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August 14, 2014 8:34 AM

Bill Spence, senior financial planner, was honoured with the task of presenting the donation to the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation to be put to use for the Jubillee Home. The money will be used to purchase patient lifting equipment. From left, Ashley Leask (CSA with Investors Group), Denise Leslie (Spence's assistant), Spence, Lori Anderson (Jubillee Home facility manager) and Norma Sim, Spence's mother. - Tom Pierson Photo

What does a golf tournament have in common with the Jubilee Home and investment professionals? For one thing, Bill Spence, senior financial planner with Investors Group in Lloydminster. It turns out that the connection between those three are ultimately very important in the quality of care residents receive.

“This is our 20th anniversary of our Investors Group charity golf tournament,” Spence said. “With that, consultants take turns being responsible for it, organizing it, and with that, they get to choose the charity of choice.”

For Spence, the choice was an easy one.

“My grandmother was in the home and my mom entered the home back in November, so there is a personal connection with the Jubilee Home and what they’ve done for my family,” he said. “It was a natural fit for that to be our charity of choice this year.”

In one golf day, Investors Group raised a whopping $37,263. How did they manage it? “That goes back to our business partners, our other consultants in our office and our golfers. We raised a record high of $37,000 this year, through pledges, donations, auctions. It was an incredible day to raise almost $40,000,” Spence was pleased to report.

When approached by Spence, the Jubilee Home had a wish list that included bed lifts. Day-to-day expenses also add up to where a donation such as this will go a long way. Investors Group’s first choice is to provide something that will have a lasting impact.

“Lloydminster is an incredible community and when they have the opportunity to give, and by partnering with the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation, it definitely is a win-win situation,“said Spence.

The other half of this equation involves the health foundation and the ultimately, the Jubilee Home.

“I have been facility manager here at Jubilee Home probably the last six years,” said Lori Anderson.

About the wonderful gift from Investors Group, she said they are, “very pleased.

“It is hard to purchase some of the more expensive equipment that needs replacing. Without these funds I wouldn’t be able to replace our overhead lift. We’d like to purchase an air mattress to make life better for the residents here,” she said.

A total of five lifts are on the list to purchase, and hope as well they can get an air mattress. The mattress is for when residents develop skin itch. Anderson added, “A win-win situation for staff, residents and families here.”

In closing, Anderson thanked Investors Group for their generosity.

“We wouldn’t be able to purchase them without it,” she added.

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