McKesson Canada donates $25,000 to support Fort McMurray fire relief

Member pharmacies mobilize to provide supplies to communities in need

MONTREAL, May 10, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - McKesson Canada will make a $25,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross through the McKesson Foundation to aid victims of the wildfires in Northern Alberta. In addition, the McKesson Foundation announced it will match employee donations to wildfire relief efforts, up to a maximum of $2,500 per employee.

"Our thoughts are with the people of Fort McMurray and Northern Alberta," said Alain Champagne, President of McKesson Canada. "Alberta is an important hub in our network and is home to three of our distribution centres. Close to 300 of our employees live and work in the Greater Edmonton Area. We hope our support will assist individuals and families impacted by this situation." 

McKesson Canada's independently owned retail banner pharmacies have also stepped up to coordinate the delivery of relief supplies to impacted communities. Local area owners of The Medicine Shoppe, Guardian, I.D.A. and Remedy'sRx pharmacies will distribute donated supplies including water, toiletries, sunscreen and dry food to relief centres across the region. Regular status updates are available via each banner's consumer websites and Facebook pages. 

"In neighbourhoods across Alberta, pharmacists provide care to those in need every day. I am proud of our local pharmacist owners who continue to demonstrate their commitment to caring during this time; they are pillars of our community," said Richard Brennan, Senior Vice President, Retail Banner Services, McKesson Canada.

Canadians can make a donation to the Alberta Fire Appeal to support the Canadian Red Cross response efforts.

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About McKesson Canada
Founded more than 100 years ago, McKesson Canada is dedicated to delivering vital medicines, supplies and information technologies that enable the health care industry to provide patients better, safer care. Our solutions empower pharmacies, manufacturers, hospitals and other health care institutions by enabling them to get closer to the millions of patients they serve every single day, while contributing to the quality and safety of care in Canada.

About the McKesson Foundation
Founded in 1943, the McKesson Foundation is an initiative of McKesson Corporation, based in San Francisco. It envisions a world where affordable, quality health care is available to all.

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For further information: Mélanie Lussier, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, melanie.lussier@mckesson.ca, 514 789-7083

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