Community and Business News
Supporting our community and local organizations is important to us and we love to share news about our business and the community events we are involved in.
Grand Re-Opening - November 1st
On Thursday November 1st we will be opening our doors for a Grand Re-Opening celebration of our newly renovated location at 14104 Belmont Road, Belmont.
Please join us for an open house and drop in between 1pm and 7pm. Read more
Our ice scooters are still going strong - October 2018
Several years ago we donated two heavy duty skating aids to the Belmont Arena. We are so happy to see our ice scooters still going strong and being used so much over the years.
Thank you Kilah for letting us share your photo from yesterday's community skate.
Exterior Renovations - September 2018
Our exterior building renovations are now complete. Our new front entrance signs have been installed and we're thrilled with the results.
Autumn has arrived and we're getting into the fall harvest spirit and loving our outdoor fall decor.
Community Sports Sponsorship
We are proud to be among the 2018/2019 sponsors for Dorchester Dragons Ringette. Have a great season girls!
Making a Difference Conference - September 2018
Stacie and Sally spent the day at beautiful Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge attending Manulife's 'Making a Difference' conference.
The day was filled with valuable sessions and information, and sharing among peers designed for Assistants and Associates to 'Make a Difference' in their office and in the lives of our clients.
Thank you Manulife for a great event.
Belmont and Area Horticultural Society
Belmont is blooming! We are proud supporters of the Belmont and Area Horticultural Society. They do many things in our community including taking care of the gardens at Ron Lake Park, the Post Office, Library and Veterans area of the Community Garden. They supplied funds for trees for the Splashpad, supply flower boxes on the bridge and participate in the 'All that Glitters' light display in the park at Christmas just to name a few. Thank you for everything you to do keep Belmont beautiful!
Striking out Cancer Fundraiser - August 2018
We're pleased to participate in the local Striking out Cancer Fundraiser in Belmont with a silent auction donation.
We wish the fundraising committee and Warren family a successful weekend raising the funds needed.
Belmont Minor Soccer team sponsorship
We are always pleased to sponsor a soccer team each year for our local Belmont Minor Soccer League and this year was no exception.
Great season girls and a big thank you to the coaches and volunteers for making this season a success!
Belmont Library Summer Reading Program
The Belmont Library hosts the TD Summer Reading Club designed to encourage children to read for fun throughout the summer months, promote literacy amongst our young and to become better acquinted with the many services of the local library. We were pleased to donate some reading prizes towards this great local program.
This program was a big success this year with 92 children enrolled and a total of 1,946 books read. Well done kids!
A big congratulations and thank you to the Belmont Library staff on the success of this amazing local program.
Community Park Golf Tournament - June 2018
We were pleased to be a hole sponsor once again this year for the Belmont Community Park Golf Tournament.
Thank you to the Community Park Committee members for your hard work raising funds to keep our park looking beautiful for the community to enjoy.
Educast Fishing Tournament - May 2018
Once again this year we are proud to sponsor Educast, the Ontario High School Fishing Series.
The students have had two great tournament days this week and finalists will move on for the opportunity to fish with a pro next month.
As always a great event!
Relay For Life - May 2018
We were pleased to be a corporate sponsor for the East Elgin Secondary School Relay for Life to help reach the community goal of raising $35,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Congratulations to all organizers and participants on a job well done!
Administrative Assistants Day - April 2018
Happy Administrative Assistants Day to Stacie Van Liere!
We thank you for your ongoing dedication, support and ability to keep our office organized and running smoothly.
You are a valuable member of our team.
Thank you for all that you do!
Guest speaker Larry Berman - April 2018
We had the pleasure of seeing Larry Berman, Host of BNN's Berman's Call. Larry provided his insights on global macro-economics, technical analysis, behavioural finance and market performace.
It's no surprise his weekly BNN segment is such a long running success. We were happy to have the opportunity to see this informative financial personality in London.
Canadian Institute of Financial Planning
We are proud members of the Canadian Institute of Financial Planners.
Community Spaghetti Dinner - February 2018
Getting our raffle table donations together for the spaghetti put on by the Belmont Lions Club with proceeds to South Dorchester Public School. We are happy to participate in this great community event once again. Thank you to the Belmont Lions Club and our fellow local business and community members for supporting our local school.
Welcome Sally Szeider-MacIntyre - January 2018
We are pleased to welcome Sally Szeider-MacIntyre to our financial practice as an Associate Financial Advisor.
Sally comes to us with over 22 years experience in the financial services industry advising clients on investing, credit, and day to day banking activities.
She has a diploma in Finance from Fanshawe College along with Canadian Securities and Professional Financial Planning certifications from Canadian Securities Institute.
We are thrilled to have Sally join our team and we know her experience and genuine care for her clients makes her a perfect fit for us.
It's official! We've moved in. - January 2018
We are pleased to announce our office move is now complete and we are settling into our new location nicely.
While the inside renovations are looking good, the outside still needs work. Exterior signs and upgrades will be completed in the coming months as the weather improves.
We are planning to host an open house in our new office later this year once everything is finished.
Stay tuned for details!
Farrow Financial Sign comes down - January 2018
We had our Farrow Financial sign taken off our former office building today.
It was bitter sweet, marking the end of an era and the start of new beginnings in our new space.
New signage is in the works for spring when the weather improves. Stay tuned!
Moving the office - January 2018
It's been a busy week of moving and while we're still sorting ourselves out we're officially into our new location at 14104 Belmont Road.
We're so excited to get settled into our new office!
A nostalgic Christmas card this year - December 2017
With our upcoming office move, this year we made our Christmas cards to commemorate our years (2005-2017) at this location.
We will forever have many great memories from our time in this lovely space.
Belmont Santa Claus Parade - December 2017
Another amazing parade this year. Lots of families came out to enjoy the festivities and for our 13th year running, we provided hot chocolate to the community during the parade. We handed out 500 cups of hot chocolate this year. A huge thank you to our friends and family who help us pull this off each year!
Belmont Koffee Klatch guest - November 2017
Stephanie had the pleasure of speaking at the local Koffee Klatch at the Belmont United Church. It was a lovely morning with a great group of people.
Thank you for the invitation, we were pleased to be part of it!
Operation Christmas Child - November 2017
Our Operation Christmas Child Samaritans Shoebox is packed and ready to go.
We are participating in this initiative coordinated by the Belmont United Church to collect Christmas packages to be delivered to children living in war, poverty or disaster.
We're hoping this will brighten Christmas for one little girl.
Sweater donations delivered to the Inn
Winter is coming and not everyone has warm food and shelter.
The sweater and warm clothing donations we collected have been delivered to the St. Thomas and area homeless shelter, Inn out of the Cold St. Thomas - Elgin.
We received a lovely thank you card from the Inn thanking everyone who made a donation. Thank you.
L'il Monster Walk - Halloween 2017
We were pleased to support Belmont's annual L'il Monster Walk once again this year.
We had the cutest L'il Monsters visit us. So many great costumes and a wonderful event for the liltte ones.
Dorchester Signpost - October 2017
The Dorchester Signpost published an article about our upcoming move in the October 11th edition.
It's been nice to have such great community interest and support for the growth and evolution of our local business.
A big thank you to every one of our clients and supporters.
We'll keep posting up dates on our Facebook page as we make progress.
Community Park Golf Tournament - July 2017
We were pleased to sponsor a hole this weekend at the Belmont Community Park Golf Tournament to support our local Community Park.
Thank you to everyone on the Belmont community park committee for keeping our park looking so beautiful!
Educast Fishing Tournament - June 2017
Once again we were pleased to sponsor the Educast Ontario High School Fishing Tournament this year, organized through local host East Elgin Secondary School.
Thank you to the volunteers, teachers and fellow sponsors who make this a great experience for our youth.
We are proud to be associated with this fun and educational event for our high school students.
Sharing the news; our future move - June 2017
We're moving, but not far; only across the street. As of June 1, 2017 we have taken ownership of the former bank branch building across the road from our current office and we are pleased to share this exciting news with our clients and community members.
We will undergo renovations over the coming months and if all goes as planned we hope to be doing business in the new office in January 2018.
Community: Belmont and Area Horticultural Society
We are proud supporters of the Belmont and Area Horticultural Society.
We look forward to seeing the fruits of their labour around town each year.
Thank you to our local horticulture volunteers for keeping Belmont looking beautiful!
Administrative Assistant Day - April 2017
Happy Administrative Assistant day to Stacie our busy administrative assistant and friendly voice on the other end of the phone. We appreciate everything you do.
We thank you and our clients thank you.
Celebrating 25 years in Financial Services
This year marks the 25th year in financial services for Ken and Stephanie, both starting financial careers in 1993. Over the years we have been fortunate for great opportunites to gain experience learning, advising, managing, hiring, training, speaking, writing, consulting and collaborating with some of the best companies and individuals in the industry. We have seen a great deal of change in the financial services industry over the years and look forward to what the future will bring as we serve our clients and continue to grow and evolve to meet changing needs. Thank you to our clients for many successful years. We know you have a choice. Thanks for choosing us.
HUB (Helping Unite Belmont) Program Sponsors
We are pleased to sponsor the HUB, our community organization, Helping Unite Belmont to provide local programs in Belmont. The HUB hosts and supports events for all ages. The HUB Kids events are well attended and a favourite among young families and children. The HUB Kids most popular annual childrens events include; Good Friday Easter Egg hunt at Union Park, L'il Monsters Halloween walk and bash, and the HUB Kids breakfast with Santa. Thank you HUB volunteers for everything you provide our community.
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser - February 2017
We have been involved again in this year's Lions and South Dorchester P.S. Spaghetti dinner fundraiser. Raffle table donations came through our door in the weeks preceeding the event and as always, local businesses, community members, and local service groups have made this small town event another big success.
Belmont Santa Claus Parade - December 2016
Another successful Belmont parade this year. At Farrow Financial, we served a whopping 500 cups of hot chocolate! A big thank you to the Santa Claus Parade Committee for all their hard work. The floats and bands were amazing. In January, our parking lot was home to the santa claus parade bottle drive raising $1300 toward next year's parade. Always such great local support for this community parade each year.
Womens Investment Club - November 2016
This month Stephanie had the pleasure of speaking at a Women's Investment Club. It is a privilege to play a role in the education and empowerment of women on their journey toward improved financial literacy. A big thank you to these women for the invitation. You are a wonderful group of bright, strong, educated women. Wishing you continued success!
L'il Monsters Walk - October 2016
This year we had the best weather for the L'il Monsters Walk ever! What a warm beautiful sunny October day. We had over 150 little trick-or-treaters come by. Our helpers were busy giving out candy, spreading the Hallowe'en spirit and enjoying the many cute costumes.
Community Fundraiser - September 2016
We were pleased to be a part of the local Wheels for Kevin fundraiser. Community groups, businesses and volunteers pulled together for a very successful event. We donated for auction a perch fishing charter for four hosted by Ken Farrow and 2016 Canadian Open Fishing Champion Steve Voros. After some exciting bidding Mike Shackelton took the win. These three fishermen are looking forward to their day together on the lake. This fundraiser had huge local turnout for a great cause. What an amazing community we have!
Matt Price Memorial Golf Tournament - September 2016
For the 6th year we were pleased to sponsor a hold at the Matt Price Memorial Golf Tournament. This local tournament raises money for youth programs and facilities in our community. A big thank you to the Price family and their team of tournament organizers for everything they have been able to provide for the youth in our community over the past 6 years.
Belmont Minor Soccer - May 2016
Our local minor soccer teams get started this month. Many Belmont and area children look forward to this meaningful team experience each year. We are pleased to sponsor a soccer team once again this summer. Good luck to all teams this season and a big thank you to coaches and volunteers who make this local league possible. Sponsoring Belmont Minor Soccer since 2008.
Ontario Horticultural Society - April 2016
In April Belmont was host to the Ontario Horticultural Society Annual General Meeting. We were pleased to support this event by donating pens and note pads for participants. It is the hard work of horticultural committee members and community park members who help keep our community beautiful and blooming. We thank you!
Local Youth Basketball - March 2016
Outside of work from September to April, you'll find Ken on the court coaching local youth basketball. This is the 7th year Ken has coached some of these boys. It has been great to see so many young players develop over the years. This group of boys have been a pleasure for Ken to coach once again this season.
Community Involvement - February 2016
Donations for the South Dorchester Public School fundraising raffle table at the Lions community dinner came through our door daily from local business and community members. The event was a great success thanks to the parent council and Belmont Lions with dinner served to over 350 people and 100 raffle items donated to the event. Community spirit is alive and well in Belmont and we are proud to be part of it.
Stacie celebrates 10 years! - January 2016
This month our administrative assistant Stacie Van Liere celebrates a big milestone with us. It's hard to believe 10 years have passed since she joined our team. Thank you Stacie for your ongoing dedication, customer service, and everything you do to take care of our clients and keep our office organized.
10 Years! Congratulations Stacie!
Belmont Santa Claus Parade - December 2015
Another success! It was our 11th year providing hot chocolate for this wonderful community parade. We served 400 cups of hot chocolate this year! Love seeing the streets filled with these happy little faces! Our donation box collected $95 to be donated to the Belmont Santa Claus Parade Committee for next year's parade. Thank you to the Santa Claus Parade Committee for all your hard work. The parade is enjoyed by so many people!
L'il Monsters Walk - October 2015
Mother Nature brought warm weather for this year's L'il Monster Walk organized by the HUB in Belmont. The streets were filled with children trick or treating at local participating businesses. Farrow Financial was pleased to participate as a L'il Monster stop once again this year. There were so many great costumes but this one was a clear favourite. It isn't every day you see a little girl and her pony all dressed up and trick or treating together! So cool!
United Way Fall Campaign - October 2015
We are pleased to donate to the United Way business fundraising campaign this fall. We believe in our community!
We're featured in Aylmer Express Business edition - Sept 2015
At Farrow Financial Services, we had the pleasure of being featured in the Aylmer Express business review edition in September. Thanks to the Aylmer Express for inviting us to be part of this issue.
Attached please find a link to the article as it appeared in the Aylmer Express on September 30th 2015.
Jackets sponsored for Ontario Champs - August 2015
Our local Springfield Brewers Atom Boys Select team had an amazing season winning both ORSA's (Ontario Rural Softball Association) and the Provincial OASA's, (Ontario Amateur Softball Association) proving themselves to be the Ontario Champions. Farrow Financial is pleased to sponsor championship jackets for this great group of young athletes in our community. Way to go Brewers!
Farrow Financial Soccer Team - August 2015
This year we sponsored the girls U10 soccer team through Belmont Minor Soccer. The girls had a great season. They strengthened existing friendships and grew new ones, learned about fair play how to be part of a team, and improved their soccer skills along the way. It was our pleasure to sponsor a team again this year. We have sponsored Belmont Minor Soccer since 2008.
Canada Day Farrow Financial ice cream booth - July 2015
We had another great Canada Day turn out at our community celebration. The festivites ran all day with a decorated bicycle parade, face painting, hot dog lunch, carnival games, live bands, Belmont Lions beef dinner, fireworks and much more.
We went through six tubs of ice cream at our Farrow Financial sponsored ice cream booth in record time this year!
Thanks for joining us.
Our blog and e-newsletter gain recognition - June 2015
We had our blog and client e-newletter service featured in the June issue of Dialogue magazine, published by Manulife Financial for Independent Advisors. Thanks to our clients for their positive feedback on our monthly e-newsletter and blog.
We are always open to feedback and ideas for topics you want to hear more about. If you have a suggestion please email Stephanie Farrow at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you.
Manulife National Education Conference - May 2015
Manulife hosts their National Education Conference every two years for Financial Advisors across Canada. We have just returned from this years' conference in Maui. While there, we took some time to enjoy and explore the beautiful Hawiian islands. Ken had a particularly great day deep sea fishing off the coast of Lahaina. What a catch!
Happy Administrative Assistant Day Stacie! - April 2015
Happy Administrative Assistant Day to Stacie Van Liere! Stacie keeps our Farrow Financial office organized and running smoothly.
She's the friendly voice on the phone and smiling face at the front counter our clients have grown to love.
Thank you for everything you do Stacie!
Blog updates now available on email - March 2015
Hot financial topics available at your fingertips! We can now send you an email to let you know we have a new blog post. From there you are one click away to the current financial topic explained in a short easy to read format.... written by us!
If you are a client with us your email is already on our list. If you are new to us and would like to join please sign-up at the bottom of our home page. We welcome you to our financial blog community.
As always, we are open to feedback and requests for topics that matter to YOU!
Manulife Financial Elite Forum - January 2015
During the conference in San Diego we had the opportunity to get some golf tips some LPGA golf professionals. We met Ryann O'Toole, Jackie Stoelting, and Maiya Tanaka. It was a pleasure meeting you ladies and good luck this season at the Manulife LPGA Classic!
Photo: Stephanie and Maiya Tanaka
Belmont Santa Claus Parade - December 2014
We had another great year at the Belmont Santa Claus Parade. Our parking lot was filled with people stopping by for hot chocolate and enjoying the Christmas music and parade. This was our 10th year providing hot chocolate for this great community event - time flies! Thanks for joining us!
Photo: Stacie and Ken giving out hot chocolate
L'il Monsters Halloween Walk - October 2014
We had great weather for this year's L'il Monster walk. Organized by the HUB in Belmont, children follow a map for some daylight trick or treating at local participating businesses in Belmont. We had over 100 little ones drop by with some pretty amazing costumes and big smiles.
Happy Hallowe'en L'il Monsters!
Farrow Financial Soccer Team – August 2014
Once again, our Farrow Financial soccer team had another great year. A great group of kids and parents!
Thank you to our coaches for the donation of their time and expertise to make this experience for our children possible.
Farrow Financial has been sponsoring Belmont Minor Soccer since 2008
Belmont Splash Pad and Skate Park - July 2014
The Belmont Splash Pad and skate park held their grand opening this July.
Farrow Financial has been involved with the Splash Pad and Skate Park committee and fundraising over the past couple of years. We are happy to see our new park is now open and ready for our local kids to enjoy.
It has been a pleasure to make a contribution to this local project.
Belmont Fun Day – June 2014
Each year we sponsor the ice cream booth at Summer Fun day for local families enjoying fun day in Belmont. This year we had another great day for our community with kids enjoying the beautiful weather, jumping castles, mini golf, horse rides and of course ice cream! Thank you to our local HUB for organizing this great event.
Photo: Ken and kids at the ice cream booth
Farrow Financial Rain Gauge - May 2014
If you know Ken, you know he loves farming and watching the weather for the crops. And, what does every farmer or gardener need? A rain gauge!
We now have Farrow Financial branded rain gauges Ken has been handing out on his travels to farms and client meetings.
Next time you see Ken feel free to ask for one.
Tradition of Excellence Dinner - March 2014
At this year's Manulife Tradition of Excellence Dinner, Ken Farrow was recognized for his Master Builder achievement, which honors financial advisors for their consistent and long term achievements since 1961.
Photo: Presented to Ken by Lester Heldsinger, Vice President of Manulife Independent Advisors (left) and Matt Andrews, Managing Director, Manulife Advisory Services Ontario West, Manitoba & Saskatchewan (right).
Belmont Santa Claus Parade – December 2013
In 2005 we began the tradition of offering hot chocolate to families in Belmont watching the Santa Claus Parade. It was a hit! And we have been doing it ever since.
Our central location on Main Street makes it the perfect place to stop for some hot chocolate and watch the parade.
This was our 9th parade, and once again we had good weather and lots of people. Our donation box collected around $50 for the Santa Claus Parade committee towards next year’s parade.
We celebrate 20 years in Financial Services - 2013
This year marks 20 years since both Ken and Stephanie started their careers in the financial planning industry as financial advisors in 1993. How time flies!
Thank you to our clients and business associates for 20 great years so far.
Ice Scooters donated to Belmont Arena – November 2012
Excerpt from Dorchester Signpost article December 5th 2012
Ice Scooters donated to the Belmont Arena
Belmont welcomed two brand new ice scooters to the arena this week. Donated by Farrow Financial Services in Belmont, these skating aids, designed to help children learn to skate are a great addition to the community centre.
Ken and Stephanie Farrow, owners of Farrow Financial Services, thought a good sturdy skate aid would be a great donation to the arena. The ice scooters are a fitting donation for a community like Belmont where skating and hockey are popular activities for youth and families. This heavy duty plastic molded ice scooter has received great feedback from arenas across Canada for being the most sturdy, durable, and safest skating aid available.
Our new sign has arrived! – April 2012
Excerpt from Dorchester Signpost article April 25th 2012
Ken and Stephanie Farrow, owners of Farrow Financial Services, were pleased to welcome a new sign to their office front recently. The two financial advisors have been operating their financial practice out of the Belmont office for the past six years, and this year they celebrate 19 years in financial planning.
The Farrows have received many compliments from local residents and clients on their new sign. “We wanted something that would compliment our business and the main street of Belmont,” explained Stephanie.
Ken Farrow Selected for Advisor Forums – 2011
Regional Advisor Forum
In July 2011, Ken was selected as one of five financial advisors in Southwestern Ontario to attend the Manulife Financial Regional Advisor Forum. Each year Manulife selects several successful independent advisors who they value doing business with to share their feedback.
National Advisor Forum
In November 2011, Ken was further selected as one of 13 financial advisors across Canada to attend the Manulife Financial National Advisor Forum. Not only was Ken able to share his expertise at this forum, but he also had the benefit of gaining new insights from peer advisors among the best in Canada