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Insurance partners celebrate more than 20 years with the OACS

Written on November 20th, 2009

[caption id=”attachment_2305” align=”aligncenter” width=”300”]OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Lombard Canada vice-president Shari Dodsworth, OACS board chair Gerry Steggerda, Lombard Canada underwriting manager Andria Wynn and Oegema, Nicholson & Associates insurance brokers president Bart Oegema pose during their presentation Nov. 7.[/caption]

Key to success includes program designed specifically for Christian schools

Lombard Canada Insurance and Oegema, Nicholson & Associates are celebrating more than 20 years of working with the Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools (OACS) member schools.

The companies sponsored the OACS Governance Conference Nov. 7 and made a presentation to Alliance board chair Gerry Steggerda.

Oegema, Nicholson & Associates president Bart Oegema says his firm designed the insurance program for Alliance schools which started in 1988.

“It was OACS’ hindsight or initial thinking that prompted this plan to go ahead,” says Oegema. “It was a wonderful process and I think we were very complementary to each other.”

Currently, 80 per cent of OACS member schools are involved in the program, which is run through Lombard Canada.

The program has a 98 per-cent retention rate.

“The program is especially designed for Christian schools, I think that’s the key,” Oegema says.

“We are strong promoters of Christian education,” he says, adding they are pleased to be part of the program.

The insurance policy includes property insurance, education errors and omission, participants liability, abuse liability, officers and directors coverage, school bus and student accident coverage.

Lombard Canada is a leader in business programs, education and child liability.

Shari Dodsworth, Lombard Canada vice-president, says it has been a long-term profitable program.

Dodsworth and Oegema both say a program benefit is schools can choose their local insurance broker.

One-third of the OACS members insured make a claim each year, with water damage comprising most of the claims, says Dodsworth, adding this year there have been nine weather-related claims ranging from $11,000 to $85,000.

The plan is continually being enhanced, and schools in the program now have access to free legal advice through a service called Legal Assist. Dodsworth says the phone number is printed on the first page of schools’ new policy documents.

“Lombard Canada really appreciated that the association asked us to present at their conference in front of everybody …  and have the opportunity to directly thank a lot of the members and a lot of the insurers,” says Dodsworth.

“I think anytime something stands the test of 20 years that’s a merit to it,” says Oegema. “The plan should go on for another 20 years.”