Nycomed Canada Inc. Partners with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada to Support
Critical Programs Benefiting Children and Youth

MARKHAM, ON, Aug. 5 /CNW/ - Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is pleased to welcome Nycomed Canada, a leading health care and research company, as a partner in supporting Canada's young people through the newly created Inspire - Breathe Play Learn program.

Inspire - Breathe Play Learn will provide resources for local Clubs to deliver innovative programs that meet the health, education and emotional needs of children and youth in their communities.

"We are extremely pleased to be partnering with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada to support innovative, community focused programs that improve children's lives across Canada," said John Suk, President and CEO, Nycomed. "Nycomed is committed to supporting the well-being of all Canadians and through the Inspire - Breathe Play Learn initiative we are helping ensure that young people have access to vital Boys and Girls Club programs, which play a critical role in healthy child and youth development."

Covering a diverse range of program categories including education, technology, environment, leadership and creative arts, Inspire - Breathe Play Learn will provide awards to Clubs for offering innovative programs in response to the needs of children and youth in their community. Clubs will be able to use the funds to expand and develop a program, as well as share it with Clubs in other communities across the country. In the first year six Clubs will receive awards, with recipients announced later in 2010.

"Nycomed Canada's support for the important work being done by Clubs in communities from coast to coast is at the core of this exciting new partnership," said Pam Jolliffe, President and CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. "The Inspire - Breathe Play Learn program recognizes the creativity and resourcefulness of Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada in developing enriching and exciting opportunities to help young people realize their best potential in life."

Nycomed Canada is also a proud sponsor of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Toronto Unity Day, which took place at the West Scarborough club location on August 4th, 2010.

About Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is a leading charitable organization providing after school programs that support the healthy physical, educational and social development of 200,000 children, youth and their families each year. In 700 community locations across Canada, Clubs offer access to opportunities, after school and at other times when children are not in school, to develop healthy behaviours, academic success and technology learning, positive relationships and life and leadership skills. Many Clubs also provide nutritious snacks and meals, emergency shelter, family support programs and other support to children, youth and families at risk. Boys and Girls Clubs have been helping young Canadians to discover, develop and achieve their potential, for over 100 years. To learn more, visit www.bgccan.com.

About Nycomed Canada

Nycomed Canada Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of Nycomed GmbH; a European based, privately owned research-based company. Through its innovative products and dedicated people, Nycomed is committed to improving the health of Canadians. In Canada, Nycomed is active in the therapeutic areas of gastroenterology, respirology, allergy and palliative care. Headquartered in Oakville, Ontario, the company employs more than 130 people across the country. For more information, visit www.nycomed.ca

SOURCE Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

For further information: For further information: and interview requests, please contact: Matthew Ross, Media Relations Specialist, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, 905-477-7272, ext 270, mross@bgccan.com


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