The Co-operators injects $30,000 into London’s newest research centre

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LONDON, ON, March 13, 2007 – The Co-operators has announced a $30,000 donation to St. Joseph’s Health Care, London. St. Joseph’s has launched a new research centre dedicated to the translation of research knowledge to the bedside and into the community in the fields of aging, rehabilitation, geriatric care, wound care, and assistive technology. The Aging, Rehabilitation & Geriatric Care Research Centre will aim to support national collaborative research networks and attract medical students, interns, and young scientists to these dynamic fields of study.

“The Co-operators has shown true community leadership through this significant gift,” said Michelle Campbell, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation. “The Centre’s launch is timely as we grapple in Canada with the issue of how to care effectively for an aging population. The Co-operators has shown great vision by supporting these medical specialties.”

The Co-operators was led to this initiative by Co-operators agent Joe Barnes of London, and local agent Patrick Zeversenuke has also lent his support. With The Co-operators’ donation, St Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation has reached its goal of $2.8 million of individual and corporate donations needed to build and equip the state-of-the-art facility.

With the baby-boom generation advancing toward the age of retirement, record numbers of Canadians are turning their thoughts toward achieving not only financial security, but also lasting medical health. The study of geriatrics will be of increasing relevance as record numbers of retirees begin to place pressure on provincial elder-care systems. The Co-operators believes that all Canadians deserve the opportunity to secure safe and happy golden years to spend with their friends and loved ones. Supporting London’s new Aging, Rehabilitation & Geriatric Care Research Centre was a significant and measurable way for the company to contribute to that ideal.

The Co-operators’ president and CEO, Kathy Bardswick, explains: “Not only will this new partnership advance the study of critically important scientific fields, but it will also enhance London and southwestern Ontario’s reputation as a leading hub of medical research and care. This is an opportunity for my organization to exercise local leadership — and surely there is no cause greater than extending the healing potential of modern science.”

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.