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Beyond the Desk

A look into life away from the office.

Summer 2016 – Giving back to our community

Whether it is hiking, golfing or biking, it has been a busy summer for EPR Trillium and its people.  A cornerstone of our firm’s core beliefs is maintaining a strong connection to the communities we serve and one of the ways we do this is through participation in charitable activities that also promote healthy choices for our staff.

The “EPR K-Counters” Take Their First Step as a Team

 Teams walked with the Kinsmen on the track at East Elgin Secondary School

The first activity of the summer was participation in the Aylmer Kinsman “Thousand Kilometer Journey” on June 18th, 2016. The event was sponsored by and with the participation of the Aylmer office team, aka the “EPR K-Counters”, who helped the event to raise over $24,000 for the St. Thomas Elgin Hospital and its work with Cancer patients. The event ended after participants walked a combined one thousand kilometres.

Pictured below are the “EPR K-Counters”.  From left to right standing are Chris Button, Lisa Mervis, Anne Reimer, Rachel Reimer, Julie Bossuyt, and Nancy Button. Kneeling is Craig Bossuyt, with his three children Adam Bossuyt, Nathan Bossuyt, Kaitlyn Bossuyt.


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A Very Special Day for Jen

Next up, was the “Day for Jen” golf tournament.  The prior Sleegers Kirkwood-Pearce firm has sponsored and participated in this event since its inception in 2013. The event is in remembrance of Jennifer (Sleegers) Hodgins who lost her battle with Cancer at a much too early age. EPR Trillium sponsored a hole at this event and also entered two teams with participation from both the London office and the Aylmer office.

The event is a huge success with over $35,000 raised thus far to help the cause. Many, many of our clients knew Jen as well as the entire Sleegers family, so it is also a great event to catch up with them during the busy summer period.

A group “selfie” picture of our two EPR Trillium teams that participated in this event.


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The EPR Trillium Pacers (formerly the SKP Pacers) Ride Again!

The 2016 EPR Trillium Pacers, before hitting the country roads of Southwestern Ontario.

EPR Trillium LLP is proud to report that the Pacers rode again in the MS Bike Ride from Grand Bend to London and back to Grand Bend (GB) for the FIFTH consecutive year on July 23rd and 24th, 2016.

You will recall this is an event to raise funds to help both support MS patients and with research to end the disease once and for all. There are various events around the country but the GB to London to GB event is one of the largest with often as many as 2,000 riders participating. Over the two days, riders cover a total of over 150 kilometres and there are many prominent teams represented including EPR Trillium’s Pacers.

This year, we had a total of 17 riders with participants from four of the legacy firms. Returning riders were Liz Neal, Sandy Pearce, and Keith Pearce (all from EPR Trillium-London) as well as Al Neal.  All of these have ridden each of the five years of the Pacers history.  Other EPR Trillium team members riding were Joanne Haagsma (EPR Trillium-Dorchester), Scott Snelgrove and Kim Cadman (each rookies this year and from EPR Trillium–London).  Other riders who have been with us for many trips along Southwest Ontario’s rural roads are Rick Malton, Erin Neal, Luke Edwards, Amanda Beardshaw, David Rush, and Ken Haagsma. Other rookies this year included Randy Green and Jim Bergeron, as well as our first MS riders, Karen Lowe and Luke’s sister, Lisa Wolfs.

Pictured here is Karen and Amanda after Karen so proudly finished the 2-day event.  We are all so proud of her accomplishment.

The weather both days for the ride was ideal…a tailwind both ways, first South East and then back North West the next day. Also unusual was the temperature with the thermometer well above 32 degrees Celsius and a humidex far, far in excess of that. Apparently these are the worst conditions for MS suffers to endure, so we were all humbled by the efforts to finish by Karen and Lisa under such circumstances.  We, who are more or completely healthy, admired their drive, stamina, and determination.  No one complained about tired legs or sore butts this year not even David who recently celebrated a milestone birthday, with a cake only partially eaten by Liz and Al’s dog, Hollie!  The picture of Karen with her victory sign at the finish line was an inspiration to all of us and you can see that she is proud of her own accomplishment.

But the real purpose of the effort was to raise funds for MS and we did that with our largest contribution ever, almost $12,000 which brings our five year total to over $35,000. We are all most proud of this and congratulate David who raised the most funds.

After the long ride, we retired to Sandy and Keith’s condo to enjoy some well-earned beverage refreshments and food. It’s interesting that during the ride everyone says “never again” but at the after party everyone looks forward to next year.

Special thanks to Bill Sleegers, our official photographer; to Irma Sleegers for being such a huge help at the after party; to Liz Neal the best Team Leader ever; but most of all, thank you to everyone who sponsored the participants in our great team!


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