Markham, July 14, 2016 - Allstate Insurance Company of Canada is proud to announce the winners of the third annual Allstate Canada Community Hero program. The program launched in 2014 to recognize Allstate Canada Agents who are leaders and role models in their communities in the areas of volunteerism, outreach and service, and who have helped produce outcomes that have strengthened the social ties in their respective communities. The award highlights nominees from Allstate Canada Agencies across the country with a national Allstate Community Hero selected from among the finalists.
“We’re proud to have so many community heroes at Allstate who exemplify our corporate values and give back to the communities where they live and work,” said Marcelo Regen, Vice President, Allstate Brand Allstate Insurance Company of Canada. “These individuals are leading the change they’d like to see in their communities through volunteerism and service, and it is with this award we acknowledge and celebrate their substantial contributions.”
The Community Hero program recognizes Agents charitable work undertaken during the previous year (January - December 2015) and the overall Community Hero winner is selected by a committee after reviewing a pool of nominees submitted from across Canada.
The winner of this year’s Allstate Community Hero Award is:
Ray Eady, Agent, Allstate Cornwall (Cornwall, ON). For a second year in a row, Eady was selected as Allstate Canada’s Community Hero for his ongoing leadership and dedication to Cornwall and the surrounding area. Eady’s community involvement began as soon as he arrived and over the years he has assumed official and unofficial positions of progressive responsibility and influence.
“It is a huge accomplishment to win this award once – to win this award twice speaks to the valuable contribution Eady continues to make in his community,” said Regen. “He distinguishes himself through his leadership and ability to motivate others to action.”
In 2015 Eady became President of the Kinsmen Club of Cornwall and under his leadership the Kinsmen collectively expanded the reach of many initiatives and continued to improve the lives of Cornwall residents:
- The Bikers Against Brain Cancer fundraiser helped raise over $5,000 for the Montreal Neurological Institute
- The Children’s Christmas Fund ensured 1,200 families enjoyed a Christmas meal and each child received a toy
- The annual pizza party surpassed the $120,000 mark in their cumulative fundraising efforts
Eady is well-known across Cornwall and is a steadfast presence at events taking place in community, regardless of his role in organizing it. His philanthropy inspires those around him to become more active in causes impacting local residents and his influence has been chronicled in this video.
For all of Eady’s efforts, Allstate Canada will donate $2,000 in his name to the charity of his choice in the Cornwall area.
The finalists for this year’s Allstate Community Hero Award are:
Angela Hickman – Agent, Allstate Mississauga South, (Mississauga, ON)
Angela Hickman has devoted much time and energy to giving back to her community. Hickman is very involved with the United Way and has been a volunteer at many of their events, as well as canvassing door-to-door. She has taken it upon herself to collect food for the Salvation Army Food Bank in Milton and helped organize a 70’s dance for Girls Inc. of Halton. Hickman can also be found supporting fundraisers such as the Camel Race for the Optimist Club of Milton and the Black & White PJ Party for the Milton District Hospital.
Antoine El-Hage – Agency Manager, Ahuntsic-Cartierville, (Montreal, QC)
Antoine El-Hage is passionate about his work with the Lebanese community and is dedicated to improving the lives of children within his neighbourhood. In the past year El-Hage, with the help of his Allstate team, took it upon himself to buy Christmas presents for children in need throughout Ahuntsic-Cartierville. El-Hage was able to bring a smile to the faces of 134 children thanks to his kindness and generosity; his goal this year is to gift 200 children.
Connie Medeiros – Agent, Allstate Westmount, (London, ON)
Connie Medeiros is an enthusiastic volunteer in her Agency and community. Medeiros is known for donating her time to the London Portuguese Club, Sports Association and various food drives including the London Christmas and London Cares food drives. She’s also involved in fundraising for mission trips and youth ministries at her church, in addition to her involvement with organizations such as Sunshine Dreams for Kids, Children’s Wish Foundation, and Canadian Breast Cancer Society.
Deanna Lumax – Agency Manager, Allstate Dartmouth Crossing, (Dartmouth, NS)
Deanna Lumax was nominated for being actively involved in her community with organizations such as Souls Harbour Mission, Porters Lake kids soccer, and East Preston Daycare where she sits on the board of directors. Lumax’s commitment to her community has encouraged other members of her Allstate team to participate in more charity events, such as Ride for Dad for Cancer and various MADD Canada initiatives, for which Lumax is also a board member of her local chapter.
Garrett Jones – Agency Manager, Allstate Airdrie, (Airdrie, AB)
Garrett Jones is involved in countless charitable organizations throughout his community, however the Airdrie Boys and Girls Club holds a special place in his heart. In conjunction with Allstate and the AIRSCARES Committee Jones has helped raise countless dollars for the Boys and Girls Club with events like the Allstate Airdrie ALLPLAY tournament and the AirScared Haunted House, in addition to facilitating a number of donation programs, such as the Referral Program that helps send children and youth to camp. Jones is also a dedicated member for the Airdrie Lions Club.
Melinda Germon – Agent, Allstate North Bay, (North Bay, ON)
Melinda Germon’s energy and dedication extend to a myriad of charitable organizations in her community. For the last five years Germon has participated in ‘A Night on the Town in your Gown,’ an annual fundraising event for local charities in North Bay and the surrounding communities, for which she has personally raised over $100,000. Her other charitable involvements include, but are not limited to, One Kids Place, Back to School Support, CIBC Run for the Cure, and Meals on Wheels.
Ron Showers – Agency Manager, Allstate Thornhill, (Thornhill, ON)
Ron Showers consistently gives back and spearheads fundraisers, disaster relief initiatives, charity walks and community festivals. Showers is committed to supporting the Mackenzie Health Stroke Unit for which he participates yearly in the Strides for Strokes Run – as a runner and event organizer and has raised over $9,000 for the charity. He is also involved with United Way and countless Allstate community initiatives such as Thornhill Brings Smiles to York Region and Painting Smiles on Faces in Thornhill.
For being named as finalists, Allstate Canada will make a donation of $500 to a charity of these agents’ choice within their community.
Allstate Canada is honoured to make these donations on behalf of these men and women to further support the passion for engaging others in their communities for the greater good.
“Our finalist and nominees are all local leaders,” said Regen. “Their firm commitment to driving positive changes in their neighbourhoods is a truly admirable undertaking that we can all strive towards.”
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