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General March Newsletter 2023

Win 4 Tickets to an OHL Playoff Game

Win 4 Tickets to the London Knights Playoffs

We’re giving away 4 TICKETS to Round One, Home Game One of the London Knights’ OHL Playoff run. The game will be played on Friday, March 31st at 7:00 p.m. at Budweiser Gardens.

To enter and for full contest details, visit our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram page!

Canada Mandating Electric Vehicle SalesCanada Mandating Electric Vehicle Sales

Under new regulations that Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault proposed in December 2022, 20% of all passenger vehicles, trucks, and SUVs that are sold in Canada in the year 2026 must be capable of running on electricity.

As of 2030, that mandate will require 60% of all passenger vehicles sold in Canada to be electric. Manufacturers and importers could even face penalties under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act if they do not meet sales targets.

Read our blog for more information on this mandate, what it means, and what driving an electric vehicle on the roads in the next few decades might mean for the average policyholder.

Cathi Cullen: A Trip to Build Houses in El SalvadorCathi Cullen Builds Houses in El Salvador

Recently, our Commercial Lines Account Manager, Cathi Cullen, travelled with Shelter Canada to El Salvador to build houses. Here’s what she had to say about the experience:

“I had the privilege of serving in El Salvador from February 19th to 27th on a team building houses with Shelter Canada.

After a series of earthquakes left hundreds of thousands of people in El Salvador without a safe home in 2001, a small group of friends from Alberta felt compelled to help. They flew down for one week and built 3 houses, and from that small beginning, was formed the vision and mission of Shelter Canada today. Their theme verse from the Bible is Micah 6:8 “Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly.” They employ a staff of over 45 Salvadorans who develop community leadership, select and prepare families for the build, process and make sure everything is organized for teams like ours to come and build. The Shelter team connects with each of the families, sharing the love of God & hope of Jesus through the whole process.

Since 2001, over 4,700 homes have been built. What a thrill it was to have a part in changing the lives of 16 families as we built 16 houses on this recent trip. We stayed in San Vicente and all the houses were about an hour’s drive from there. The houses are simple steel-framed structures with steel siding, roofs and cement floors. The families are so grateful to get a roof that will not leak or blow away in the rainy season, and doors and windows that lock. One of the new homeowners that we built for told us that he is paid $3 dollars per tonne for cutting sugar cane. With wages like that, you can see what a big help it is to get one of these houses.

I am so grateful to have had this opportunity.”

Read to Ride Update – 1 Month In!Read to Ride Program One Month In!

We’re 1 month into the Read to Ride program! Here’s our latest update:

Jordanna Logan’s grade 3/4 class at Goderich Public School has just earned their first pizza party after the class collectively read for 500 hours!

Jessica Clark’s grade 3/4 class at North Easthope Public School is not far behind in earning their own pizza party! Just before March Break, Ms. Clark reported that the class was at 381 hours of reading. After the break, she said they were nearly at their 500 hour goal.

We look forward to sharing more updates with you in our next newsletter!

To learn more about Read to Ride, click here.

Try Our Aviva Trailer Widget
Try Our Aviva Trailer Widget

Trailer season is fast approaching! But before you hook up the trailer hitch, make sure you’re properly insured.

Our Aviva Trailer Widget makes it easier than ever! Simply answer 5 questions, and you’ll have your online trailer quote in minutes.

Try our Trailer Widget here.

How to Buy Used Cars from Private Sellers A Guide to Buying Used Cars from Private Sellers

Buying a used car from a private seller can sometimes spell disaster. When it comes to any big purchase, it’s important to remain cautious. Buying a car, whether new or used, should take time, and the risk of trouble with purchasing a used car from a private seller is significantly more than if you went through a dealership.

What’s the solution? Well, to be informed. Here’s Excalibur’s guide to buying used cars from private sellers, with some tips and tricks to ensure you’re playing it safe.

It’s Jersey Day for Laura!It's Jersey Day for Laura Nixon

The Excalibur Insurance team continues to grow!

If you are new to our newsletter, Jersey Day is an Excalibur tradition where new team members receive their official jersey after their first three months on the job.

This month, Laura Nixon received her Excalibur hockey jersey, complete with her last name on the back and the last two digits of the year she joined our team.

Congratulations Laura!

March’s Defender Spotlight – Sarah GingerichMarch's Defender Spotlight - Sarah Gingerich

March’s Defender Spotlight shines on Sarah Gingerich in our Exeter office!

Sarah joined our team in May of 2022 after a career in healthcare. In the short time Sarah has been with us, she has excelled in her role as an Account Manager.

Between helping with policy changes, renewals, and new lines of business, Sarah’s day is filled with client interactions. Sarah brings to the role a friendly, organized, and resourceful attitude, whether helping clients or talking to team members.

Sarah has been taking care of Krista Rose’s clients while she is on maternity leave, while also managing her own growing list of clients.

We’re thrilled to have Sarah as part of the team for many reasons, as she truly embodies the values of Excalibur Insurance.

March 29, 2023