Top 5 award winners will receive $1,000 grants from TELUS to support
future community projects
TORONTO, Jan. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - TELUS is proud to announce a new series
of awards to recognize everyday citizens who have stepped up to drive
exemplary social change and innovation. Inspired by the philosophy of
author Dr. John Izzo, these awards will celebrate those who look to
themselves to be the agent of positive change, rather than waiting for
action from others. Award recipients from Toronto will be selected from
nominations submitted through the website www.steppingupforchange.ca, a site dedicated to telling and celebrating the stories of individuals
who have 'stepped up' to make things better.
"'Stepping Up' is seeing a need and deciding you are the person who can,
should, and will do something about it," said Dr. John Izzo, author of
the new book Stepping Up - How Taking Responsibility Changes Everything. "What we wanted to do was create a virtual community that inspires and
challenges each of us to step up within our own spheres of influence to
make our communities, schools, organizations and the world a better
Through a combination of inspiring story-telling and practical advice,
the videos hosted at www.steppingupforchange.ca, show that one person really can make a big difference, whether it is
standing up to bullies, improving the environment, fighting poverty,
increasing tolerance, enhancing compassion, or simply making the world
a better place. For every person who retweets the TELUS Stepping Up
message or likes the TELUS Stepping Up for Change Facebook posts, TELUS
will donate $3 to the YMCA*.
"At TELUS, we have a passion for challenging the status quo and believe
that any one person who chooses to take responsibility and 'step up'
can initiate meaningful change for many," said Josh Blair, executive
vice-president of TELUS Human Resources. "Since 2000, our TELUS team
members and retirees have volunteered 4.1 million hours to causes that
are important to their local communities. Through the inaugural TELUS
Stepping Up Awards, we are thrilled to recognize and support the
remarkable contributions of fellow Canadians who share our passion to
give where they live."
"Every day at YMCAs across the country, people are changing their lives
for the better," said Judy McLeod, YMCA Chief Development Officer.
"We're really excited to see the new innovative and inspiring projects
that will be supported by these awards and will help us build healthier
To recognize someone who has "stepped up" in your community, visit www.steppingupforchange.ca and submit a nomination between January 24 and February 8, 2012. The
top 5 award winners selected by the TELUS Toronto Community Board will
receive a $1,000 grant from TELUS to support their next community
project. Award recipients will be announced in early March 2012.
* Donation will be capped at $5,000.
About Dr. John Izzo
Dr. John Izzo is the author of six books including two international
best sellers The Five Secrets You Must Discover before You Die and Awakening Corporate Soul. He is one of Canada's most sought after keynote speakers and host of
the five hour Biography Canada TV series, The Five Things You Must Discover before You Die. He has taught at two major universities and spoken to over one million
people. His new book Stepping Up features inspiring stories of ordinary
citizens who stepped up to create positive change.
About the YMCA
The Y is a charity dedicated to building healthy communities. We are
committed to nurturing the potential of children, youth and families,
promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility within the
community. There are 44 YMCA Associations and 8 YMCA-YWCA Associations
across Canada. Together, we serve more than two million people, in
1,000 Canadian communities. Our focus on inclusiveness and
accessibility means we serve people of all ages, backgrounds and
abilities through all stages of life. Through YMCA financial assistance
programs, the YMCA is accessible to all.
For more information about the YMCA of Greater Toronto, please visit ymcagta.org
For more information about YMCA Canada, please visit ymca.ca
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $10.3 billion of annual revenue and 12.6
million customer connections including 7.2 million wireless
subscribers, 3.6 million wireline network access lines, 1.3 million
Internet subscribers and more than 450,000 TELUS TV customers. 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 $245 million to charitable and
not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.1 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
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
SOURCE TELUS Corporation
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