborough, ON

Demi is being recognized once again as a regional award winner of the Community Hero Award. She is the president of the Lions Club in her community, leading and raising funds for several charitable initiatives throughout the year. She has been involved with the organization for over a decade and one of the main events she oversees for the Lions Club is their annual craft sale. She also participates in and helps run quarterly bingo nights for the CNIB Foundation in support of the blind.

Melanie Riopel – Customer Care Agent, Sudbury, ON

Melanie is a long-time supporter of and volunteer for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Canada. She participated in the charity's annual MS Walk and raised over $2,700 in 2018. She also participates in the annual food drives for the Sudbury Food Bank and raises funds for the Neonatal Intensive Care and Pediatric Unit at Health Sciences North hospital. Additionally Melanie volunteers for Meals on Wheels, Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Greater Sudbury, and participates in the annual Christmas for Kids toy drive.

Ian Stoness – Agent, Kingston, ON

A motorcycle enthusiast and first time Community Hero Award winner, Ian Stoness regularly raises funds by participating in events such as Ride for Kids with the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and the annual Ride for Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. He also rallies support for Joe's Musical Instrument Lending Library for underprivileged children whose families cannot afford to purchase musical instruments and assists Community Living Kingston and District, which supports adults with intellectual disabilities. Additionally, he raises funds for the Children's Wish Foundation, United Way, and the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa with the help of his riding club.

For being named as finalists, Allstate Canada will donate $500 to a Canadian charity of each regional winner’s choosing.

About Allstate Insurance Company of Canada:

Allstate Insurance Company of Canada is a leading home and automobile insurer focused on providing our valued customers prevention and protection products and services for every stage of life. Serving Canadians since 1953, Allstate strives to keep our customers and employees in "Good Hands®". We are proud to have been named a Best Employer in Canada for seven consecutive years. Allstate is committed to making a positive difference in the communities in which it we operates and has partnered with organizations such as MADD Canada, United Way and Junior Achievement. To learn more, visit www.allstate.ca. For safety tips and advice, visit www.goodhandsadvice.ca.

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For more information contact:

Anna Weigt-Bienzle
Senior PR Specialist.
Allstate Insurance Company of Canada
T: 905-475-4527  
E: aweigtbienzle@allstate.ca

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