September 15, 2005 07:00 ET


Local Saturn Retailer Helps Fund New Playground Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor TRENTON, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 15, 2005) - Editors Note: A photo for this release will be available on the CP picture wire after 3 p.m. this afternoon via PR Direct.

September 15, 2005 - Children living at CFB Trenton test drove a new Saturn today, but they weren't behind the wheel of one of the automaker's popular vehicles. Instead, it was a brand new playground funded by Saturn of Belleville that the youngsters put through the paces by jumping, climbing, swinging, sliding and laughing their way around, over and under the new structure.

The playground, named Fort Saturn, is the latest to be built under the successful Saturn Kidspace program, a grassroots program with a mission to provide safe spaces in the communities for kids to play, learn and grow. Fort Saturn, located at the Trenton Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC), is accessible to all base families and civilian children registered in MFRC programs. The playground is the first play structure on the base that is appropriate for children under the age of five.

"Today's opening is a testament of Saturn's continuing support for the neighborhoods in which our customers and their families live, work and play," said Dave McCall, Director Saturn Canada. "Saturn Retailers like Belleville's Bob Clute have championed the Kidspace program from the start, and personify Saturn's People First approach."

Clute was joined in cutting a ribbon to open the new Saturn Kidspace by local MPP Lou Rinaldi (Northumberland), Mayor Bob Campney, Colonel André Deschamps, Commander, 8 Wing/CFB Trenton and approximately 200 local children and their families who live at the base.

"Our entire team was honored to be part of this community initiative and bring the Saturn Kidspace program to Trenton," said Bob Clute of Saturn of Belleville. "Saturn of Belleville was delighted to support the bases' efforts to expand community recreational facilities."

"Fort Saturn will be an important contributor to the quality of family life at CFB Trenton and to our goal of fostering a happy and healthy military community," said Colonel André Deschamps, Commander, 8 Wing/CFB Trenton.

About the Saturn Kidspace program:
Saturn Kidspace is a grassroots program with a mission to provide safe spaces in the communities in which we live, for kids to play, learn and grow. Since 1997, local Retailers have helped to build or refurbish more than 340 playgrounds for children in communities across Canada. Playgrounds are not the sole focus - Saturn Kidspace also works with children's hospitals, museums, zoos, clubs, teams and on other child-focused initiatives nationwide. Saturn Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors. For more information on Saturn Kidspace, visit or your local Saturn Retailer.

About GM Canada:
Headquartered in Oshawa Ontario, General Motors of Canada employs more
than 20,000 people nationwide. GM of Canada manufactures a variety of
vehicles, engines, transmissions and other components, and markets the full
range of General Motors' vehicles and related services through over 785
dealerships and retailers across Canada. Vehicles sold through this network
include Chevrolet, Pontiac, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Hummer, Saturn, and Saab.

About CFB Trenton Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC):
The Trenton MFRC is one of over 30 such centres located in Canada and at Canadian bases in Europe and the U.S. Trenton MFRC provides a broad range of services in support of military families including daycare for over 100 children a day, welcoming services for newcomers (most military families expect to move every 3 years), employment counseling, second language training, and a number of different kinds of services for families facing unusual difficulties broadly linked to the military way of life. The daycare is a not for profit business exclusively supported by parent fees; the counseling and other services are largely funded by the federal government.


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