Our story starts in the middle of the last century.
It was 1951 when 21 year old Leverne H. Fyke left the family farm near Moosomin, SK to begin a career as a life insurance agent with Monarch Life. Seven years later he was offered the Assistant Manager’s job at Monarch’s flagship Winnipeg Gateway branch, so he and wife Joyce brought their infant son Terry to Winnipeg. Two years later Cameron was born and by 1970 Leverne had earned the Agency Manager’s chair.
In 1987, three years after guiding his office through the North American Life (NAL) acquisition, his physician, Dr. Wayne Russell, told him that he had cancer. Thanks in part to early diagnosis and swift intervention, by 1989 he beat the disease and retired from NAL to lay the foundation for the company that would become L.H. Fyke and Associates Insurance Agency Ltd. His sons joined him in 1994.
Number one son Terry J. Fyke started his financial services career as an employee benefits consultant with Monarch Life in 1980. After moving to Toronto, marrying Marilyn in 1983 and spending a couple of years with Great West Life, he transferred back to Winnipeg with NAL in 1985 and started a family. After building his family cottage at Lake of the Woods, he left NAL in 1994 to help build a consulting firm with his father and brother Cameron.
In 1984, Cameron Fyke began his career as an insurance agent in his father’s branch. Throughout his years with the agency, he was consistently recognized for the quality of service he provided to his clients. He left the agency in 1994 to join his father and brother in the family enterprise. Over his career, he logged thousands of miles helping families from Saskatchewan to North West Ontario plan for their future financial security. His tragic passing in 2006 left two daughters with fond memories of a hard working and ever caring father. Fortunately, he practiced what he preached and had structured a contingency plan ensuring that his clients would be looked after by business partner Tom Russell.
It was also in 1984, as Tom Russell was completing a Bachelors of Science (B.Sc.) in Biology with an eye to following father Wayne into medicine, that family friend Leverne Fyke started promoting a career in financial services. That same year, Tom bought his first life insurance policy from rookie agent Cam Fyke. Eventually, after earning a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Tom signed a NAL agent’s contract the same month he married Lisa in 1988.
After a couple of years he was asked to help train new advisors and seven years into his career he assumed Leverne’s prior role as Branch Manager for NAL’s Winnipeg Financial Centre. In 2000, four years after the NAL/Manulife merger, Tom hired Irene Allingham who was referred by the Fykes. She worked in his basement one day each week for 2 years to help him prepare to leave his management job with Manulife Financial's Canadian distribution division.
Heather Winch was closing a deal to sell her business, just as Tom was concluding arrangements to succeed Douglas G. J. Wiebe on his retirement, when Cam passed away in 2006. Leverne knew Heather through the Winnipeg Executives Association and introduced her to Tom, who was looking for additional support to service his, Doug’s and Cam’s clients. Heather assumed the responsibility to co-ordinate client communications for Tom just as a tumultuous 2006 drew to a close.
Shawn Bjornsson was going to open a clothing store in Gimli, MB in 1990 having finished a double major in Business Administration (Management & Marketing). He called his family’s life insurance agent (Doug Hutchings), whom Leverne had hired 20 years prior, to get a quote for property insurance. Doug suggested that Shawn look at the life insurance business. Shortly thereafter, Shawn started with North American Life on April 1, 1990. Shawn has known the Fykes and Tom Russell since he started in the business.
Tom and Shawn started a monthly breakfast club meeting with other advisors to discuss ideas and strategies. It was at one of these meetings that Tom asked Shawn if he would ever consider joining forces. Shawn had shared an office with fellow agent and friend, John Driedger. Shawn and John worked side by side for over 10 years. John Driedger was planning on retiring and not renewing his lease and Prairie Shield’s assistant was retiring in June of 2010 so the changes of both companies created an opportunity for Viking Financial and Prairie Shield Consultants to join forces, and create Four Points Financial Solutions.
Diane Beischer joined Viking Financial in 2001. She was introduced to Shawn by a Vice President of a mutual fund firm who was very impressed with Diane and had offered her a full time job. At that time, however, Diane only wanted to work 3 days a week so Shawn and Doug Hutchings asked Diane to join them at Viking Financial. Shawn was very impressed with Diane’s family values and she and Shawn have been an effective team for over 12 years.