TELUS gives $3 million to hundreds of deserving charities in the greater
MONTREAL, Oct. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - TELUS and the Association of Fundraising
Professionals-Quebec Chapter (AFP) are pleased to honour three
outstanding and committed community leaders in the greater Montreal
region, the top three winners of the TELUS Community Excellence Awards:
Manon Barbeau, Co-founder, Executive Director and Artistic Director,
Wapikoni mobile; Ugo Dionne, Co-Founder, Bénévoles d'affaires; and
Bernard Lamarre, Chairman of the board, École Polytechnique.
This important honour was part of the TELUS Celebration of Giving in
Montreal, an annual event that brings together 150 professionals and
volunteers from the community sector. During this special day, TELUS
recognizes the generosity and dedicated work of all those who make a
real difference in their community. TELUS also announced a $3 million
donation to support hundreds of charities in the greater Montreal
region in 2012.
"The TELUS Celebration of Giving is an important day for us because it
allows TELUS to recognize the contribution of all those committed to
the well-being of our community. This year, we're taking that
recognition even further by celebrating three outstanding community
leaders chosen from among 200 nominations across the province," said
François Gratton, Senior Vice-President, Business Markets, Eastern
Canada, and Vice-Chair of the TELUS Montreal Community Board. "Our
community investment philosophy, We give where we live, draws inspiration from people like our 2012 Community Excellence award
winners who inspire and contribute to building a better future for our
communities. These distinguished community leaders embody generosity
and innovation in philanthropy."
TELUS and AFP-Quebec Chapter chose the three TELUS Community Excellence
Awards winners from a pool of 200 leaders across Quebec because their
commitment to philanthropy and passion for innovation sets them apart.
This contest was launched as part of the celebrations surrounding
TELUS' 85th anniversary in Quebec in collaboration with La Presse and
Manon Barbeau, Co-founder, Executive Director and Artistic Director of Wapikoni
Manon Barbeau strives to give a voice to those on society's fringe:
people struggling with intellectual disabilities or mental illness,
young people living in the street, prisoners or young people living in
isolated aboriginal communities. With Wapikoni mobile, a studio devoted
to intervention as well as to audio-visual and musical creation, Ms.
Barbeau contributes to prevention and reducing suicide, drug addiction,
crime and youth drop-out rates. To date, her project has made it
possible for several thousand young people from 21 aboriginal
communities and eight nations to try their hand at video and music, and
to express themselves through art. In 2009, Manon Barbeau received a
Gémeaux award and was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship. In 2010, she
received the Prix Reconnaissance from UQÀM and, in 2011, the Rights and
Freedoms prize awarded by the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse. In May 2012, she was named "Personality of the Week" by La Presse and Radio-Canada. She is currently in the running for the 2012 Prix
femmes d'affaires du Québec.
Ugo Dionne, Co-Founder of Bénévoles d'affaires
Ugo Dionne, president of Synesis-Versalys, is co-founder of Bénévoles
d'affaires (BA), an organization active since 2006 whose mission is to
build bridges between the business community and organizations in the
greater Montreal region so that participating organizations might take
advantage of the best expertise. Thanks to the involvement of Mr.
Dionne and his team, and despite limited means, BA has 3,000 volunteers
and 800 organizations, and has done more than 1,300
business-organization matches. Since the beginning of the year, every
week, 15 new volunteers join BA and eight matches are created on
average. In 2007, Ugo Dionne was named one of Canada's "Top 40 Under
40" by Caldwell Partners, received the Hommage Bénévolat-Québec Award
from the government of Quebec, as well as the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf's
Prix de la relève. In 2006, he was named "Personality of the Week" by La Presse and Radio-Canada.
Bernard Lamarre, Chairman of the board, École Polytechnique
Bernard Lamarre is an exceptional scientific engineer who most notably
worked for Lavalin Inc., first as President and Chief Executive
Officer, then as a consultant. Throughout his career, Mr. Lamarre has
found the time to invest in the community, as a volunteer and as a
major contributor. The Lassonde Pavillions and the Trottier Atrium at
the Polytechnique are prime examples of Mr. Lamarre's work and
generosity. True to his renewed involvement in the community, he
devotes his time by serving as chairman on numerous boards of directors
including the boards of Groupe Bellechasse Santé and Montreal's École
Polytechnique. He was Chairman of the TELUS Montreal Community Board
from 2006 to 2011, and Chairman of the board of the Montreal Museum of
Fine Arts. Mr. Lamarre holds no fewer than 11 titles and honorary
diplomas in the engineering field, the sciences and business, including
being a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, an Officer of
the Ordre national du Québec and Officer of the Order of Canada.
We give where we live
TELUS focuses its giving on educating and empowering youth to improve
their quality of life and to enable them to reach their full potential.
Since 2005, TELUS has given more than $30 million to Quebec charities
through its community boards, the Team TELUS Charitable Giving program,
local contributions and community partnerships. Even more importantly,
the 5,500 members of the TELUS team in Quebec volunteered 57,000 hours
last year. Opération Enfant Soleil, the The Dr Julien Foundation, FitSpirit and the Lighthouse, Children
and Families are among the charities supported by TELUS. Charitable organizations who
would like to request funding for one of their projects from a TELUS
Community Board are invited to visit telus.com/community.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $10.6 billion of annual revenue and 12.8
million customer connections including 7.4 million wireless
subscribers, 3.5 million wireline network access lines, 1.3 million
Internet subscribers and 595,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by
President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of
communications products and services including wireless, data, Internet
protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team
members and retirees have contributed more than $260 million to
charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 million
hours of service to local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS
Community Boards 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.
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