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February 18, 2010 11:47 ET

'Stop giving them labels. Start giving them choices': TELUS Toronto Community Board Announces New Giving Campaign; 2010 Priority Expands Support to Help More Youth

164 non-profit groups across the GTA have received $2.8 million in funding

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2010) - 

Editors Note: There is a video associated with this Press Release.

The TELUS Toronto Community Board today announced their 2010 campaign in support of Toronto youth. This year's campaign entitled, 'Stop giving them labels. Start giving them choices' is aimed at creating awareness of the challenges faced by our young people and assisting organizations that provide vital support to our communities.

An online video has been created to help launch the campaign, shining the spotlight even brighter on the importance of assisting youth through a critical time in their lives. The video can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWBytSLlGqU.

"In these tough times it's now, more than ever, that our youth, our future leaders, need support and programs to provide them with opportunities to realize their full potential," said Rita Burak, chair, TELUS Toronto Community Board. "We want local organizations to know the TELUS Toronto Community Board recognizes the vital support they provide to our youth and we encourage them to apply for funding. We continue to give where we live."

This year alone, the Board will donate $600,000 to help youth across the region in the areas of arts and culture, education and sport, and health and well-being in our environment. Funding from the TELUS Toronto Community Board is used to strengthen and launch programs for grassroots charities. Local community and business leaders sitting on the Board ensure investments are being made where they are needed most.

"Jobs are scarce as it is, so it's tough for youth today to find employment. Our education program offers homeless and at-risk youth print training to help them find jobs with career potential," said Andrew Macdonald, general manager, Eva's Phoenix. "The support from the TELUS Toronto Community Board allowed us to purchase new digital printing equipment to help our youth diversify their skills and give them a competitive edge."

The TELUS Toronto Community Board supports organizations including; the Toronto Friendship Centre, SKETCH, Eva's Phoenix, the Speech and Stuttering Institute and the YMCA.

TELUS, named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, has a proud history of supporting local communities. Toronto is one of nine TELUS Community Boards across Canada assisting charities that are making a difference. Since their inception in 2005, the TELUS Community Boards have allocated $16.9 million to local charities, supporting 1,205 community projects.

For more information about the TELUS Toronto Community Board and to apply for funding visit www.telus.com/community.

About TELUS

TELUS (TSX:T)(TSX:T.A)(NYSE:TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.6 billion of annual revenue and 12 million customer connections including 6.5 million wireless subscribers, 4 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and 170,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $158 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 3 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company ever to receive this prestigious international recognition.

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

To view the video associated with this press release, please visit the following link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWBytSLlGqU.

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