CANON CANADA CELEBRATES 25 YEARS SUPPORTING EASTER SEALS

MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 6 /CNW/ - Marking 25 years of support, Canon Canada will present Easter Seals Ontario with a $65,000 donation on Sunday, April 10th during the annual Easter Seals Telethon on CBC. During their partnership, Canon has contributed almost one million dollars in products and monetary contributions to help families of children and youth with physical disabilities gain access to the equipment and support they need to lead full and independent lives.

"We are proud to celebrate 25 years of support for Easter Seals," says Colleen Ryan, Senior Director of Corporate Communications at Canon Canada. "At Canon Canada we are guided by our corporate philosophy of Kyosei, which means living and working together for the common good, and are happy to do what we can to raise funds and awareness for such a good cause - because it counts."

Canon Canada will be donating another $25,000 to fund a joint project between Easter Seals and Photosensitive, a non-profit organization of photographers who explore how photography can contribute to social justice. Using Canon equipment, photographers will capture the spirit of children at Easter Seals summer camps across the country. The images and videos will become a travelling, multimedia exhibition that will feature children with disabilities experiencing Easter Seals camps.

"Easter Seals relies on the generosity of loyal sponsors, like Canon Canada, who every year make it possible for us to provide children with the mobility and communication equipment they need," says Carol Lloyd, President and CEO, Easter Seals Ontario. "We're also really excited to partner with Canon Canada and Photosensitive on this project which will provide Canadians with a unique opportunity to see the Easter Seals story and our camps through compelling imagery."

Canon Canada is also sponsoring Action! Easter Seals Kids: Video contest in support of kids with physical disabilities. Participants are asked to submit a 90-second video describing what Easter Seals means to them for a chance to win a trip to Ottawa and one of three high-definition Canon camcorders. The Top 10 videos will be posted on the Easter Seals Ontario website and broadcast during the Easter Seals Telethon/Web-a-thon on Sunday, April 10th. In the final hour of the broadcast, the top three videos will be announced. More information on Action! Easter Seals Kids is available on the Easter Seals web site.

The 28th Annual Easter Seals Telethon, airing on Sunday, April 10th, will feature various Canadian celebrities who dedicate their time to helping raise much needed funds for the program. Canon Canada staff will be volunteering their time to answer phones during the telethon's "Canon Hour," which takes place between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. EST. Pledges and donations can be called into the show throughout the live broadcast between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. EST or can be made online at www.easterseals.org.

For more information check out the video made by Photosensitive here

About Canon Canada Inc.
Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company employs 1,200 people at its offices nation-wide, servicing the Canadian market from coast to coast. Innovation and cutting-edge technology have been essential ingredients in Canon's success. Canon's leadership in imaging, optical and document management technology and solutions is based in large part on the thousands of patents the company has secured throughout its history. Since 1994, Canon Inc. is among the top four US patent recipients.

The company's comprehensive product line includes networked multifunction devices; digital copiers (colour and black and white); printers, scanners, image filing systems and facsimile machines; calculators, digital camcorders, digital and analogue cameras and lenses; medical imaging equipment, semiconductor, broadcast and other specialized industrial products.

SOURCE Canon Canada Inc.

For further information:

Wayne Doyle
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Canon Canada Inc.
(905) 565-4598
wdoyle@canada.canon.com

April Brown
High Road Communications on behalf of Canon Canada
(416) 644-1793
april.brown@highroad.com

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