British Columbian Recognized for Outstanding Achievements; Receives National Award from Wal-Mart Canada



    
                   Kamloops local Judy Cruickshank honoured
                   at Wal-Mart's annual meeting in Toronto
    

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 6 /CNW/ - For the second time in as many years, a
British Columbian has received the most coveted award among Wal-Mart's
70,000 associates nationwide. Judy Cruickshank, a people greeter at the
Kamloops Wal-Mart store, was recognized in a ceremony February 12 as Wal-Mart
Canada's 2006 Shining Star of the Year. Through peer nominations, the Shining
Star award appreciates and acknowledges associates who go above and beyond to
demonstrate Wal-Mart's basic values. Last month, Judy learned that she, along
with 11 other associates from across the county, had been selected as a
finalist for the award. All 12 finalists travelled to Toronto last month to be
honoured during the ceremony at the company's annual meeting.
    In honour of Judy's recognition, the Kamloops store will donate $5,000 to
one of Judy's favourite charities, Children's Miracle Network. The donation
will be made in Judy's name and the funds will directly support B.C.
Children's Hospital.
    Wal-Mart Canada received over 40,000 nominations throughout the year for
its Shining Star awards. Some 70,000 Canadian associates from Wal-Mart stores,
Wal-Mart Supercentres, SAM'S CLUBs and the company's Mississauga, Ontario home
office were asked to nominate fellow associates who best demonstrate the
company's three basic beliefs: Respect for individuals, Service to customers
and Striving for excellence. From the nominations received throughout the year
last year, each of the company's 289 stores and clubs submitted one name to be
further narrowed to the 12 finalists.
    Peers who nominated Judy for the Shining Star award say she truly cares
about her customers and fellow associates. "Judy is an inspiration to us all
because of her passion for helping others. She has personally raised over
$40,000 for Children's Miracle Network and has volunteered countless hours for
other charities," said Tim Labermeyer, Kamloops Wal-Mart store manager, who
also attended the Toronto meeting. "Customers love her warm smile, and ask for
her by name when they come to the store. She's a great ambassador for Wal-Mart
because she lives the Wal-Mart culture everyday. We're proud that she's the
smiling face that greets our Kamloops customers."
    "Judy is so dedicated and passionate about taking care of her fellow
associates and customers. She truly lives and breathes the Wal-Mart culture,"
said Mario Pilozzi, President and CEO of Wal-Mart Canada, who presented the
award to Judy. "And she inspires us all to live the Wal-Mart culture everyday
in our own communities across Canada."
    Judy has worked with Wal-Mart for 12 years. "Whether its raising money
for children's charities, or bringing a smile to our customer's familiar
faces, I think I have the best job in the store," she said. "It's hard to
believe that I was selected from over 70,000 Wal-Mart associates across Canada
to be recognized for doing the job I love."

    About Wal-Mart Canada Corp.

    Established in 1994 and headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Wal-Mart
Canada operates a growing network of 276 Wal-Mart discounts stores, seven
supercentres and six SAM'S CLUB locations. Since 2000, more than 100 Canadian
communities have lobbied or petitioned to have a Wal-Mart store built in their
towns. Every week in Canada, Wal-Mart contributes nearly $290,000 to Canadian
charities. Last year alone, the company raised and donated more than
$15 million to charities across the country. Throughout Canada, Wal-Mart
employs over 70,000 Canadians and has been consistently ranked one of the best
companies to work for in Canada by international human-resources firm Hewitt
Associates and Report on Business Magazine. A 2006 Synovate survey showed that
80 per cent of Canadians with a Wal-Mart store in their community are glad
we're there.

    
    EDITOR'S NOTES
    -   Wal-Mart store employees are called associates.
    -   Contact: Store Manager Tim Labermeyer at 250-374-1591.
    





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For further information: Store Manager Tim Labermeyer at (250) 374-1591


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