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TELUS gives $150,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie on behalf of new

Optik TV customers


Airdrie, AB – TELUS is contributing $150,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie, thanks to TELUS’ TV for Good campaign which gave $100 on behalf of every new Optik TV customer in the community for the last year.

The Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie are using the gift to renovate and purchase equipment to outfit the TELUS Studio. The new facility, located in The Centre next to the Ron Ebbesen Arena, is geared toward youth in Grade 7 to 12 and will be used for a variety of multi-media programs including the popular DJ class which encourages kids to use technology in a creative way.


“On behalf of the staff, board and members of the Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie, we would like to thank TELUS for this generous $150,000 gift to support our media and technology studio,” said Denisa Sanness, executive director, Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie. “Boys and Girls Clubs pride themselves on creating positive life changing impacts on children and youth in the community. With this boost from TELUS, young people have an opportunity to experience something new and exciting and open doors for their future.”


The Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie has recently expanded into The Centre. The Centre provides a safe, supportive venue for kids aged 12 and up where they learn to experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.


“We are thrilled our TV for Good campaign enabled our customers in Airdrie to choose a great service like Optik TV while supporting a very worthy cause,” said Brenda Desjardins, TELUS director of Customer Solutions Delivery for the community. “We know the Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie provides valuable after-school programs which help our youth develop healthy lifestyles and a life-long passion for learning, leading and a sense of social responsibility.”


TELUS recently announced it will invest $1.8 million in Airdrie in 2012 to expand its 4G wireless network and introduce Optik TV to even more homes.


About Optik TV

Optik TV provides never before seen functionality and features as well as more than 500 channels, including more than 100 in High Definition (HD). Optik TV is an IPTV based service and features applications like Facebook and remote record, an application that allows subscribers to manage their PVR recordings from any Internet connection or select smartphones. One PVR is all you need to enable every digital box in your home with the ability to pause, rewind and replay live TV, schedule recordings, access existing recordings, and pause a show in one room and pick it up in another room from the same spot.


With Optik TV, TELUS customers can even use their Xbox 360 as a digital television box. TELUS is the first TV provider in the world to offer voice and gesture navigation on both live and recorded TV, via an advanced version of Optik TV for Xbox 360 which takes advantage of Xbox’s Kinect sensor. In addition, TELUS’ Optik TV subscribers can now also enjoy a new application called Optik on the go, which allows customers to view a selection of TV On Demand shows and movies on their mobile devices, tablets and laptops, at home and on the move.


About Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie

Since 1979, the Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie has been providing high quality affordable programs and services that are accessible to all children, youth and families of Airdrie and surrounding areas.


Through social, recreational, educational and leadership programs, we help young people learn the skills they need to grow into happy, healthy, productive adults. Boys and Girls Clubs offer children and youth a safe place to channel their energies into positive, challenging activities that encourage personal growth, learning, community involvement and healthy living.



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.


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Chris Gerritsen                                                                       

TELUS Media Relations                                              

(403) 808-9591