This is where we keep news stories and items of interest about the Eastport team and our friends. Click on one of the headings below to see news articles, videos, pictures, financial news, and anything else that we thought might interest you for that month…


September 2011

Missionary Man

From giving away truckloads of free turkeys to lift people’s spirits at Christmas, to helping orphans in Peru, Jonathan Lewis commits his time and money to help make a difference in the lives of people less fortunate than him.

“Jonathan’s good nature and willingness to give never ceases to amaze me,” said Chasity Spindler, an employee of Mr. Lewis’ Eastport Financial Group who suggested he deserved public recognition for his good deeds, “even though he would never admit to that.”

Always a philanthropist, the 34 year old took it to another level when he learned about the plight of a baby boy named Daniel who’d been left for dead on top of a garbage pile in the Peruvian desert. The two month old needed life-saving surgery, which he would have automatically received in Canada, but that was impossibly expensive in Peru.

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  • August 2011

    Finances and Philanthropy

    Jonathan was featured in the July/August edition of Profile Halifax! Click the link below to read the full article.

    “Jonathan Lewis and his dog are a lot alike. They both have red hair, are calm and unassuming, friendly, and they both make people happy (trust me, I have met both)…”

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  • January 2011
    ”Better hands now” Ginja Ninja’s second film charts Jonathan’s adventures in Peru where he spent a week either side of the new year, helping to build a new orphanage building with Mark DeJagger (London Life alumni). Mark and his wife Kim moved to Peru to work on the project full time. Please contact the Eastport office if you are interested in lending your support to the project.

  • December 2010

    Ginja Ninja films is proud to present it’s first production “A PARROTT among the turkeys”

    This is the video diary of a group of Eastporters doing their bit to wish the community of Bridgewater a happy Christmas by handing out free turkeys to anyone who looked peckish (pun intended).

  • January 2010
  • November 2009

    Financial advisor pays $10,000 for 15 year old’s hole-in-one

    As minor, teen was ineligible for tourney prize. Story by Stacey Colwell (southshorenow.ca)

    When 15-year-old Bryden Ryerson aced a hole at a recent charity golf tournament, Jonathan Lewis simply didn’t have the heart to tell him he was ineligible for the $10,000 prize that goes with the remarkable feat.Instead, the owner of Eastport Financial Group in Bridgewater paid the money out of his pocket.

    “Sometimes doing the right thing is easy and sometimes it’s not, but this was the right thing to do.”

    Mr. Lewis often sponsors hole-in-one prizes for charity golf tournaments, including this one in Port Clyde a couple months ago and he realized right away that Bryden wasn’t covered by his insurance policy.

    “I grabbed the policy from the pro shop and sure enough, it said in large bold print at the top if you’re under 18 you’re not covered because it’s essentially gambling.”

    Still, Mr. Lewis didn’t hesitate to pay the prize himself, in part, because when he was 15, he had watched his father drown while scuba diving.

    “Bryden is 15, the same age as I was, and his father died a year and a half ago. So for me, it was the same as writing a cheque to myself 18 years later.

    “I may as well have been giving myself the money, and when I was that age, it would have made a huge difference for me to help get through university and get my degree.”

    Bryden’s mother said the money has already been invested in an education fund.

    “We don’t know if we would have been able to do this for him otherwise,” said Dawn Ryerson-Goodwin, a Cape Island resident.

    “It was very, very kind of [Mr. Lewis] to do this for Bryden.”

    Mr. Lewis said he’ll certainly sponsor more hole-in-one prizes next summer, with one caveat:

    “Certainly from now on we’re either going to make sure we have an insurance policy that covers minors or we’re going to make an announcement that they can’t hit it,” he laughed.