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Greg Marcyniuk holds a copy of his first book in his office at Heritage Insurance. All proceeds from the book's sales are going to the Shriners Patient Travel Fund.
Greg Marcyniuk never thought he’d be an author.
“When I was growing up, no, because I wasn’t much for English when I went through school,’ Maryniuk said, “but as you become more passionate about something, it’s not that hard to write something that you’re passionate about.”
Marcyniuk has over 30 years of experience in the insurance business. Over the course of about six months he wrote his first book: Taking The Hassle Out Of What You Need To Know About Insurance.
“The biggest reason why I wanted to write this book was to make it easier for the common person to read about insurance and to know a little bit more about insurance,” Marcyniuk said.
“You’re not going to have a PhD in insurance when you’re done, but it will give you a better understanding of insurance.”
He said the most important and difficult task was to take complicated information and make it understandable.
Marcyniuk simplified types of coverage and the specifics you should be looking for, whether you need home, business or auto insurance.
“It was a tough-go but I think I’ve accomplished what was required,” Marcyniuk said.
His business, Heritage Insurance, has over 7,000 clients. He’s published a monthly newsletter for the past six years.
Though Marcyniuk didn’t predict writing a book would be in his future, merging two of his passions.
“The proceeds are going 100 per cent to the Shrine Patient Travel Fund,” Marcyniuk said.
Marcyniuk has been involved with the Shrine Club in Moose Jaw for 23 years. He knew that he wanted the $18.80 for each copy of the book to go to help people in the community.
“I’m very passionate about the Shrine Club, just as passionate as I am about the insurance industry,” Marcyniuk said. “I just felt that if I’m going to sell a book, I don’t require the proceeds.”
He has seen the benefits of supporting local people in need.
“I’ve seen burnt kids that were on their deathbed that are now healthy, happy and active people within the community,” Marcyniuk said.
He’s using the launch of Taking The Hassle Out of What You Need To Know About Insurance to help local high schools too.
Marcyniuk is having a book signing on Sept. 19 in the Heritage Insurance parking lot. Peacock Collegiate and Central Collegiate will be selling hotdogs – competitively.
“The school that raises the most, I’m going to match that amount and that will go to their student fund,” Marcyniuk said.
Heritage Insurance will be providing the hot dogs and Marcyniuk will be selling and signing books. The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Austin M. Davis can be reached at 306 691-1258 or follow him on Twitter @theaustinx.