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IWK Health Centre to launch ‘Upopolis,' Canada's first secure online community keeping kids in hospitals connected

 

Halifax, N.S., – Rick Hillier, Chair of the TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board, and Darren Entwistle, President and CEO of TELUS, today announced the Board's members and its first donation of $50,000 to IWK Health Centre. This donation will help launch Upopolis.com, a unique online social network for young patients in hospital.

 

The TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board will donate $300,000 this year to local charitable organizations in Atlantic Canada. TELUS is launching this Board to bring together community leaders and TELUS team members to make decisions on local philanthropic initiatives, where charitable funding will have the greatest impact, and how TELUS can use its resources to positively influence the quality of life in Atlantic Canada communities.

 

In total, TELUS expects to contribute more than $700,000 to Atlantic Canada communities this year, including the Board funding and other community investments.

 

“There are many areas in our Atlantic Canada communities with a great need for support. The TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board is committed to lending a hand to help build healthier communities,” said General Hillier. “There is a vibrant culture of giving in the east and the Board is thrilled to give our first donation of $50,000 to help launch Upopolis at IWK Health Centre and give sick kids a way to stay connected to family, friends and teachers while they're in the hospital.”

 

General Hillier also announced today that several Atlantic Canada community leaders have joined the board: Legendary international recording artist and Order of Canada Companion Anne Murray; CTV Canada AM personality Seamus O'Regan; actor and comedian and Order of Canada Member Mary Walsh; Royal Newfoundland Constabulary chief Joe Browne; former NHL star Danny Grant; Fred MacGillivray, the newly retired president & CEO of Trade Centre Limited; Daniel Allain, vice-chair for the City of Moncton Public Safety Advisory Committee and executive director of Downtown Moncton Centre-Ville; and Quentin Bevan, co-owner of Bevan Brothers Real Estate. From TELUS, the Atlantic Canada Community Board includes vice-chair Karen Radford, TELUS executive vice-president; Halifax-based Linda Weaver, vice-president of Professional Services for TELUS Health Solutions, and Ken Power, manager of wireless enterprise sales.

 

Powered by TELUS, Upopolis provides the best features of social networking for young patients who often feel out-of-touch with friends and school when they're in the hospital. The site includes a personal profile, instant messaging and games, as well as unique features like a homework site to stay up-to-date with their schoolwork, child-friendly health and wellness information, and connections to other children in hospital.

 

“Upopolis will provide our young patients with the ability to talk to other kids who have the same condition, and going through similar challenges,” said Anne McGuire, President and CEO, IWK Health Centre. “We thank the TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board for their generosity in helping us launch this exceptional program at the IWK.”

 

The TELUS community boards are part of a national philanthropic program that includes eight others across Canada, in addition to Atlantic Canada's. Since their inception in 2005, the TELUS Community Boards have donated $16.9 million to local charities, supporting 1,205 community projects.

 

Local charitable organizations are invited to apply to the TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board for funding by visiting www.telus.com/community.

 

About IWK Health Centre
The IWK Health Centre, located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, provides quality care to women, children and youth of the Maritimes and beyond. In addition to tertiary (highly-specialized) care, the IWK also provides primary care services. The IWK is engaged in leading-edge research, the promotion of healthy families and the education of health professionals and other learners.

 

About TELUS
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.7 billion of annual revenue and 11.6 million customer connections including 6.1 million wireless subscribers, 4.2 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $135 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 2.6 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead our local philanthropic initiatives.

 

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

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For more information, please contact:
Allison Vale
TELUS Media Relations
416-629-6425
allison.vale@telus.com

 

Carla Adams
IWK Foundation
(902) 470-7744
carla.adams@iwk.nshealth.ca