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Painting the way for kids to play

Janet Seniuk

By: , Public Relations Coordinator

National Leasing launches Art of the Games, a live painting series capturing the 2017 Canada Summer Games and art auction for KidSport.

“It’s going to be a very exciting summer for Winnipeg,” says Tom Pundyk, President & CEO, National Leasing. “With our head office and the majority of our employees here, we wanted to do something special for the Games – something that would add to the festivities, but also help carry on the legacy of the Games here in Winnipeg.”

Left to right: Chris Fowler, President & CEO, CWB Financial Group, Jeff Hnatiuk, President & CEO, 2017 Canada Summer Games and Tom Pundyk, President & CEO, National Leasing with the Games mascot, Niibin.
Left to right: Chris Fowler, President & CEO, CWB Financial Group, Jeff Hnatiuk, President & CEO, 2017 Canada Summer Games and Tom Pundyk, President & CEO, National Leasing with the Games mascot, Niibin.

In addition to coming on board as an Official Supporter of the Games, National Leasing commissioned artist Peter Farmer to perform live painting at a number of Games events. Art of the Games will conclude with a final live painting and art auction at National Leasing’s Closing Ceremony VIP Reception. Attendees will have the chance to bid on Peter’s paintings, and all proceeds will go to KidSport to give all kids a chance to play.

“Art of the Games captures the energy and excitement of the competitions, incorporates Canadian art and culture and promotes sport inclusion for kids in need – it’s the perfect combination,” says Kim Browning, Director of Marketing for Sport Manitoba and Manitoba’s KidSport chapter. “And the campaign doesn’t end with the Games. The paintings, wherever they end up, will help continue the legacy of the 50th Canada Games in Winnipeg. We’re so happy National Leasing invited us to be part of it.”

National Leasing, celebrating its 40th birthday this year, has made community investment a top priority since 1977. It supports hundreds of local and national charities every year, including many sport initiatives and programs. Art is another focus area. The company has built a 230-piece art collection at its head office with pieces by local and Canadian artists. The largest piece, a 168-by-8-ft. mural spanning four walls and capturing Canadian landscapes and culture from coast to coast to coast is by Art of the Games artist, Peter Farmer. 

“I really appreciated how professional yet fun the National Leasing team was,” says Peter. “I liked working with a team with such spirit and a sense of community. It makes perfect sense to me that National Leasing has taken such an important role in sponsoring the Canada Games.”

Peter Farmer (right) and Cherry Eidse, Facilities Coordinator, National Leasing  stand in front of Peter’s mural in National Leasing’s Canada Room.
Peter Farmer (right) and Cherry Eidse, Facilities Coordinator, National Leasing stand in front of Peter’s mural in National Leasing’s Canada Room.

With Canadian art strewn all over its walls and every meeting room named after a Canadian province or territory, National Leasing truly values its Canadian roots.

Art of the Games is our way of showing appreciation for the Games and for the country where we do business,” says Tom. “With all the milestones happening this year – Canada turning 150, the Games turning 50 and National Leasing turning 40 – we wanted to do something really special!”

Don’t miss Peter Farmer at work this summer!

Art of the Games live painting schedule

Help the artist with his vision!

  1. Tag @NationalLeasing in your tweets

  2.  Include #ArtoftheGames

  3. Tell us what you see when you think about the Canada Games!

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