Kids Help Phone Celebrates 20th Anniversary by Opening Trading on Toronto Stock Exchange



    TORONTO, May 21 /CNW/ - Representatives from Kids Help Phone and its four
founding sponsors were on-hand today to open trading on Toronto Stock Exchange
as part of the charity's 20th Anniversary celebrations.
    "For the past 20 years, Bell, BMO Financial Group, Nestlé Canada Inc. and
Parmalat and their employees have provided constant support to Kids Help
Phone," said Graham Lute, Interim President & CEO, Kids Help Phone. "It is
because of their commitment, and the support of all of our volunteers, donors,
staff and corporate sponsors, that we can continue being there for kids today,
tomorrow and for another 20 years."
    Opening the market at 9:30 a.m. were Jerry Patava, Chair of the Board,
Kids Help Phone; Sandra Hanington from BMO Financial Group; Kerry Arbour from
Bell; Catherine O'Brien from Nestlé Canada Inc.; and Scott Goodman from
Parmalat.
    "Kids Help Phone's phone lines went live in May 1989 and since then
professional counsellors have been providing help and hope to young people
across Canada," Said Jerry Patava, Chair of the Board, Kids Help Phone. "It's
inspiring to know that a generation of kids has grown up with this service and
that they are now able to tell youth in their lives about the resources
available to them no matter what the problem."
    Last year alone, Kids Help Phone helped kids from almost 3,000
communities across Canada more than 2.2 million times.
    For more information about Kids Help Phone's 20th Anniversary, visit
kidshelpphone.ca/20.

    About Kids Help Phone:

    This year marks Kids Help Phone's 20th Anniversary. For the past two
decades, Kids Help Phone has been at the forefront in providing help and hope
through its phone and web counselling services, earning the respect and trust
of kids across Canada. When young people feel like there's nowhere to turn,
when parents, schools and social services are unavailable, closed, backlogged
or simply not accessible for any reason, Kids Help Phone is there. Young
people know that when they reach out to Kids Help Phone, any time of the day
or night, they'll be connected with a professional counsellor who can provide
immediate, kid-friendly insight, help and direction on a wide variety of key
and emerging issues.
    Last year, Kids Help Phone counsellors connected with kids in almost
3,000 Canadian communities more than 2.2 million times. By continuing to reach
out to kids in meaningful and innovative ways, Kids Help Phone will remain a
trusted part of kids' lives for many years to come.





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Virginia Middleton, Coordinator,
Public Relations, (416) 586-5437 x8345, virginia.middleton@kidshelpphone.ca


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