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Westminster Savings Is Proud to Support Local Athletes Ahead of Summer Games

Surrey, B.C. – July 24, 2018 Westminster Savings Credit Union (Westminster Savings) is proud to be a community partner of Special Olympics BC and is excited to cheer on six local athletes ahead of the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games.

The games will take place in Antigonish, Nova Scotia from July 31 to August 4, where over 1,000 Special Olympics athletes from all across Canada will be competing in nine sports: athletics, bocce, basketball, golf, rhythmic gymnastics, powerlifting, soccer, softball and swimming. 

We are proud to announce that we have drafted the six local athletes and will help fund their travel, accommodation, meals and competition costs. We look forward to cheering on these athletes and all of the other Team BC athletes as they compete:

  • April Armstrong – Burnaby, athletics: winner of four gold medals and one bronze at the 2017 Provincial Games.
  • Natasha Brayshaw – Ridge Meadows, basketball: winner of a gold and bronze medal at the 2017 Provincial Games.
  • Sarah Brown – Vancouver, powerlifting: winner of a gold medal at the 2017 Provincial Games.
  • Carson Buzdegan – Langley, basketball: winner of a gold medal at the 2017 Provincial Games.
  • Kayla Willms – Coquitlam, swimming: winner of one gold and two silver medals at the 2017 Provincial Games.
  • Matthew Williams – Langley, basketball: winner of a gold medal at the 2017 Provincial Games.

“Our life-changing opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities could not exist without the support of community partners,” said Dan Howe, President & CEO, Special Olympics BC. “We are so grateful to Westminster Savings for giving athletes the empowering experience of representing their province, travelling and competing with their teams, and achieving their goals at the upcoming 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games.”

Westminster Savings has supported Special Olympics BC since 2014, making contributions to benefit local community programs. In 2017, Westminster Savings entered into a three-year provincial partnership totalling $225,000 with Special Olympics BC to celebrate the power and joy of sport. 

“At Westminster Savings, we know that active living provides numerous health benefits that enrich the lives and wellbeing of individuals and our communities. We are proud to support Special Olympics BC as they help local athletes gain confidence, skills and friendships through sport,” Westminster Savings President and CEO Gavin Toy said.

Find out more information about the Special Olympics Canada Summer Games and Team BC on their website SOTeamBC2018.ca.

About Westminster Savings Credit Union

At more than $4.0 billion in assets under management, more than 67,000 customers and 400 employees, Westminster Savings is among the largest credit unions in Canada. Known for its customer and community focus, people-oriented culture, and sound financial and operating practices, Westminster Savings provides a full range of retail, commercial, leasing and wealth management solutions to meet its customers’ evolving needs. As a designated Caring Company, the credit union contributes a percentage of pre-tax profit to charities and nonprofits annually, helping to set the standard for corporate community investment in Canada.


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For more information, please contact:

Cathryn Tucker

Manager, Corporate and Internal Communications