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School of thoughtfulness
by John Near, participant at the Elite Conference 2010
- These photos are courtesy of Jeffrey Wilson.
The sun is shining even brighter in the Dominican Republic thanks to a group of Sun Life Financial advisors.
I was among those advisors attending a conference from March 25-28, 2010, in Punta Cana. We spent a day helping out at a local school. We and our families cleaned up the grounds, did some landscaping, built a playground, and painted the school inside and outside.
We also donated money to purchase new desks. Sun Life Financial made a matching donation that paid for a new roof, wiring, septic system and well, ceiling fans and fridge, generator, new doors, steps and screens.
It was a rewarding hands-on experience for everyone involved. And 70 children much less fortunate than us now have a school they can look forward to attending.
I'm always proud to give back to my community and to help others in need.
John Near Annuity & Insurance Agency Limited believes in supporting the community. John, Ed and Jessica were platform speakers and recently participated in fundraisers for St. John's Rehab, an important hospital devoted to the rehabilitation of the disabled. As a founding member in the Canadian Association of Planned Giving our fund raising expertise is in demand by a number of Toronto charities.
John Near has been involved in his community in many ways throughout the years. He is a developer and supporter of the Trafalgar Castle School and St. Andrew's College, life insurance gifting programs and has been on the advisory committee for planned giving at The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation. He provides consulting advice to several charities, including the Head and Neck Cancer Foundation, The Archdiocese of Toronto and the Nature Conservancy of Canada. John is involved in his local church as a lay reader and fundraiser. His community volunteerism includes speaking engagements for Trinity College, University of Toronto and other community organizations.