SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwired - April 29, 2014) - Today, TELUS (TSX:T)(NYSE:TU) is celebrating its community partners at the TELUS Celebration of Giving event in Saint John. The TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board will give $500,000 to Atlantic Canada-based charities in 2014, specifically to youth-focused grassroots organizations in the region.
"I've been a member of this incredible Community Board since 2009 and I am continually impressed by the outstanding work our local charity partners do for youth in Atlantic Canada," said General (Ret.) Rick Hillier, Chair of the TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board. "Today at our Celebration of Giving event we express our sincere gratitude to the organizations that truly put their community ahead of anything else. We're looking forward to continuing to work with local charities to build stronger communities and give youth the opportunities they deserve."
Since 2000, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $5.3 million and more than 7,300 volunteer hours to charitable and community organizations throughout Atlantic Canada. In addition, since its inception in 2009 the TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board has contributed $2.1 million in support of more than 140 local charitable projects for organizations including First Steps, the Salvation Army, the Doaktown Library, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Atlantic Canada and the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra.
First Steps, a Saint John organization, received $20,000 from the TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board in 2013 to buy 13 new computers for the facility. The organization offers housing to pregnant women and mothers under 25 years old and their children who do not have a safe place to live. While some computers are used to run the program and track its success, the majority of them are being used by the mothers for homework, parenting and job research.
"To do the right thing you need to have the right systems in place. The computers we acquired with funding from TELUS have made a difference in our efficiency and improving the ability of the girls getting their homework done and completing their high school diplomas," said Sharon Amirault, executive director, First Steps. "This funding has made a bigger impact than we could have ever expected."
Given the Community Board's focus on helping youth, TELUS is hosting a panel discussion during today's event on current issues facing Canadian children and how community partners can come together to address them. The discussion, led by General (Ret.) Rick Hillier, includes expert panelists Noni Classen, Director of Education with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, Constable Gordon Redfurn, local RCMP officer and Ken Power, TELUS Director, Atlantic Canada and ambassador for TELUS WISE - a unique educational program focused on Internet and smartphone safety for youth and families.
Celebration of Giving attendees will also take part in Commit to Kids - a free workshop presented by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. The Commit to Kids program is a step-by-step plan to help organizations create safer environments for kids. TELUS is a Founding Partner of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection established in 2006.
TELUS (TSX:T)(NYSE:TU) is Canada's fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $11.4 billion of annual revenue and 13.3 million customer connections, including 7.8 million wireless subscribers, 3.3 million wireline network access lines, 1.4 million Internet subscribers and 815,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $350 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 5.4 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. 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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