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TELUS will host free workshops for 150 participants from local volunteer-based youth organizations

 

Ottawa, ON Today, TELUS announced, in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (CCCP), Respect Group Inc., the Ottawa Police and BackCheck, they will be hosting workshops in Ottawa entitled “Creating Safer Communities for Kids” on Friday, June 1. The workshops are two hours long and will focus on helping organizations take a proactive, participatory approach to protecting children in their care. Workshops are offered at no cost to the participants.

 

The session will include speakers from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, BackCheck, Respect Group Inc. and hockey great Sheldon Kennedy, who will also share his personal story.

 

“The safety and well-being of children is everyone’s responsibility and I’m pleased to be able to take part in this upcoming workshop,” said Kennedy. “I commend the work being done by TELUS and their partners to provide organizations with tools that are so vital in protecting our youth. With their help, we are continuing to break the cycle of abuse and creating positive change for us all.”

 

These training sessions will provide strategies; policies and a step-by-step plan for reducing the risk of child sexual abuse in Ottawa-based organizations while, at the same time, protecting volunteers.

 

“TELUS has been a proud supporter of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection since it was founded in 2006, and we have invested more than $1 million in supporting key programs that ultimately protect our youth,” said Shannon Gorman, TELUS national director of Community Affairs. “This workshop is an effective way to provide charities with strategies to ensure the safest environment for both youth and volunteers in our community.”

 

TELUS funding focuses on educating and empowering youth to improve their quality of life and to enable them to reach their full potential. To learn more about TELUS’ commitment to the community, please visit telus.com/community.

 

About The Canadian Centre for Child Protection

 

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a registered charitable organization dedicated to the personal safety of all children. Its goal is to reduce child victimization by providing programs and services to the Canadian public. As a child protection agency, its mission is to reduce the incidence of missing and sexually exploited children; educate the public on child personal safety and sexual exploitation; assist in the location of missing children and advocate for and increase awareness about issues relating to missing and sexually exploited children. The Canadian Centre has been providing grassroots service delivery for close to 30 years. To learn more, please visit www.protectchildren.ca

 

About Respect Group Inc.

Respect Group Inc. is the parent organization for the online education programs Respect in Sport for Coaches and Activity Leaders, Respect in Sport for Parents, Respect in the Workplace, and Respect in School. Our programs focus on the topics of bullying, abuse, harassment and neglect and include information about emotional and physical development, discrimination, hazing, and the inherent power individuals may have over one another by virtue of their position within an organization, group, team or school. www.respectgroupinc.com

 

BackCheck

BackCheck, founded in 1997, is Canada’s largest provider of background checking services, and one of the largest providers of background checking in the United Kingdom. Led by founder and CEO Dave Dinesen, BackCheck has for 15 years served nearly two thirds of the Financial Post 100, as well as thousands of Not-for-Profit organizations, medium and small businesses, and government. The first company to deliver background check results securely online in Canada and to offer a completely online criminal record check, BackCheck has continued technology innovation with the goal of maintaining the highest security, greatest customer satisfaction, and delivering the fastest results. For more information on BackCheck, visit www.backcheck.ca.

 

Sheldon Kennedy

Sheldon Kennedy was born June 15, 1969 in Brandon, Manitoba. He skated for three teams in his eight-year NHL career (Detroit Red Wings, Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins) and played for Canada’s gold-medal winning team in the 1988 World Junior Hockey Championship. He was also Captain of the Memorial Cup winning Swift Current Broncos in 1989. He is best known for his courageous decision to charge his Major Junior Hockey league coach with sexual assault for the abuse he suffered over a five year period while a teenager under his care. Sheldon’s subsequent decision to go public with the charges brought these issues to the social forefront. Sheldon has become an unofficial spokesperson for millions of abuse survivors around the world. His life story was made into an award winning television movie and he has appeared on Oprah, ABC’s Nightline, W-5, The Fifth Estate and was nominated as Peter Jennings’ Man of the Week. After retiring from the NHL, Sheldon in-line skated across Canada to raise awareness of abuse issues. In 2006, Sheldon wrote “Why I Didn’t Say Anything” a riveting account of the many psychological impacts of abuse. Sheldon’s ongoing work “in the trenches” has led to his passion to make change through advocating for victims and supporting legislative changes that serve to better protect Canadian youth from abuse. Having transformed his own personal situation into positive action, Sheldon continues to carry his message through Respect Group Inc., the company he co-founded. Respect Group Inc (RGI) provides empowering on-line education for youth serving organizations, schools and the workplace. The Respect in Sport program, alone, has trained over 150,000 coaches in the prevention of abuse, bullying and harassment.

 

About TELUS

 

TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.5 billion of annual revenue and 12.7 million customer connections including 7.4 million wireless subscribers, 3.5 million wireline network access lines and 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 550,000 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 $260 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Eleven TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS‟ local philanthropic initiatives. 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.

 

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

 

 

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Chris Gerritsen

TELUS Social and Media Relations

403-808-9591

Chris.gerritsen@telus.com