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Innovative national program brings together community leaders and TELUS employees to make decisions about local philanthropic initiatives

 

Calgary, AB – Community initiatives in Calgary will receive an additional $500,000 boost from TELUS every year thanks to the new TELUS Calgary Community Board.

 

TELUS President and CEO Darren Entwistle today announced the launch of the TELUS Calgary Community Board as part of a national philanthropic program that includes seven TELUS Community Boards across Canada. Charitable organizations are invited to apply for up to $20,000 in one-time funding for projects in the areas of health and wellness, education and sport, and arts and culture, with a focus on young Canadians and the innovative use of technology for the betterment of life in our communities.

 

The TELUS Community Boards bring together community leaders and TELUS employees to make decisions about local philanthropic initiatives, including donations to local charitable organizations and how TELUS can help meet the crucial need for volunteers in the community.

 

“Members of the TELUS Calgary Community Board will provide the local insight, knowledge and inspiration to determine where and how we can donate funds to maximize the benefits to the community,” said Mr. Entwistle. “They will also play key roles in helping TELUS identify where best to deploy our employees who are eager to volunteer their time to serve Calgary community organizations. At TELUS, we have a fundamental belief that in order to ‘do well' in business, we must ‘do good' in the communities in which we live, work, and serve.”

 

The board is co-chaired by Harold and Marilyn Milavsky. Other community leaders serving on the board include Tom McCabe, president, Theatre Calgary; Kim Kadatz, director of development, University of Calgary, Faculty of Kinesiology; and Ruth Ramsden-Wood, president, United Way of Calgary. Monty Carter, managing director, TELUS Business Solutions, will be vice-chair. Other board members from the TELUS team include Simon Vincent, Fauzia Lalani, and Mark Kolesar.

 

“The national community board program is a unique and courageous initiative by TELUS,” said co-chairs Harold and Marilyn Milavsky. “The board has already donated $750,000 to 40 Calgary based charities following its soft launch in 2005. We are excited about continuing to work with members of our community to identify and support the important work of grass-roots organizations that may lack the public profile or expertise in fund-raising. We have a unique opportunity to provide much needed funding for community initiatives and to help mobilize the hearts, minds, arms and legs of the TELUS team for the greater good of Calgary.”

 

TELUS Community Boards have been established in Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Rimouski. The community boards enhance TELUS' ongoing support of key charitable partners by expanding TELUS' investment in smaller, grassroots efforts.

 

Over the last six years, TELUS and its employees have contributed $24 million to a variety of charities, organizations and local partnerships in Alberta.

 

For more information about the TELUS Calgary Community Board or to apply for funding, please visit about.telus.com/community.

 

TELUS is a proud supporter of our communities
In 2005, TELUS contributed more than $11 million in educational, health, arts and charitable organizations across Canada. Consistent with TELUS' commitment to becoming Canada's premier corporate citizen, over the last five years TELUS and its team members have contributed more than $62 million to a wide range of charitable and non-profit organizations across Canada. By focusing on the areas of health & wellness, education & sport and arts & culture, TELUS is committed to investing in opportunities that include the innovative use of technology and make the future friendly for Canada's youth. To find out how TELUS is working hard in your community, visit us online at about.telus.com/community.

 

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For more information, please contact:

 

 

Cecily Dobson
TELUS Media Relations
(403) 333-2052
cecily.dobson@telus.com