Western Direct Insurance accepts SMCC Award of Distinction for Quote 4 Cures

L to R: Robert Rogers, Blake Reichert, Kelsie Bowen-Preet, Melanie Hampson, Rod Cunniam, Jeff Burke

Western Direct Insurance is honoured with The Sponsorship Marketing Council of Canada (SMCC) 2014 Award of Distinction - Small Budget Program. The award was presented to Western Direct Insurance for their ongoing community involvement and sponsorship of the Canadian Cancer Society’s ‘Quote 4 Cures’ campaign.

The SMCC award recognizes outstanding achievements in strategic thinking and awards businesses who have maximized investments in sponsorship marketing.

“Being involved and supporting our communities is a core value that truly represents the identity of Western Direct Insurance,” said Rod Cunniam, chief operating officer - direct distribution at Western Direct Insurance.  “As a team, we are committed to building relationships in our communities and partnering with exceptional organizations like the Canadian Cancer Society.”

Western Direct Insurance is recognized for their campaign and its fight against women’s cancers. As part of the campaign, Western Direct donated $10.00 for every car or home insurance quote completed online and through Western Financial Group offices in Alberta during the month of October.

“Our amazing partnership with Western Direct Insurance allowed us to work together to create an innovative and effective campaign in ‘Quote 4 Cures’ that not only increased awareness, but also money to fight women's cancer," said Tiffany Kraus, external engagement lead at the Canadian Cancer Society.  "We are so excited that ‘Quote 4 Cures’ was selected for the Award of Distinction - it will allow us to maximize our exposure and make a real difference in fighting this disease that takes away too many loved ones."

To date, Western Direct Insurance has raised $52,500 through ‘Quote 4 Cures’. The 2014 ‘Quote 4 Cures’ campaign will begin in October.

About Western Direct Insurance
Western Direct Insurance offers home, condo and tenant insurance in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories. In British Columbia, the products are offered under Western Direct Insurance Agency. Western Direct Insurance also provides car, motorcycle and recreational vehicle insurance for residents in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Western Direct Insurance products are offered through Western Financial Group, a diversified insurance services company that serves more than 790,000 customers across Western Canada.  You can follow Western Direct Insurance on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

About the Canadian Cancer Society
For 75 years, the Canadian Cancer Society has been with Canadians in the fight for life. We have been relentless in our commitment to prevent cancer, fund research and support Canadians touched by cancer. We are working together with Canadians to change cancer forever so fewer Canadians are diagnosed with the disease and more survive. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY:1-866-786-3934).

For interviews or additional information please contact:

Rod Cunniam
Vice President
Western Direct Insurance

Paula Trotter
Communications Coordinator
Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/NWT Division
Phone: (403)-541-2339

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