Working with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

Working with local Boys and Girls Clubs provides Alterna employees and members the opportunity to contribute and get directly involved in their own community. Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC) serves children and youth across the province providing safe, caring environments and stimulating programs that enable young people to play, learn and develop skills to help them achieve their full potential as contributing adults, citizens and leaders.

Higher education = brighter future

Alterna Savings recognizes a brighter future for Canada depends on higher education opportunities for all children and youth. Canadians understand that when we invest in post-secondary education and skills training today, we build jobs and prosperity for tomorrow. Alterna proudly supports Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, by sponsoring the Youth Ability to Bring Change (ABC’s) Program and providing BGCC youth with Academic Scholarships.

“As a member of the community, I believe we should give back in some way to the communities in which we live and do business. I also have some fond memories of time spent at Boys & Girls Clubs summer camp during two summers of my childhood - and know from direct experience, the positive impact that these opportunities provide for children and youth of families in need of some support.” Jason Gregoire, Alterna Savings Member

$150,000 from Alterna Savings allows an important Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada program to expand over the next three years

Backed by Alterna Savings, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC) is delivering an exciting program that focuses on the leadership role youth can play within their communities: the Youth ABCs (Ability to Bring Change) program. Young Ontarians from culturally-diverse backgrounds gain the support they need to succeed in order to become active leaders and drive positive change in their Clubs and neighbourhoods.

Youth ABCs helps young people build their confidence, leadership skills, and develop valuable training and facilitation skills to help them mentor their peers. Youth participating in the program tackle social issues such as bullying and living healthy, active lifestyles, and are given the opportunity to participate in public policy to affect community change. With Alterna Savings’ generous support in 2013, the Youth ABCs program has expanded making it possible to engage more than 100 new youth and ensure all 23 Ontario Boys and Girls Clubs are able to participate.

Alterna provides deserving local scholars a “hand up” in their pursuit of higher education

During Alterna’s annual Power of Learning Community Fundraising Campaign, Alterna Savings branches and employees raise funds to award a $3,000 academic scholarship to a BGCC youth from their community. This year we raised $63,199 to provide 20 post-secondary scholarships for youth from Boys and Girls Clubs, which means we’ll be providing 20 deserving young scholars from our own neighbourhoods with post-secondary scholarships for fall 2013!

John and Mary Lahey Academic Excellence Award

At the end of 2012, Alterna Savings bid a fond farewell to John Lahey, our President and CEO of more than five years. John demonstrated through his many successes that credit unions are not only a viable alternative to traditional banks, but one of the only institutions that credibly balance people, community and financial stewardship.

In honour of John’s leadership in community involvement, and in celebration of his retirement, Alterna and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada will award an annual scholarship award in John and his family - The John and Mary Lahey Academic Excellence Award. Starting in 2013, in honour of his parents, John will present this $3,000 scholarship to a Boys and Girls Club youth. Neither of John’s parents went to University, but they raised eight children - all of whom went to university, with five earning Masters’ degrees.