Outstanding Ernst & Young Volunteers Rewarded with $20,000 in Donations to Charities Across Canada



    TORONTO, April 20 /CNW/ - As a wrap-up to National Volunteer Week, Ernst
& Young announced that 10 employees across Canada who have shown an exemplary
commitment to their communities will receive a $2000 donation made on their
behalf to a charity of their choice. Those recognized will also be honoured
through an exclusive lunch hosted by Lou Pagnutti, Canadian Chairman and CEO.
The Ernst & Young Community Excellence Awards were developed this year to
recognize the contributions of Ernst & Young employees to their communities.
    "Across Canada, our people generously contribute their time, knowledge
and expertise to make a real and tangible difference in their communities,"
said Dan Cornacchia, Ernst & Young partner and Canadian Community Engagement
champion. "Our firm is very proud of the exceptional contributions our people
have made through volunteering."

    
    This year's winners are:

    -   Atlantic Canada - Denise Coombs is extremely active as a volunteer
        with the Arthritis Society.
    -   Calgary - Kortney Reed is an active volunteer with the Calgary Drop-
        In Centre, which aims to improve the lives of the homeless in
        Calgary.
    -   Edmonton - Yvonne Derksema works with numerous organizations,
        including Habitat for Humanity, Samaritan's Purse, the Centre for
        Family Literacy, Junior Achievement and the Canadian Cancer Society.
    -   Greater Toronto Area - Carmen Wong helped with a playground build in
        Toronto and volunteers with Youth Without Shelter; she also leads the
        Toronto Ernst & Young University-Tax Charity Challenge Team in
        Toronto and is an Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario
        volunteer tax clinic coordinator.
    -   Ottawa - David Roe and Erik Kulakowsky founded the "Volunteer Action
        Team" in Ottawa two years ago and work to find volunteers for
        activities in the community; they have organized food drives and
        served meals to the homeless.
    -   Quebec - Todd Caluori plays an integral part in the annual Hockey for
        the Homeless tournament and is a key fundraiser.
    -   Southwestern Ontario - Patricia Widmeyer volunteers extensively with
        Camp Quality, a camp for children with cancer.
    -   Vancouver - Rahim Meghji is involved with the Youth Parliament of
        British Columbia Alumni Society as treasurer and actively fundraises
        for the group.
    -   Winnipeg - Tanya Highfield is a board member with Cancer Care
        Manitoba and is active in the planning of Relay for Life.
    

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levels of integrity, quality and professionalism in providing a range of
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