MARKHAM, ON (August 24, 2020) – Allstate Insurance Company of Canada is proud to announce this year’s recipients of the Community Hero Award, recognizing Allstate Insurance Agency (AIA) employees who are role models for community outreach, service, and volunteerism where they live and work.
“It’s both an honour and an inspiration to work alongside such a caring and committed group of agents that we have here at Allstate Canada,” says Marcelo Regen, Vice President of Allstate Brand Innovation & Chief Customer Officer, Allstate Canada Group (ACG). “Our agents regularly go above and beyond the call of duty; acting as role models, supporting local organizations, and through their leadership, they strengthen the fabric of their communities. It is a true testament of their character and I am proud and humbled by the contributions of this year’s entire selection of Community Hero Award recipients.”
The Allstate Community Hero Award celebrates multiple regional recipients and one national recipient. The Allstate Foundation of Canada will donate $2,000 to a Canadian charity of the national winner’s choosing, as well as $500 to a Canadian charity of each of the regional winner’s choosing.
National Community Hero Recipient
Jeff Cormier, Customer Care Agent, Saint John AIA
This year marks Cormier's ninth nomination, fourth regional award, and first national win. He has been deeply involved with Special Olympics New Brunswick as a coach and mentor to Paralympic athletes for over 10 years.
“I am thrilled to have been chosen as the national recipient of the Community Hero Award,” says Cormier. “I volunteer not for the awards or recognition, but for the opportunity to give back to organizations I hold near and dear to my heart. I’m proud to be able to lend my time to great organizations like Special Olympics New Brunswick that is dedicated to enriching the lives of Canadians with an intellectual disability through sport. It’s a mission I wholeheartedly stand behind.”
In addition to his time spent with his team in and around the swimming pools, Cormier organizes fundraising events and serves as Treasurer on the Special Olympics New Brunswick Board of Directors. Cormier was named Special Olympics New Brunswick's "Male Coach of the Year" in 2013 and in 2019, and has been nominated again for the award this year. He has also supported organizations such as MADD Canada's Saint John and Area chapter as well as The Shoebox Project.
Regional Community Hero Recipients
Alexis Duncan, Business Development Agent, Burlington AIA
Duncan is a first-time nominee and recipient of the Regional Community Hero Award. She supports Food4Kids Halton Region through coordinating various fundraising events, and is a founding member in support of "Wallet to Wealth" and the Halton Women's Shelter. Duncan has also volunteered for two Habitat for Humanity build days, donated to the Halton Regional Police Toy Drive, and volunteered her time cooking meals for Oakville Veterans.
Alyssa Craig, Business Development Agent, Thunder Bay AIA
Craig, is heavily involved in the Thunder Bay Community through a number of different organizations and initiatives. She is a board member of GenNext, a United Way of Thunder Bay initiative, and co-chairs United Way of Thunder Bay's Day of Caring where she mobilizes up to 200 volunteers, in 17 projects, over eight hours. Craig also sits on the event committee for "Let's Get Quizical" in support of Youth 4 Change programs.
Craig was nominated for a 2020 Nova Award (Northwestern Ontario Visionary Award), which recognizes young professionals for their leadership, community engagement, civic pride, professional achievements and mentorship. This is Craig’s first Regional Community Hero Award.
Denyse Renaud, Agency Assistant, Faubourg Boisbriand AIA
This is Renaud’s first Community Hero Award nomination. She has been volunteering with the "Trouve ta Voie" Foundation for the past three years, which is an organization that uses singing to support youth with intellectual disabilities. She has received an Allstate Good Hands Grant in support of this organization for three consecutive years.
John Kealey, Agency Manager, West Ottawa AIA
Kealey is heavily involved in his community through a variety of organizations and events. He is a long-time supporter of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). He hosts the annual Dunrobin Firefighters Breakfast, and fundraises for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation through the "Shred for the Cure" program. John also jumps at the opportunity to get involved with Allstate's national community initiatives, such as The Shoebox Project, where his agency collected and distributed over 300 gift-filled shoeboxes for women experiencing homelessness over the 2019 holiday season. Kealey is a first-time Regional Community Hero Award recipient.
Michelle Zambri, Agency Manager, Vaughan AIA
This is Zambri’s first Regional Community Hero Award. She is very active in her community, supporting local sports teams and participating in a number of Allstate's national community initiatives. Zambri has been a big supporter of The Shoebox Project since 2018. Through her community outreach, she has collected and distributed over 750 gift-filled shoeboxes. Zambri has also attended many of MADD Canada's School Assembly programs where she speaks to students at local Vaughan schools about the consequences of impaired driving.
Sarah Langis, Agency Manager, Waterloo AIA & Stratford AIA
Langis rallies her agencies to support a number of community initiatives and organizations each year. She has participated in a number of fundraising events for local organizations such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters bowling fundraiser and the Humane Society cupcake fundraising event. She regularly volunteers and donates to organizations such as The Food Bank of Waterloo Region and House of Blessing in Stratford. Langis enthusiastically supports many of Allstate's national community initiatives, such as The Shoebox Project where she collected and distributed 250 gift-filled shoeboxes between both the Waterloo and Stratford agencies in 2019. This is a first-time recipient of the Regional Community Hero Award.
Tony George, Business Development Agent, Sherwood Park AIA
George is a two-time Regional Community Hero Award recipient. He is a long-time volunteer with the Sherwood Park Ringette Association, where he serves as a board member and leads the Sherwood Park Ringette Day initiative. George also raises funds for the Salisbury Composite High School's junior and senior football programs, supports youth curling through sponsorship of the Alberta Winter games team from Sherwood Park, and organizes local food bank drives.
About Allstate Insurance of Canada
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