Vice President Nik Lewer and Director John Atkinson joined forces with benefits provider Hardiman, Mount & Associates (HMA) at a recent golf tournament in Toronto to raise money for Grandview Children’s Centre (GCC).
“HMA is a company that I have worked with for 18 years now,” said Atkinson. “They work tirelessly through their local Rotary Club, along with biking from Vancouver to Calgary, to raise money for a school in the Dominican Republic. Barry Mount and his team have run this annual golf tournament for the last 24 years.”
According to the Grandview Children’s Centre website, the pediatric experts at Grandview Children’s Centre provide life-changing outpatient treatment, rehabilitation services and more to 5,000 children and youth with special needs and their families in Durham Region every year. Grandview’s main site in Oshawa was built in 1983.
Spring is always a very exciting time of the year at Lewer. It is the time of the year when the company awards scholarships to three very deserving international students who have dreams of “making the world a better place.”
The LewerMark scholarship contest, now in its 11th year, attracted entries from nearly 100 international students throughout the United States. Students submitted an essay explaining how they hope to make the world a better place.
Opoku Minta-Afari, who earned first place in the contest, is a student at Youngstown State University in Ohio, where he studies math and statistics in pursuit of an actuarial career. He has also been involved at Youngstown State as Organizing Secretary of the African Students Union.
During his undergraduate studies at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, he served as President of the Physically Challenged Students Association, which led to his creation of the Students with Disability Unit at the Office of the Dean of Students. The unit helps students with disabilities obtain help from the school administration in support of their education.
In the letter of recommendation, Minta-Afari’s Statistical Data Mining professor G. Andy Chang, Ph.D. stated that he nominated Minta-Afari because “Lewer would be proud to name him as an example of a LewerMark scholarship winner.”
In his award winning essay, Minta-Afari, who is from “one of the poorest regions in Ghana,” wrote about how he is managing to achieve goals despite the odds of success being against him. “I consider myself fortunate though I have had my fair share of hardships in life,” he wrote. “My chances of doing anything positive in my life was negatively affected when I was struck by polio at a tender age of 3 and became paralyzed in my left leg.”
“I overcame various financial and health related challenges to obtain an honorary degree in Actuarial Science in 2010 and worked as an actuarial analyst with a consultancy firm in Ghana,” he continued. “I aspire to be a distinguished health actuary, a decision I took after experiencing the challenges low income earners encounter in accessing and paying for quality health services. This can be solved with affordable yet cost effective health insurance products. I wish to apply my love for mathematics to help in the development of these health insurance products.”
Lewer awarded a total of $3,000 in scholarships again this year and is honored to play a small role in helping its LewerMark 2016 first-place scholarship winner achieve his dream to make a difference in the world or, in his words, “make a positive difference in society, one day at a time.”
Click here to read the Minta-Afari’s winning essay in its entirety.
The Lewer Agency is pleased to announce the promotion of Laura Caferro to Regional Sales Director, effective June 1, 2016. Caferro joined the company as a LewerMark Account Manager in 2014, following a successful career in academic counseling at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, Washington. Her focus is serving the international student insurance needs of schools in Oregon and Washington.
She is a 1997 Cum Laude graduate from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where she earned a Bachelor of Education in Special Education. Her career path includes work as a substitute teacher specializing in Spanish and Special Education for the Marysville School District in Marysville, Washington.
Following her graduation from Gonzaga, Caferro worked as an assistant director and Spanish teacher for the Bridge Across World Language Center where she developed and implemented curriculum for foreign language programs and training workshops.
Since joining Lewer, she has become involved with The Association of Washington International Student Affairs (AWISA) organization. Other highlights of her career include her expert and compassionate handling of the Aurora Bridge bus accident in September 2015, a tragedy that impacted LewerMark students attending North Seattle College.
“She is a tremendous asset and has rapidly gained the trust and confidence of our schools in the Northwest,” said her manager, Vice President, LewerMark Student Insurance Plans Jeff Crawford. “We are excited about Laura’s new role with the company.”
The National NAFSA: Association for International Educators Conference was recently held at the Denver Convention Center. The Lewer Agency has attended the conference for over two decades.
LewerMark Regional Sales Director and conference coordinator Erin Caswell did another outstanding job organizing the Lewer reception held this year at the Denver Zoo. A total of 153 guests enjoyed the exhibits, as well as a taco buffet that was co-hosted by Lewer, Sprintax, and Gasparian Immigration.
Vice President Nik Lewer and LewerMark Regional Sales Director Laura Caferro joined Caswell, and Vice President, Student Insurance Plans Jeff Crawford and President Mike Lewer for what was their first national NAFSA conference. Though it wasn’t Jane Clarke’s first conference, it was Lewer’s new Texas Regional Sales Director’s first time to attend the conference as a representative of LewerMark. Clarke served as a co-trainer at a Health, Safety and Risk Management workshop that was held during the conference.
“I think my first NAFSA conference was in the late 90s,” said Clarke. “It certainly has changed over the years. In my mind the most significant change is the number of providers and options for international educators. As the field grows so do the opportunities for students and educators.
“NAFSA has always offered wonderful sessions and workshops designed to educate and inspire IE professionals,” Clarke continued. “I am delighted to be a part of the LewerMark family. My past experiences in IE allows me a fuller understanding of the needs of our clients and their students.”
President Mike Lewer, Senior Vice President, Lewer Financial Advisors Greg Addison and Director, Small Business Development Tom Kohl recently attended a meeting at 7-Eleven’s new home office in Irving, Texas.
The purpose of the meeting was to review the company’s current Franchisee Benefits Program status and discuss ways to expand franchisee offerings in the U.S. and, potentially, Mexico and Canada.
“We value our longstanding relationship with 7-Eleven,” said Lewer. “7-Eleven continues to grow and continues to exhibit a real commitment to the franchise model. We were also happy to learn that they want to see more multi-unit franchise operations.”