It's Manitoba Day, and MTS is Celebrating!

Invests $100,000 in youth-serving initiatives across Manitoba

Stock Symbol:  MBT

WINNIPEG, May 12, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, on Manitoba Day in honour of Manitoba's birthday and MTS's commitment to its home province, MTS announces the 10 organizations selected to receive the first series of $10,000 Future First grants, and to highlight and celebrate their valuable work in the community.

The inaugural MTS Future First Community Grant recipients are:

  • Art City - Circle of Courage 
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Portage la Prairie - Go Girls!
  • Broadway Neighbourhood Centre - Just TV
  • Conseil Jeunesse Provincial - L'Élan
  • DASCH - The Scrap Came Back 
  • École Opasquia School, The Pas MB - Genius Hour
  • FortWhyte Alive - FortWhyte Farms 
  • Making Waves Winnipeg - Making Waves Summer Camp
  • Manitoba School Improvement Program - The Peaceful Village
  • Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association - Mini Paralympic Camp

"When you see the amazing work so many individuals and organizations are doing for youth in our province and the impact it has on our community, you realize what an opportunity we have, as a company, as citizens, to be part of something extraordinary," said Pierre Blouin, Chief Executive Officer. "The calibre of this year's Future First applications and the support Manitobans expressed for the organizations through the first ever public online voting campaign are a testament to the generosity and community spirit Manitobans are known for. It's been an incredible experience, and MTS Future First is just getting started."

To learn more about the recipient organizations, and the work they do for Manitoba youth, visit mts.ca/grants.

Last week, MTS employees from across Manitoba surprised the organizations receiving the grants. To see the reaction of the organizations and the impact MTS Future First has had since the program launched in December 2013, click here.

"On behalf of all of us at MTS throughout Manitoba, I offer our sincere congratulations to the 10 Future First community grant recipients for 2014, and our appreciation to all organizations who applied and to all Manitobans who voted," added Mr. Blouin.

About MTS Future First
MTS Future First: Connecting Today's Youth to Tomorrow is a multi-faceted community investment program that includes sponsorships, grants, donations, scholarships, employee volunteerism and fundraising programs to help in the advancement of Manitoba youth and reflects MTS's philosophy of investing and giving back to our community. The program articulates a clear vision for MTS's ongoing contribution to a thriving economy fueled by a vibrant, diverse workforce - one nurtured in healthy communities that provide opportunity and optimism for our young people. In 2013, MTS donated more than 1% of its pre-tax profits to charitable purposes in Manitoba.  For more information about Future First, please visit www.mts.ca/futurefirst, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About MTS
MTS is the leading full-service communications provider for residential and business customers in Manitoba. The company's suite of products and services include the latest in wireless technology, high-speed Internet, an award-winning IPTV service, voice services, home security, and an extensive range of business solutions.  A technology leader, MTS operates advanced wireless networks delivering the best coverage for Manitobans with its 4G, CDMA and Wi-Fi wireless networks and is investing to build out its extensive fibre-to-the-home network in over 20 Manitoba communities. MTS's momentum is fuelled by the knowledge, skills and spirit of its 3,000 Manitoba-based employees. With over 100 years of operations, MTS is rooted firmly in the community and is a proud sponsor of the MTS Centre, home to the NHL's Winnipeg Jets. MTS is wholly owned by Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. which is listed on the TSX (trading symbol: MBT). For information on MTS's products and services, please visit www.mts.ca.

Forward-looking Statements Disclaimer
This news release includes forward-looking statements and information (collectively, the "statements") about the Company's corporate direction, business opportunities, operations, financial objectives and future financial results and performance that are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. As a consequence, actual results in the future may differ materially from any conclusion, forecast or projection in such forward-looking statements. Therefore, forward-looking statements should be considered carefully and undue reliance should not be placed on them. Examples of statements that constitute forward-looking information may be identified by words such as "believe", "expect", "project", "should", "anticipate", "could", "target", "forecast", "intend", "plan", "outlook", "see", "set", "pending", and other similar terms.

Factors that could cause anticipated opportunities and actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, matters identified in the "Material assumptions" section below, the "Risks and uncertainties" section, elsewhere in the Company's 2013 Annual MD&A and 2013 Annual Information Form, all of which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Please note that forward-looking statements reflect Management's expectations as of today. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

SOURCE: MTS Allstream

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Media:

Samantha Lapedus
Corporate Communications
204-941-7823
media.relations@mtsallstream.com

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