Our Community

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world”

- Desmond Tutu

We love our community and clearly see we have a responsibility to help those who struggle. Whether that’s around the corner or across the world, we want to do our best with what we’ve been given by helping wherever we can. Here are some examples:

Food For Thought Program

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There are over 4,500 children in the Central Okanagan that live in a food insecure home and are at risk of going to school hungry. Since 2009, Food for Thought has worked to eliminate hunger in children by meeting that need through the schools of District #23. Our ENCOMPASS Partnership will cover the costs
of an entire elementary school’s Breakfast Program, a low-barrier, volunteer -run initiative which allows children who come to school hungry to be fed a nutritious breakfast each weekday morning. A good breakfast ensures children can learn better, behave better and succeed without being distracted by hunger. We invite our clients and partners in the community to join us in our sponsorship – all your donations will be matched by ENCOMPASS

Justice Rising

At ENCOMPASS we believe children should be allowed an education no matter what their circumstances. In many war-torn countries of the world that education is interrupted or non-existent. Children are traumatized by what they have seen or even worse, have been forced into the conflict as child soldiers. Justice Rising works in The Congo, Syria and Iraq specifically with children to build schools, teach peaceful reconciliation and de-traumatize children. Their programs reach into communities by teaching skills to mothers and re-programming children who have been forced to kill as soldiers. Their work is powerful and effective at bringing peace to regions through the next generation.

ENCOMPASS has pledged to match up to $50,000 to help build and run these schools. We invite you to join us personally or through corporate donations. Ask an Advisor today how you can get involved in this work and have every dollar you commit matched for greater impact!

Living Waters Secondary School

On the other side of the world there are kids who don’t get a chance to go to high school because they can’t afford it. We think that’s just wrong. The Living Waters Secondary School, in Mwanza Tanzania, East Africa was built with funds from ENCOMPASS staff, our clients, friends, insurance carriers and our community, and is a testament to the power of working together. A high school for 500 students is now operating, giving a chance to kids who never would have had an education past elementary school. Now that’s what we call a success! We are still accepting donations for library books, science supplies and student sponsorships. Talk to your advisor about the great ROI when you invest in the life of a student.
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Love Justice

Hope for the Nations

As a staff and as individuals we know the best way to grow together is to volunteer our time and energy for something larger than ourselves. We are encouraged to invest in our own community and on a global scale in the lives of those who struggle in various ways. Here are some ways we do that

The Mission

Our staff regularly work at the local mission, preparing and serving meals to the homeless. We love the interaction with people who share our neighbourhood and see how important supporting local organizations really is.

The Kelowna Food Bank

The Kelowna Food Bank has given us the opportunity to get to work sorting food and stocking shelves. They have an amazing system that allows anyone to lend a hand. If you’d like to join us, we’d love to bring you with us next time!

The SPCA

Our benefits and pension advisor, Lorraine Richardson loves working at the SPCA. Her passion for animals and their wellbeing shines through whether she’s out walking their dogs or volunteering at their annual fundraiser – Cause for Paws. She would love to have company – so contact Lorraine if you are interested in helping her celebrate this great organization!

The Okanagan Boys and Girls Club

Another of our benefits and pension advisors, Greg Shorter, loves radio controlled model airplanes and he regularly shares his fascination with these tiny, but mighty, airplanes with the kids at the Boys and Girls Club, doing demonstrations and classes for younger versions of himself. Who knows – your future Westjet pilot may just be in after school clubs right now and it will be Greg that starts their thoughts a-flying!

The Air Cadets

Yet another of our benefits and pension advisors, David Rojas, is serious about his commitment to the Air Cadets. As a Lieutenant, David is part of the Canadian Forces (reserves) as an instructor with the 243 Ogopogo Air Cadet Squadron in Kelowna. He enjoys helping youth develop leadership skills, physical fitness, survival knowledge, music experience, and giving them a chance to get their pilot’s license. A pilot himself, David has been flying for many years with the program and has been able to teach hundreds of cadets! If you are interested in learning more about the Kelowna Air Cadet program, visit their website: www.243air.com

Post-Secondary Scholarships

Because we believe in education, here and around the world, we have sponsored scholarships with our clients involved in education and to the families of our clients through the ENCOMPASS Scholarship Program. Each year, high school and college students are given access to apply for scholarships designed to help those with a need, a desire, and the ability to succeed in further education. Each year we dedicate $3,500 in scholarships to deserving kids and a further $3,000 in the form of bursaries for needy students and their families.

Big White Contest

Living in the beautiful Okanagan and enjoying its amenities is great. But for some kids, access to great sport opportunities can be limited because of funds. In conjunction with Big White, one of our local premier ski hills, we provide one special student per year with a free season’s pass to fun and skill building on the top of the world at Big White Mountain.

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