$150,000 gift from TELUS’ Phones for Good campaign helps build new library for Vernon
Vernon, B.C. – TELUS is contributing $150,000 to the Vernon Public Library thanks to local support of its Phones for Good campaign. Over the last year, for every new smartphone activated at a TELUS location in Vernon, $100 went toward building the new Vernon branch of the Okanagan Regional Library.
Once complete, the new library will more than double the size of the current facility and provide a dynamic and welcoming base for North Okanagan residents who made more than 250,000 visits to the branch in the past year.
“The ORL is honoured to have been chosen as a beneficiary for TELUS’ community investment,” said Maureen Curry, Vernon Branch Head Librarian, Okanagan Regional Library. “It speaks to the vital importance libraries play in our communities, and these funds have enhanced the new Vernon Branch, ensuring it is a place where all North Okanagan residents can find the information, entertainment and resources they need.”
Funds raised by TELUS’ smartphone campaign are helping to build the new two-story, 30,000 square foot Vernon Branch, which serves the residents of Vernon, Coldstream and surrounding rural regions in the North Okanagan with educational, recreational and cultural library resources as well as programs to the public, including children’s storytimes, author visits and school tours. The new building will offer underground parking, a community meeting room and much expanded space for resources, study space, computer stations and children’s and teens’ areas.
“Libraries, books and technology are the keys that open a world of lifelong learning,” said Steve Jenkins, TELUS general manager, Interior South B.C. “This is especially true in opening up opportunities for young people to develop the knowledge and skills they need to fulfill their potential. We thank our customers in Vernon who chose to purchase a TELUS smartphone, while helping fund this important project for our community.”
Since 2000, our TELUS family of 25,000 employees and retirees in B.C. has donated more than $100 million and, more importantly, volunteered 2.4 million hours, with our hearts and our hands, to community and charitable organizations. Additionally, the TELUS team will contribute a further $10 million to local, grassroots community projects in 2012. TELUS is also investing $3 million in Vernon in 2012 to expand 4G LTE – the fastest wireless technology in the world – to the community and introduce Optik TV to even more homes.
About Okanagan Regional Library
The Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) is the most economical, sustainable, and relevant source for information and entertainment in the BC Southern Interior. Established in 1936, the ORL serves over 360,000 people across an area covering 59,600 square kilometres through 29 branches. The ORL also offers various services online through its website at www.orl.bc.ca. Membership is free to people within the library's region, giving residents access to the 16th largest library in Canada.
The ORL has a collection of over 725,000 items – fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, newspapers, reference materials, CDs and DVDs available at your local branch. Branches also hold a variety of events and programs, including storytimes for preschool children, reading clubs for school-aged children, author visits, contests, wireless and computer access, and special services for members who are print disabled, living in remote areas of our region, or wanting materials in other languages. Over the past several years, the ORL has added feature films and downloadable Audiobooks and eBooks to its collection.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.6 billion of annual revenue and 12.8 million customer connections including 7.4 million wireless subscribers, 3.5 million wireline network access lines, 1.3 million Internet subscribers and 595,000 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. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards 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, please contact:
Shawn Hall Maureen Curry
TELUS Media Relations Okanagan Regional Library
(604) 619-7913 (250) 542-7610 ext. 1301