January 21, 2010 09:30 ET

Significant RONA Delegation at Vancouver 2010 Winter Games: Nearly 90 Employees will be there as Volunteers

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 21, 2010) - RONA Inc. (TSX:RON), the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products is proud to announce that some 90 RONA employees will serve as volunteers at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver from February 12 to February 28, 2010. As a National Partner of the 2010 Winter Games, RONA is adding a very human side to its commitment to Canadian athletes and the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games.

This is one of the largest contingency of volunteers that any sponsor company is sending to the 2010 Winter Games. The employees, who come from all across Canada, were chosen by RONA based on their personal and professional qualities, they were then individually evaluated by the regular process managed by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).

A unique personal and professional experience

In the words of Christian Proulx, RONA's senior vice president of People and Culture, "Taking part in the Olympic Games will give these employees an extraordinary occasion to show RONA values, especially the spirit of service, teamwork, seeking the common good and a sense of responsibility. I'm sure that they will grow personally, and that they'll be able to share their experiences with their colleagues after the Games. All in all, it's a fantastic opportunity for the volunteers, for the other RONA employees, and for RONA itself."

RONA's 2010 Winter Games partnership

Sending so many employees to the 2010 Winter Games demonstrates the major commitment RONA has made as a National Partner of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Teams until 2012. For example, thanks to the RONA Growing with our Athletes program, 100 of our best hopes at the next Olympic Winter Games and Olympic Games will each receive an $8,000 annual grant for five years. The company will also contribute $2 million to the Own the Podium! program, with the goal of making Canada the most decorated country in Vancouver. (Please see

RONA also provided the building materials for a number of Olympic venues as well as to construct affordable housing in six British Columbia communities. Finally, the company set up the community-based RONA Vancouver 2010 Fabrication Shop to produce over 11,000 items related to the 2010 Winter Games. In short, as Christian Proulx says, "Cheering our athletes on, supporting the Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee, getting our employees on board for the 2010 Winter Games and helping to create a lasting Olympic heritage - that's what RONA is doing - and doing it all out!"

RONA's Volunteer Program Participants

City Participant
Abbotsford, B.C. Carol Weiss
Abbotsford, B.C. Cornelis van Trigt
Airdrie, Alta. Richard Moscato
Aurora, Ont. Peter DeMille
Barrie, Ont. Brian Flindall
Belleville, Ont. Mary Graham
Beloeil, Que. Nathalie Bellavance
Boucherville, Que. Dyan Brisebois
Boucherville, Que. Guy Lecours
Brampton, Ont. Carrie Fisher
Brampton, Ont. Jose Saraiva
Brampton, Ont. Mathew Piccioni
Brockville, Ont. Philip Brennan
Bulyea, Sask. Ralph Ehrlich
Calgary, Alta. Carlos Mendoza
Calgary, Alta. Danielle Spencer
Calgary, Alta. Fana Solomon
Calgary, Alta. Shannon McDowall
Chilliwack, B.C. Susan Krejan
Coquitlam, B.C. Gordon Johnston
Edmonton, Alta. Carl C. Vollrath
Edmonton, Alta. Delilah Homeniuk
Edmonton, Alta. Kelly Evjen
Edmonton, Alta. Kris McCrary
Edmonton, Alta. Lisa Hrabec
Edmonton, Alta. Matthew Smits
Edmonton, Alta. Norma Phaneuf
Etobicoke, Ont. Ronald McGee
Grande Prairie, Alta. Tracy-Ann Underwood
Kelowna, B.C. Danne Christianson
Kinmount, Ont. Kalab Dewar
Langley, B.C. Adam Armstrong
Langley, B.C. Marion Matzen
Langley, B.C. Shawna Morelli
Laval, Que. Suzette Dib
Laval-Ouest, Que. Catherine Riopelle
Lavaltrie, Que. Claude Asselin
London, Ont. Hazim Elgwaily
Longueuil, Que. Jean-Marc Gravel
Longueuil, Que. Josee Vachon
Longueuil, Que. Marianne Labrecque
Maple Ridge, B.C. Rick Gauthier
Maple Ridge, B.C. Robert Ian Langille
Mirabel, Que. Isabelle Bastien
Mississauga, Ont. Inga-lleana Taylor
Montreal, Que. Catherine Girard
Montreal, Que. Denis Gouron
Montreal, Que. Ekaterina Neytcheva
Montreal, Que. Marie-Claude Brousseau
MT. Pearl, N.L. James Cake
Nepean, Ont. David Small
Nepean, Ont. Sharon Lalonde
North Vancouver, B.C. Amanda McDonald
North York, Ont. Guillermo Medrano
Ottawa, Ont. Ashley Lamoureux
Ottawa, Ont. Lisa Lamoureux
Ottawa, Ont. Manjula Kerai
Ottawa, Ont. Michael Day
Otterburn Park, Que. Martin Littleton
Penhold, Alta. Leslie Moorhead
Penticton, B.C. George Gruszczynski
Quesnel, B.C. Vickie Kimmie
Red Deer, Alta. Tracy Cleall
Regina, Sask. Wayne Toker
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. Gerard Cloutier
Scarborough, Ont. Alicia Ylagan
Scarborough, Ont. Ray Wilson
Simcoe, Ont. Georgette Atkins
Sorel-Tracy, Que. Annie Lavallee
Southampton, Ont. Cori Gayton
St-Basile-Le grand, Que. Veronique Korine Parent
St-Bruno, Que. Lucie Regnaud
Ste-Barbe, Que. Melissa Laberge
Ste-Julie, Que. Guylaine Mcnicoll
Summerland, B.C. Raymond W. L. Goss
Surrey, B.C. Dean Skinner
Surrey, B.C. Jesse Fisher
Vancouver, B.C. Beatrice Singh
Vancouver, B.C. Bou Yeap
Vancouver, B.C. Mae Yee
Vancouver, B.C. Maria Bose
Vancouver, B.C. Robert Stotesbury-Leeson
Vernon, B.C. Bill Drake
Victoria, B.C. Jonathan Ripley
Windsor, Ont. Jane Dagenais
Winnipeg, Man. Cynthia Thom

About RONA

RONA Inc. 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 close to 30,000 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 billion in annual retail sales.

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Contact Information

  • RONA Inc.
    Media - Daniel Richard
    Director, Corporate Communications
    514-599-5900, extension 5751
    RONA Inc.
    Financial Community - Stephane Milot
    Senior Director, Investor Relations