From May 17 to 19, more than 2,000 Grade 4 students, 450 teachers and parents, and approximately 650 volunteers from across the county will be at the 15th Annual Grey Bruce Children’s Water Festival learning about water conservation practices and protection of natural resources to ensure a high quality water supply for future generations.
The need for better water stewardship is clear. Despite improvements in household water conservation, Canada remains one of the world’s largest per capita users of fresh water, second only to the United States. According to the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, in 2011, 43% of municipal water usage was residential.
In groups of five accompanied by a teacher/parent, students will go through as many as 46 interactive activity centres to learn about the wise use, conservation and protection of water and water sources. Each activity centre is hands on, educational and entertaining and compliments the Ontario Curriculum.
For the fourth consecutive year, Economical Insurance, one of Canada’s largest provider of home, auto and business insurance, has partnered with Miller Insurance Brokers, to support the festival with a gold-level sponsorship.
“Economical is honoured to be involved with the Grey Bruce Children’s Water Festival” said Robert Gow, Economical’s Vice-President of Sales and Distribution for Ontario. “We feel it is important to make children aware of the impact water usage has on our environment, and to encourage them to take action at an early age.”
“We are proud of our affiliation with a company like Economical Insurance, that continues to show their dedication to respecting and protecting our environment by supporting this year’s festival,” says Todd Farrell, President of Miller Insurance Brokers. “Educating youth about Canada’s high water usage, and providing them with resources to learn about water conservation, is a critical step towards a more sustainable future.”
The festival will focus on several key messages for students: use water wisely, protect our water supply, examine the interface between water and technology, and celebrate the overwhelming role of water in the ecosystem. Although the festival caters to Grade 4 students, the educational messages will be extended to the general public through educational radio ads, local radio talk shows, websites and media coverage.
Founded in 1871, Economical is one of Canada’s leading property and casualty insurers, with $2.0 billion in premiums during 2015 and $5.3 billion in assets as at December 31, 2015. Based in Waterloo, this Canadian-owned and operated company services the insurance needs of more than one million customers across the country. Economical conducts business under the following brands: Economical Insurance, Economical, Western General, Economical Select, Perth Insurance, Sonnet, Economical Financial, and Family Insurance Solutions.
About Miller Insurance Brokers
Miller Insurance has brokered insurance to homes and businesses in Grey, Bruce and Wellington Counties for more than 100 years. Starting in 1899 as the Jackson Bros. Agency, it has operated under the name of Miller Insurance since 1985 and has grown to support 50 employees in its eight locations. Proudly active in the community, Miller Insurance continually strives to provide the best customer service, and the best products for its customers.