June 26, 2008 09:00 ET

Maytag: Celebrating Canada's Most Dependable People, Places and Things

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 26, 2008) -

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In celebration of Canada's most dependable people, places and things as voted by Canadians themselves, the iconic Maytag® Repairman welcomed this year's inaugural inductees to the Maytag "Dependability Hall of Fame" with a public pizza party at Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Earlier this year, in celebration of its 100th anniversary milestone, Maytag® polled Canadians on what they think are Canada's "Most Dependable" things. The winners were:

- Canada's Most Dependable Landmark: Niagara Falls

- Canada's Most Dependable TV Weather Personality: Chris St. Clair of The Weather Network

- Canada's Most Dependable Comfort Food: Pizza

- Canada's Most Dependable Everyday Hero: Dory Rossiter, of Lethbridge, AB

Hosted by the iconic Maytag® Repairman, the recent Canada Day event was held June 18 at Niagara Falls, ON - Canada's Most Dependable Landmark - to honour and officially welcome them into the "Dependability Hall of Fame."

The event featured free photos with the Maytag® Repairman in front of the Falls, free pizza, an expert pizza dough throwing demonstration, and music by the Toronto band Two Foot Falls.

Canada's Most Dependable Everyday Hero

After a three-month long national search, a fourth inaugural category - "Canada's Most Dependable Everyday Hero" - has been filled by Dory Rossiter of Lethbridge, Alberta, in recognition of her outstanding commitment to community volunteerism.

Ms. Rossiter, who will receive a luxury suite of Maytag® home appliances and accessories valued at $10,000 CDN, plans to auction off the prize package and donate the proceeds to charities in her community.

"I think the search to name Canada's most dependable everyday hero is a reminder to all of us to try to be dependable each and every day of our lives and to give back to others," Ms. Rossiter said. "I'm very grateful to Maytag for the honor and I thank everyone for voting."

Nominations of dependable everyday heroes were received from across Canada from family members, friends, clients and co-workers alike. A shortlist of five finalists was announced on May 5, each of whom were judged on four key characteristics: reliability, commitment to quality work or service, proven performance, and strength of will or spirit. The final winner was chosen by Canadians through an online vote during the month of May.

"Dory's unwavering commitment to giving back to her community exemplifies what it means to be an Everyday Hero," says Paula Zronik, marketing manager for Maytag brand, creator of the "Dependability Hall of Fame."

For information about the Maytag "Dependability Hall of Fame", this year's inaugural inductees, or to view additional event photos, please visit

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