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November 28, 2008 15:00 ET

RONA How-To Team Makes a Difference in London

RONA How-To Team repairs the Women's Community House's 25 apartments

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 28, 2008) - RONA inc. (TSX:RON), the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, renovation and gardening products, is helping a local women's shelter build stronger communities in London. Members of the RONA How-To Team will be strapping on their tool-belts and rolling up their sleeves this weekend at the Women's Community House for a special two-day project.

This weekend, the How-To Team will help paint, carpet and landscape areas of the shelter's largest building, which is home to 25 apartments. All material used by the How-To Team has been donated by RONA. The How-To Team, staffed with RONA store employees, held its first such operation in Halifax last March while operations have since taken place in other Canadian communities. Through this program, RONA is taking an active role in helping local organizations and communities with some of their renovation and construction projects. The RONA How-To Team is an example of the personal commitment RONA network employees have for their communities.

"RONA is dedicated to the development of communities around Canada," said London store manager, Oscar Quinonez. "We are happy to be taking an active and local role in helping the London Women's Community House with this renovation project. Our employees are proud to be able to make a difference in someone's daily life," he added.

"It is only with the support of individuals and organizations such as RONA that we can successfully help women in difficult circumstances get back on their feet," said Shelley Yeo, Director of Transitional and Community Programs and Services at the Women's Community House.

The Women's Community House provides emergency housing, second stage housing and transitional support for abused women and their children in London. In addition to housing support, the organization offers counselling services and a 24-hour helpline. Their mission is to provide a safe, supportive place for abused women and their children, to end abuse against women and the impact it has on families and the community.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PART OF RONA'S HISTORY

At RONA, sustainable development means growth for our communities and our employees, as well as respect for the environment. Two of our most significant initiatives, among the many already in place, are the the RONA Foundation, established in 1998 to provide help for young people 12 to 30 years old by supporting local organizations and projects that fight the school dropout problem and illiteracy or offer training to help young people learn a trade or occupation, and the "Growing with Our Athletes" program, through which RONA supports 100 Canadian athletes.

Where the environment is concerned, adopting responsible practices in this field has always been a priority at RONA. At a time when most citizens had yet to see the environment as a major concern, RONA took part in establishing a Quebec-wide used-paint recovery and recycling program - an economical and environmentally friendly alternative to landfills or incineration. The paint recycling program was extended to Ontario last July making RONA the first retailer to recover used paint in the province. Last year, the Company released its first RONA ECO products, which are much more environmentally friendly than equivalent conventional items, thanks to a product development approach that's based on life cycle assessment. RONA also announced its intention of stopping the sale of synthetic pesticides for cosmetic use across its Canadian stores beginning July 1st, 2009, and has launched a new Procurement Policy for wood products, giving preference to certified wood.

About RONA

RONA is the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products. RONA operates a network of close to 700 corporate, franchise and affiliate stores of various sizes and formats. With over 27,000 employees working under its family of banners in every region of Canada and more than 15 million square feet of retail space, the RONA store network generates over $6.3 billion in annual retail sales. For more, please visit rona.ca.

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