Shoppers Drug Mart Stores Across Ontario and BC Support The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation this Saturday November 7, 2015

TORONTO, Nov. 5, 2015 /CNW/ - In support of our commitment to improving women's health through Shoppers LOVE YOU, stores across the country will be holding in-store Holiday Beauty Galas on Saturday November 7, 2015 (#SDMbeautygala). All participating Shoppers Drug Mart stores in Ontario and British Columbia/Yukon will host the Beauty Galas in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF).

"Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is grateful to Shoppers Drug Mart Associate-owners, store teams, employees and customers for their passion and commitment to our vision of a future without breast cancer," said Bernice Scholten, Executive Director, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, BC Region. "Funds raised through the Holiday Beauty Galas will support the addition of two more digital mammography coaches to improve access to screening for women in British Columbia." In Ontario funds will support the development of an online decision-aid tool to support women to make an informed and empowered decision about breast screening.  "Bringing this tool to women in Canada furthers the mission of Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation," says Lynne Hudson, CEO of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, "to promote breast health in Canada."

The events will offer various activities including, but not limited to, skin analysis and makeup applications as well as special draws and raffles. This great event will allow customers to discover their own beauty while doing their part in giving back to the community to help put women's health first. Tickets are available for $10 and can be purchased at your local Shoppers Drug Mart. Half ($5) of each ticket sold will be donated to CBCF, while the remaining $5 is redeemable on any cosmetic purchase made at Shoppers Drug Mart during the event.

"The Holiday Beauty Galas allow customers and employees the opportunity to donate directly to the organizations that make a difference to women's health," said Lisa Gibbs, Director, Community Investment, Shoppers Drug Mart.  "With the support of our Associate-owners, their store teams, our employees and customers, we can make a difference and improve the health of all Canadian women in body, mind and spirit."

With the money raised at this year's Holiday Beauty Galas, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation will continue to enhance their breast health program by assisting women in making one of the most important decisions about their breast health – when to have a mammogram. A new interactive breast screening decision aid is being developed that will empower women to make an informed decision about mammography, building on existing breast health resources that encourage women to be breast aware and to take action to reduce their risk of breast cancer. At a time when many women are confused about the benefits and limitations of screening, this decision aid will offer women accurate and unbiased information about mammography and current breast screening guidelines, as well as support women in understanding their personal breast cancer risk factors, values and attitudes to make an informed decision about whether and when to screen for breast cancer. Shoppers LOVE YOU and its Beauty Galas are proud supporters of this project and an important partner in women's health.

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is a community-driven breast cancer charity and the largest funder of breast cancer research in Canada. All investments into innovative and relevant research and education have led to progress in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care. Beyond providing funding to the most promising breast cancer research, they support and advocate for all those affected by breast cancer. By working together, we can make a difference and help create a future without breast cancer.

About the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is the leading community-driven organization in Canada dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer.  Our investments in innovative and relevant research and education have led to progress in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care. Since 1986, we have been at the forefront of a nationwide movement supporting and advocating for the breast cancer community. Join us at www.cbcf.org.

About Shoppers LOVE. YOU.
Shoppers LOVE YOU is the new identity for our long-standing commitment for women's health. To help women live their best life, the Shoppers LOVE YOU program is designed to help women stay focused on making their own health a priority by connecting them to the expertise of our partners at leading women's health organizations and to others in support of women's health initiatives across Canada. More information can be found at www.shoppersloveyou.ca

About Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation
Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation is one of the most recognized and trusted names in Canadian retailing.  The Company is the licensor of full-service retail drug stores operating under the name Shoppers Drug Mart (Pharmaprix in Québec).  With more than 1,258 Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores operating in prime locations in each province and two territories, the Company is one of the most convenient retailers in Canada.  The Company also licenses or owns 51 medical clinic pharmacies operating under the name Shoppers Simply Pharmacy (Pharmaprix Simplement Santé in Québec) and six luxury beauty destinations operating as Murale.  As well, the Company owns and operates over 50 Shoppers Home Health Care stores, making it the largest Canadian retailer of home healthcare products and services.  In addition to its retail store network, the Company owns Shoppers Drug Mart Specialty Health Network Inc., a provider of specialty drug distribution, pharmacy and comprehensive patient support services, and MediSystem Technologies Inc., a provider of pharmaceutical products and services to long-term care facilities. Shoppers Drug Mart is a unique and independent operating division of Loblaw Companies Limited.

For more information, visit www.shoppersdrugmart.ca

About Loblaw Companies Limited
Loblaw Companies Limited is Canada's food and pharmacy leader, the nation's largest retailer, and the majority unit holder of Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. Loblaw provides Canadians with grocery, pharmacy, health and beauty, apparel, general merchandise, banking, and wireless mobile products and services. With more than 2,300 corporate, franchised and Associate-owned locations, Loblaw, its franchisees, and Associate-owners employ approximately 192,000 full- and part-time employees, making it one of Canada's largest private sector employers.

Loblaw's purpose - Live Life Well - puts first the needs and well-being of Canadians who make one billion transactions annually in the Company's stores.  Loblaw is positioned to meet and exceed those needs in many ways: convenient locations; more than 1,050 grocery stores that span the value spectrum from discount to specialty; full-service pharmacies at more than 1,250 Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix locations and more than 500 Loblaw locations; no-fee banking with PC Financial; affordable Joe Fresh fashion and family apparel; and three of Canada's top consumer brands in Life Brand®, no name® and President's Choice®. Through the PC Plus™ and Shoppers Optimum® loyalty programs, more than one in every three Canadians are rewarded for shopping with the companies.

For more information, visit Loblaw's website at www.loblaw.ca and Loblaw's issuer profile at www.sedar.com.

SOURCE Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation

For further information: Media Contact: Lana Gogas, Manager, Communications & Corporate Affairs, Tel: 416-493-1220 ext. 5141, Email: lgogas@shoppersdrugmart.ca

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