The Little Village that Nurtured a Giant

Creator(s): Sipiweske Museum

Most visitors to the little village of Wawanesa, Manitoba - population 550, and located 50 km south east of Brandon - might find it difficult to believe that it is both the birth place and Head Office & Prairie Branch of one of Canada's largest property and casualty insurers, The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company.

This Community Stories exhibit shares the ongoing story of a little village, whose history is intertwined with a fledgling company that grew to be a giant in the Canadian insurance industry. In the 21st century, the company remains true to its small town roots. Each May, directors from all across Canada arrive for the annual meeting of this billion dollar company in the little village where it all began. The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company not only remembers, but honours its history.

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