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Lowes insurance education fund presents 2013 scholarships


October 30, 2013   by Canadian Underwriter


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The Insurance Institute of Ontario announced Wednesday this year’s recipients of the John E. Lowes Insurance Education Fund Scholarships.

The fund, named in honour of the founding partner of Irwin, Sargent & Lowes Insurance Brokers, is a charitable trust that offers up to four scholarships per year.

Wayne Briggs, chair of the John E. Lowes Board of Trustees, presented this year’s four scholarship cheques at the Lowes Fund breakfast, held at the National Club in Toronto’s financial district.

One of the recipients – Kyle Atkinson of Conestoga College – is a chef who decided to embark on a career in insurance. Another Conestoga student – Kathy Matte – was also presented with a cheque. The third college student to be awarded a scholarship was Daniel Levinson, who is studying at Mohawk College. The other recipient was Alexandra DeMarchi, who is studying at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Lowes Insurance Education Fund Scholarships

College level scholarships are worth $1,500 each while university scholarships are worth $2,500 each.

The speaker at Wednesday’s breakfast was Ian Troop, chief executive officer of the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games Organizing Committee.

“This is an unprecedented event in Canadian history,” Troop said of the games, adding the Toronto event will be bigger than the Vancouver winter Olympics, held in 2010 and the Montreal summer Olympics, held in 1976.

About 7,000 athletes are scheduled to take part in the 2015 games, which will include 36 Pan Am sports and 15 Parapan Am sports. 

Troop spoke Wednesday about some major construction projects, including the 250-metre cycling track in Milton (west of Toronto), the Athletes Village on former industrial land near the mouth of the Don River, the Pan Am Sports Centre at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus and the Pan Am Soccer Stadium in Hamilton.

Troop noted there are 10 venues being built and another 15 under renovation.

“This is filling gaps in our communities that we desperately needed to build,” Troop said of the construction projects.

The Pan American Games are scheduled July10 through 26, 2015 while the Parapan games are scheduled Aug. 7 through 14.

“This is an opportunity for us to think differently about disability, as employers and as citizens,” Troop added.