PricewaterhouseCoopers Honours Edmonton Staff Member as 2007 National Volunteer of the Year



    TORONTO, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) named its 2007
National Volunteer of the Year today and presented a $10,000 award to his
charity, Association for Supported Community Connections (ASCC). Morgan Elliot
is a Senior Associate with PwC's Edmonton office and a founding member of
ASCC. Over the past year alone, Morgan has volunteered over 250 hours to the
organization.
    "When people take on leadership roles like Morgan Elliot has done with
ASCC, they set a real, positive example for the people they work with and for
the communities in which they live," says Chris Clark, PwC's Canadian CEO.
"His pioneering work with ASCC, as well as the time, skills and passion Morgan
continues to share makes him a true role model."
    ASCC was founded three years ago by Morgan, his mother, brother and
sister. They were looking for a way to honour the memory of his older brother
who passed away from Spinabifida. The family realized this young man's passion
for physical activity and also discovered there were many other children in
the community with this passion who also faced similar challenges. ASCC began
with a teen group for the youth to have a place to go and meet with friends.
ASCC now provides support for kids between the ages of two and 17 with mental
or physical disabilities. ASCC volunteers help children become more active and
teach them community and life skills. Two years ago ASCC opened a respite
home, "Maitland House", named after Morgan's older brother. This house
includes an after-school/weekend program and provides 24hr support on a
temporary basis in a group home environment.
    Morgan Elliot's work with ASCC includes building its mission and vision
and developing its strategic plan. As a Board member and Treasurer, he
provides financial advice by way of designing and maintaining the accounting
ledgers, preparing financial statements and government required fillings,
compiling and monitoring budgets and forecasts, and maintaining the management
of the treasury. Morgan is also active in organizing and managing fundraising
activities.
    "Morgan's personal drive and dedication has enabled ASCC to achieve
excellence in all that we do," says Mary Feather, Executive Director of ASCC
and Maitland House. "Morgan's commitment to the transparency and leadership of
ASCC in the community has been a leading factor to the success of our
organization."
    The National Volunteer of the Year Award is one of several initiatives of
the PwC Canada Foundation. It represents the culmination of PwC's Volunteer
Recognition Program which celebrates the volunteer efforts of hundreds of PwC
staff across the country.
    Nationally, PwC's staff and partners nominated over 130 of their
colleagues for a Volunteer Recognition Award. The nominees contributed more
than 16,000 hours to their organizations in the past year. Each office then
selected a Volunteer of the Year and these 20 people formed the candidate
group from which yesterday's National Volunteer of the Year was chosen.
    Morgan was named National Volunteer of the Year by a selection committee
comprised of PwC staff and respected representatives of the charitable sector
in Canada. The selection committee considered the following criteria when
determining the recipient: quality of contribution; demonstration of PwC
values of teamwork, leadership and excellence; and benefits to the
organization and community.

    
    Our PwC Volunteers of the Year contribute to their communities in a range
of meaningful ways. The 2007 Award recipients and the non-profit organizations
they work with are:

    -   Adam Hanson, The Movement Centre of Manitoba Inc, (PwC Winnipeg
        office)
    -   Aldis Makovskis, Rotary Club of Kitchener, (PwC Toronto office)
    -   Angela McMurren, Habitat For Humanity Windsor/Essex, (PwC Windsor,
        office)
    -   Ben Hurd, Vancouver Hospice Society, (PwC Vancouver office)
    -   Brandon Hui, Junior Achievement of Central Ontario, (PwC Toronto
        office)
    -   Diane Ishiguro, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, (PwC Toronto
        office)
    -   Doug Boyce, Ecumenical Support Committee for Refugees (PwC Hamilton
        office)
    -   Gary Phelps, Brain Injury Association of London and Region, (PwC
        London office)
    -   Gloria Kim, The Toronto Humane Society, (PwC Toronto office)
    -   Heather Black, Girl Guides of Canada, (PwC Truro office)
    -   Hugues Jacques, KABIR-KOUBA, (PwC Quebec City office)
    -   Joanne Heffernan, Ottawa Carleton Catholic School Board, Immaculata
        High School, (PwC Ottawa office)
    -   Kerrie Hryniuk, Rushnychok Ukrainian Folk Dance Association Inc.,
        (PwC Saskatoon office)
    -   Lorraine Jobin, Association des bénévoles du CSSS de Laval (Hôpital
        Cité de la Santé), (PwC Montreal office)
    -   Seena Koshy, St. Matthew's Mar Thoma Church, (PwC Mississauga office)
    -   Susan Simpson, Calgary Humane Society, (PwC Calgary office)
    -   Susanne Snow, St. John's Minor Hockey Association, (PwC St. John's
        office)
    -   Valerie Kropf, Tavistock Missionary Church, (PwC Kitchener-Waterloo
        office)
    

    About the PwC Canada Foundation

    The Foundation was established in 2004 and its mission is to make a
positive, lasting change in our communities through the sharing of our time,
expertise and resources. Through the Foundation, the firm encourages,
supports, and recognizes the sustained volunteer involvement of our staff and
partners in the community. For more on the PwC Canada Foundation, visit
www.pwc.com/ca/community.
    PricewaterhouseCoopers (www.pwc.com) provides industry-focused assurance,
tax and advisory services to build public trust and enhance value for its
clients and their stakeholders. More than 140,000 people in 149 countries
across our network share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop
fresh perspectives and practical advice. Now celebrating 100 years of
excellence in Canada, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (www.pwc.com/ca) and its
related entities have more than 5,200 partners and staff in offices across the
country.
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limited liability partnership, or, as the context requires, the
PricewaterhouseCoopers global network or other member firms of the network,
each of which is a separate and independent legal entity.





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For further information: Carolyn Forest, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP,
(416) 814-5730, carolyn.forest@ca.pwc.com

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