More than $1.4 million to be donated to Quebec-based charities in 2007;
Larry Smith joins TELUS Montreal Community Board
MONTREAL, April 30 /CNW/ - TELUS today announced that more than $1.4
million will be donated to Quebec-based charities in 2007 as a result of two
of the company's philanthropic programs.
TELUS' Montreal and Rimouski Community Boards will donate $1.1 million to
local grass roots charities this year. In addition, TELUS, its team members
and alumni have pledged an additional $325,899 to 305 local charitable
organizations through the company's 'Dollars for Dollars' employee charitable
"At TELUS, our team members share a deep commitment to give where we live
and to build stronger communities for today and tomorrow," said Karen Radford,
president of TELUS Québec. "Since 2000, TELUS and our team members have
demonstrated this community spirit through contributions of more than
$15 million to Quebec charities."
TELUS Montreal Community Board welcomes Larry Smith
Chaired by Bernard Lamarre, the TELUS Montreal Community Board brings
together community leaders and TELUS team members to make decisions about
local philanthropic initiatives and funding. Some of the programs supported
include The Greater Montreal Ecological Foundation and Dr. Clown.
Larry Smith, president and CEO of the Montreal Alouettes Football Club,
has joined the TELUS Montreal Community Board.
"Larry is a pillar of the Montreal sport community and has worked
tirelessly to promote education in youth for many years," said Ms. Radford.
"Larry exemplifies the TELUS 'give where we live' spirit and we are deeply
grateful for his commitment to the community."
"Through the Montreal Alouettes' long-standing partnership with TELUS, I
have witnessed much of the community work initiated by the company, but the
TELUS Community Board program is the most unique I have seen," said Larry
Smith. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to meet with other Montreal
community leaders to allocate resources where they are most needed and where
they will benefit the greatest number of people. Each project we endorse truly
makes a difference to the local charities and the young people participating
in their programs."
Other community leaders serving on the Board include Bernard Lamarre,
Montreal philanthropist and chair of the Board; Jean-René Gagnon, executive
vice-president and associate at GGA communications; Isabelle Hudon, president
and chief executive of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal;
A.K. Velan, founder and CEO of Velan Valves; and Jean Turmel, president of
Perseus Capital. Board members from the TELUS team include Ms. Radford,
Anne-Marie LaBerge, Luc Vilandré and Marc Giroux.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $8.7 billion of annual revenue and 10.7 million
customer connections including 5.1 million wireless subscribers, 4.5 million
wireline network access lines and 1.1 million Internet subscribers. TELUS
provides a wide range of communications products and services including data,
Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. Committed to being
Canada's premier corporate citizen, we give where we live. Since 2000, TELUS
and our team members have contributed more than $91 million to charitable and
non-profit organizations and volunteered more than 1.7 million hours of
service to local communities. Eight TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead
our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please
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