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The Co-operators Contributes Over $40,000 to Saskatchewanian Charities

Jun 12, 2007

    REGINA, June 12 /CNW/ - The Co-operators announced today donations
totalling $224,075 to 183 Canadian charitable organizations, including eight
from Saskatchewan. The contributions were part of the Directed Donations
program, in which each staff member directs $75 of corporate funds to the
charity of his or her choice.
    "We're proud to stand behind the dedicated men and women who work
tirelessly to improve the lives of people in real and measurable ways,"
explains Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO of The Co-operators. "With so many
of our staff using their paid volunteer day to serve at charities right across
the country, we see very clearly how much of a positive difference this kind
of assistance makes."
    A list of staff-chosen charities was compiled and each participating
staff member then selected which organization his or her designated $75 of
corporate funds would go towards. With an overall staff participation rate in
the program of 84%, The Co-operators is sending a clear signal of support to
Canada's charitable sector. The new allocation of $75 per staff member
represents a substantial increase in the level of funding each member can
donate, rising from $50 per staff member just last year. Also new this year,
each member of the The Co-operators Board of Directors and every Co-operators
delegate representing the various regions in Canada was encouraged to direct
$125 to charity, as opposed to last year's $100 per director and delegate.

    The following charitable organizations from Saskatchewan benefited from
    The Co-operators 2007 Directed Donations Program:

    -   Saskatchewan Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injury
    -   Soul's Harbour Mission House
    -   Rainbow Youth Centre
    -   Saskatchewan Abilities Council
    -   Habitat for Humanity Regina
    -   The Casey Foundation for Autism
    -   Regina Food for Learning
    -   Bethany Home, Saskatoon

    To further emphasize their commitment to these hard working charitable
groups, Co-operators staff are personally presenting the donations to many of
the recipient organizations. By making that personal connection, The
Co-operators thanks and congratulates these scores of caring women and men
who, every day, quietly go about making their communities better places.

    About The Co-operators:

    Based in Guelph, Ontario, The Co-operators is a group of Canadian
companies offering home, auto, life, group, commercial and farm insurance, as
well as investment products and property development. With assets of more than
$6.5 billion, The Co-operators is owned by 34 Canadian co-operatives, credit
unions and like-minded organizations. It is well known for its community
involvement, and is listed among the 50 Best Employers in Canada.
For further information: Leonard Sharman, The Co-operators, (519)
824-4400 ext. 2707

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