TELUS Corporation

TELUS Corporation

October 21, 2015 09:00 ET

Outstanding Canadians Recognized for Fostering Cyber Safety

Five honourees acknowledged for their dedication to promoting Internet and smartphone safety

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 21, 2015) - Today, TELUS announced the winners of the inaugural TELUS WISE Outstanding Canadian Awards, a program that celebrates individuals, programs or organizations that have made a significant impact towards keeping Canadians safer online. Each winner will be awarded $2,000 to further their Internet and smartphone safety program or cause.

"As a service provider, we know that simply supplying access to our network isn't enough; keeping our customers and their families safe online is just as important to us and that's why they can expect more from TELUS when it comes to cyber safety," said Andrea Goertz, Senior Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives and Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer. "Recognizing Canadians who embody that same commitment is why we expanded our TELUS WISE program to include these awards. The Outstanding Canadian awards provide us an opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding work being done across Canada to help foster a safer and more informed online world."

The 2015 TELUS WISE Outstanding Canadian award recipients are:

Anna Crosland, Teacher Librarian, Georges Vanier Elementary School, Surrey, British Columbia

Outstanding Canadian student, teacher or program (kindergarten to grade 12)

Dr. Wendy Craig and Dr. Debra Pepler, PREVNet Co-Founders, Toronto, Ontario

Outstanding Canadian student, teacher or program (post-secondary)

Carol Todd, Amanda Todd Legacy, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

Outstanding Canadian citizen

Staff Sgt. Darren Laur, Victoria Police, Victoria, British Columbia

Outstanding Canadian police officer or program

MediaSmarts, Ottawa, Ontario

Outstanding Canadian not-for-profit program

"From industry leading research to advocacy and school curriculums to thought leadership, each of this year's award recipients exemplify a deep commitment to supporting and educating Canadians on cyber safety and have made exceptional progress in their efforts," added Shelly Smith, Director, TELUS WISE.

TELUS WISE (Wise Internet and Smartphone Education) is an industry-leading program focused on providing free Internet and smartphone safety education for Canadians and their families. Since its inception in 2013, TELUS has reached more than 800,000 Canadians through TELUS WISE programming and resources. TELUS WISE works in collaboration with teachers, parents, students, not-for-profit organizations and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, partnering on educational resources, seminars and research to help keep all Canadians safer online.

For more information on this year's TELUS WISE Outstanding Canadian award recipients or to learn more about TELUS WISE visit or follow the cyber safety conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #TELUSWISE.

TELUS (TSX:T)(NYSE:TU) is Canada's fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $12.3 billion of annual revenue and 13.9 million customer connections, including 8.4 million wireless subscribers, 3.1 million wireline network access lines, 1.5 million high-speed Internet subscribers and 954,000 TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video, and is Canada's largest healthcare IT provider.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $396 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered and more than 6 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Created in 2005 by President and CEO Darren Entwistle, TELUS' 11 Canadian community boards and 4 International boards have led the Company's support of grassroots charities and will have contributed more than $54 million in support of over 4,800 local charitable projects by the end of 2015, enriching the lives of more than 2.1 million children and youth. 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 to receive this prestigious international recognition.

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