OPP Teddy Bears take to the road to help distressed kids

en fran�ais

May 18, 2011 – (TORONTO, ON)� The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Aviva Canada Inc. have jointly launched a new program that will enable OPP officers to comfort distressed children they encounter in the communities they serve.

Through the sponsorship of Aviva Canada Inc., the Community Bear Program will equip OPP cruisers with black and white teddy bears that officers will hand out to children who have experienced a traumatic incident.

OPP and Aviva Canada officials launched the program at the Toronto Detachment where supporters and media were given a first look at the Community Bears before they take to the road in OPP cruisers with front-line officers. The 3,600 bears being provided by Aviva Canada will be distributed among detachments in all six of the OPP’s regions.

QUOTES

“Thanks to the generous sponsorship of our partner Aviva Canada, our officers can gift plush teddy bears to children to help ease the trauma they experience in incidents such as car crashes, personal injury and other situations that can affect them profoundly.”

— OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis.

“The new Community Bear program is an excellent way for OPP officers to interact with children following a traumatic incident. It is also a fine example of our officers’ dedication to ensuring the well-being of the most vulnerable among us.”

— Jim Bradley, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

“At Aviva Canada, our mission is to provide peace of mind as well as support for communities where our independent broker partners and customers live and work. We are proud to partner with the OPP to help provide comfort and reassurance to children in distress.”

— Jim Falle, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Aviva Canada Inc.

QUICK FACTS

  • Aviva Canada provided an additional one hundred Community Bears which they have sold to their employees and the proceeds of which are being donated to the OPP Youth Foundation.
  • The program launch coincides with Ontario Police Week (May 15-21, an annual initiative dedicated to increasing community awareness and recognition of policing services while strengthening partnerships between police and the community.

About Aviva Canada

Aviva Canada Inc. is one of the leading Property and Casualty insurance groups in Canada, providing home, automobile, recreational vehicle, group and business insurance to more than three million customers. The group has more than 3,000 employees, 33 locations, 1,700 independent broker partners and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-based Aviva plc, the world’s sixth-largest insurance group. For more information visit avivacanada.com.


L’Opp Distribute Des Ours En Peluche Pour Aider Les Enfants En Détresse

English

Mai 18, 2011 – (TORONTO, ONTARIO) � La Police provinciale de l’Ontario (OPP) et Aviva Canada Inc. font �quipe pour lancer un nouveau programme qui permettra aux agents de l’OPP de r�conforter les enfants en d�tresse dans les communaut�s qu’ils desservent.

Sous le parrainage d’Aviva Canada Inc., le programme communautaire Petit ours �quipera les voitures de patrouille de l’OPP d’ours en peluche noirs et blancs que les agents distribueront aux enfants qui ont v�cu une exp�rience traumatisante.

Les porte-parole de l’OPP et d’Aviva Canada ont annonc� le lancement de ce programme au d�tachement de Toronto o� les adeptes du programme et les membres des m�dias ont pu d�couvrir les petits ours communautaires avant qu’ils prennent la route avec des agents de premi�re ligne. Les 3 600 ours en peluche offerts par Aviva Canada seront distribu�s entre les d�tachements des six r�gions desservies par l’OPP.

CITATIONS

� Gr�ce � la g�n�reuse commandite de notre partenaire, Aviva Canada, nos agents pourront offrir des ours en peluche aux enfants afin d’att�nuer le traumatisme qu’engendrent certains incidents, tels que collisions routi�res, blessures personnelles et autres situations qui peuvent avoir un effet profond sur les petits. �- Chris Lewis, commissaire de l’OPP.

“The new Community Bear program is an excellent way for OPP officers to interact with children following a traumatic incident. It is also a fine example of our officers’ dedication to ensuring the well-being of the most vulnerable among us.”

— Jim Bradley, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

“Le programme communautaire Petit ours est une fa�on tr�s efficace pour les agents de police de l’OPP � interagir avec des enfants impliqu�s dans des incidents traumatisants. C’est aussi une bonne example de l’engagement de nos agents pour assurer le bien-�tre des plus vuln�rables parmi nous”.

— Jim Bradley, Ministre de la S�curit� Communautaire et Services Correctionnels.

� La mission d’Aviva Canada est d’apporter la paix de l’esprit et un soutien aux communaut�s o� r�sident et travaillent nos partenaires courtiers d’assurance et nos clients. Nous sommes fiers de faire �quipe avec l’OPP pour r�conforter et rassurer les enfants en d�tresse. � � Jim Falle, vice-pr�sident et chef financier, Aviva Canada Inc.

FAITS EN BREF

  • Aviva Canada Inc. a mis en vente une centaine d’autres petits ours communautaires, les revenus tir�s de cette op�ration sont destin�s � l’OPP Youth Foundation.
  • Le lancement du programme co�ncide avec la Semaine de la police de l’Ontario (du 15 au 21 mai 2011), cette initiative annuelle de sensibilisation communautaire, et de reconnaissance envers les agents de police, vise aussi � renforcer les partenariats entre la police et la population.

� propos d’Aviva Canada

Aviva Canada Inc. est l’un des plus importants groupes d’assurance de dommages au Canada. La compagnie offre des assurances habitation, automobile, v�hicules r�cr�atifs, groupe et entreprise � plus de trois millions d’assur�s. Le groupe compte plus de 3 000 employ�s, 33 bureaux et un r�seau de plus de 1 700 courtiers ind�pendants. Il est une filiale en propri�t� exclusive de la soci�t� Aviva plc, �tablie au Royaume-Uni et sixi�me groupe d’assurance en importance � l’�chelle mondiale. Pour en savoir plus, visitez avivacanada.com.