MTS Announces 20 Finalists for Future First community grants

WINNIPEG, April 21, 2015 /CNW/ - For the second year in a row, Manitobans are being asked to help select 10 youth-serving organizations that will share $100,000 in MTS Future First community grants. Twenty finalists have been chosen and online voting is now open.

"Once again, the MTS Future First community grant program has been met with a flood of applications from outstanding organizations," said Chief Executive Officer Jay Forbes.  "This process showcases the incredible dedication and compassion of people and organizations across Manitoba who are committed to building a stronger Manitoba, one kid at a time."

Manitobans are invited to vote now by visiting mts.ca/futurefirst to select the organization they believe should receive one of the $10,000 grants.  MTS Future First will announce the 10 recipients of the $10,000 grants on Manitoba Day, Tuesday, May 12.

"I'm excited that the next stage of the process is in the hands of Manitobans," added Mr. Forbes.  "As a relative newcomer to this province, I am constantly impressed and humbled by the generosity, compassion, and willingness to get involved demonstrated by the people of Manitoba."

A list of the top 20 finalists can be found here.

About MTS Future First
MTS Future First: Connecting Today's Youth to Tomorrow is a multi-faceted community investment program that includes sponsorships, grants, donations, scholarships, employee volunteerism and fundraising programs to help in the advancement of Manitoba youth and reflects MTS's philosophy of investing and giving back to our community. The program articulates a clear vision for MTS's ongoing contribution to a thriving economy fueled by a vibrant, diverse workforce - one nurtured in healthy communities that provide opportunity and optimism for our young people. In 2013, MTS donated more than 1% of its pre-tax profits to charitable purposes in Manitoba.  For more information about Future First, please visit www.mts.ca/futurefirst, and follow us @MTSTalks.

About MTS
MTS is the leading full-service communications provider for residential and business customers in Manitoba. The company's suite of products and services include the latest in wireless technology, high-speed Internet, an award-winning IPTV service, voice services, home security, and an extensive range of business solutions. A technology leader, MTS operates advanced wireless networks using the latest 4G and Wi-Fi technologies, delivering the best coverage for Manitobans. MTS also continues to expand its world-class fibre-to-the-home network, making MTS's fastest Internet plans and Ultimate TV service available to more communities across Manitoba. MTS's momentum is fuelled by the knowledge, skills and spirit of its 3,000 Manitoba-based employees. With over 100 years of operations, MTS is rooted firmly in the community and is a proud sponsor of the MTS Centre, home to the NHL's Winnipeg Jets. MTS is wholly owned by Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. which is listed on the TSX (trading symbol: MBT). For information on MTS's products and services, please visit www.mts.ca.

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SOURCE MTS Allstream

For further information:

Craig Lawrence, MTS Community Investment
204 958-3230
futurefirst@mts.ca

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