Cowan Foundation YMCA Cheque Presentation

The YMCA and The Cowan Foundation are pleased to announce a commitment of $150,000 from The Cowan Foundation to YMCA Alternative Suspension, a program developed and rolled out nationally by the YMCAs of Québec that supports teens who have been suspended from school.

Thanks to The Cowan Foundation’s support over the next three years, troubled teens will have a chance to turn their time away from school into a positive experience. Instead of being at home or on the street and isolated without any kind of guidance, they will have access to personal counselling, and the support and care they need to address the real issues they are facing, giving them a chance to succeed as they return to school.

With the support of The Cowan Foundation, thousands of at-risk youth from six YMCA Associations and over a dozen communities across the country in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Québec and Newfoundland will have the support and resources they need to stay in school.

“A fundamental value of The Cowan Foundation is to support transformational programs for at-risk children and youth to help build life skills and expand leadership capabilities,” says Heather McLachlin, President, Cowan Insurance Group. “We’re committed to making a difference in the lives of Canadians, investing in the future of our youth, and building better communities. The YMCA Alternative Suspension program has proven success in these areas and we look forward to bringing this program to more communities across Canada.”

 “The YMCA is proud to work with Cowan Insurance Group and The Cowan Foundation, who continue to demonstrate their aim of building healthier communities in Canada through their ongoing support of the YMCA's work. Their support for the YMCA Alternative Suspension program will improve the overall health and well-being of teens across the country, and help to build future leaders for our communities,” says Peter Dinsdale, President and CEO, YMCA Canada.

PHOTO, from left to right:

Peter Sweeney, CEO of the YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo
Jennifer Holmes Weier, Senior Vice President, Advocacy, Communications and Public Policy, YMCA Canada
Carol Parsons, Senior Consultant National Benefits, Cowan Insurance Group
Heather McLachlin, President, Cowan Insurance Group
Andrew Borrelli, Director, Development, School Perseverance, The YMCAs of Québec
George Kalimeris, National Director, School Perseverance, The YMCAs of Québec
Michael (Mike) Lough, VP, Programs, Frank Cowan Company