Hudson's Bay Company Donates $50,000 to the Canadian Sport Centre of Saskatchewan



    SASKATOON, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - Hudson's Bay Company (Hbc) President, Robert
Johnston, was in Saskatoon today to visit local Bay, Zellers, Home Outfitters
and Fields stores, and also to present a $50,000 cheque to the Canadian Sport
Centre of Saskatchewan. The donation is part of Hbc's commitment to support
local amateur athletes in their pursuit of medals at the Commonwealth, Olympic
and Paralympic Games.
    "The Canadian Sport Centre of Saskatchewan assists in creating a premiere
training environment for amateur athletes," said Johnston, who is conducting
store tours and meeting associates in communities across Saskatchewan. "Our
commitment to supporting athletes in their quest to reach the podium really
starts at centres like this, and we're proud to be involved with its ongoing
success."
    The Canadian Sport Centre of Saskatchewan provides a comprehensive range
of services for athletes and coaches, covering all aspects of life - both
inside and out of the sport world. The Centre's programs and services are
divided into three streams: Performance Enhancement, Support Services and Life
Services to enhance overall development.
    "On behalf of the athletes and coaches of the Canadian Sport Centre of
Saskatchewan, we are extremely grateful to Hbc for their outstanding support.
Through this funding, we have been able to create and enhance programs to
better prepare our high performance athletes and coaches as they strive for
podium success," said Shirley Kowalski, Chair of the Canadian Sport Centre of
Saskatchewan.
    Hbc intends to raise $20 million to amateur athletes and elite training
facilities, including the Canadian Sport Centre of Saskatchewan, over a period
of seven years. To date, the Company has raised $5.8 million through in store
events, as well as the annual Hbc Run for Canada, which takes place in 15
cities across Canada, including Saskatoon. Funds raised through the Hbc Run
for Canada are donated to athletes in the form of bursaries.

    Hbc is Canada's largest diversified general merchandise retailer,
operating in department store (the Bay), mass merchandise (Zellers), specialty
(Home Outfitters and Designer Depot) and discount (Fields) formats. With more
than 580 retail outlets and nearly 70,000 associates located in every province
in Canada, Hbc provides Canadians with stylish, quality merchandise at great
value, through retail banners focused on exceptional customer service. Hbc is
a Canadian retail leader in corporate social responsibility, and the fifth
annual Hbc CSR report can be found at www.hbc.com.




For further information:

For further information: Katherine Raso, Hbc, (416) 861-6691,
Katherine.raso@hbc.com


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