WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Feb. 28, 2017) - (TSX:T)(NYSE:TU) -
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Today, TELUS officially launched the TELUS Manitoba Community Board, led by Board Chair Dave Johnston, retired President and COO of Great West Life's Canadian Division. The TELUS Manitoba Community Board will provide $350,000 in grants each year to local registered charities across the province to help local youth succeed through the power of technology. This contribution is part of TELUS' total $1 million commitment in 2017 for community investment in Manitoba.
TELUS had been part of the community since it launched national wireless services in Manitoba in 2000. Earlier this month, TELUS announced it will welcome new customers and invest in wireless technology and infrastructure in Manitoba to further enhance the reliability, speed, functionality and reach of its world-leading 4G LTE network.
The TELUS Manitoba Community Board is comprised of distinguished business and community leaders in Manitoba including:
- Dave Johnston, Chair of the Board, retired President and COO of Great West Life's Canadian Division
- Ida Albo, Managing Partner, Fort Garry Hotel and Owner of Yoga Public
- Gail Asper, President, The Asper Foundation
- Dr. Gervan Fearon, President, Brandon University
- Rick Frost, CEO, The Winnipeg Foundation
- Annitta Stenning, President and CEO, CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
"TELUS has a longstanding history of giving back and making a positive and lasting social impact in the communities where our team members live, work and serve," said Darren Entwistle, President and Chief Executive Officer, TELUS. "Through our Community Boards, we put funding decisions directly in the hands of local leaders who know their communities best and understand where our contributions will create the most meaningful outcome. We look forward to working with these community leaders to make a real and positive difference in the lives of youth and families across Manitoba for many years to come."
Organizations seeking funding from the TELUS Manitoba Community Board must be a registered Canadian charity and demonstrate a focus on supporting local youth. The Board will accept grant applications three times per year and select those they feel have the most impact. Collectively, TELUS' 17 Community Boards have contributed more than $54 million in support of 5,000 charitable projects across Canada, digitally empowering more than 2 million youth each year.
"I am privileged to be part of such an innovative and important community initiative that will help youth right here in Manitoba," said Dave Johnston, Chair of the TELUS Manitoba Community Board. "Each board member has made a significant and tangible difference through their own community efforts over the years and I am excited about the social impact we can have in Manitoba when we work together as a team. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank TELUS for their very meaningful commitment to Manitoba."
More information about TELUS Community Boards, TELUS' commitment to 'give where we live' around the world as well as how to apply for funding can be found by visiting community.telus.com.
TELUS (TSX:T)(NYSE:TU) is Canada's fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $12.8 billion of annual revenue and 12.7 million subscriber connections, including 8.6 million wireless subscribers, 1.7 million high-speed Internet subscribers, 1.4 million residential network access lines and more than 1.0 million 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 over $482 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 1 million days of service to local communities since 2000. TELUS' 12 Canadian community boards and 5 International boards have led the Company's support of grassroots charities and have contributed more than $60 million in support of 5,595 local charitable projects, enriching the lives of more than 2 million children and youth, annually. 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. TELUS has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the past 16 years, a feat unequalled by any other North American telecommunications company. As detailed in our TELUS Sustainability Report, our commitment to sustainability is inspired by nature to ensure a healthier future for us all.
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