TELUS announces TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board, welcomes General Rick Hillier as Chair



    TELUS and community leaders to donate $250,000 annually to Atlantic
    Canada charities

    OTTAWA, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - TELUS team members and Atlantic Canada community
leaders will collaborate to donate $250,000 to local charities each year on
TELUS' behalf through the TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board. General Rick
Hillier will be the Chairman of the Board, working with TELUS and the Board
members to develop a charitable giving and community program in Atlantic
Canada. His external strategic advisory position is effective September 1.
    "We are looking to the TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board for local
insight, knowledge and inspiration," said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President
and CEO. "It is an honour to welcome General Hillier to chair the Community
Board. His distinguished contributions to Canada are recognized here and
around the world. His insight into and passion for Atlantic Canada communities
will help us determine how our community investment initiatives can have the
most meaningful impact in the region."
    General Hillier said, "TELUS is a company that gets stuff done both in
business and in the community - I like that. They are entrusting their
philanthropic efforts in Atlantic Canada to people who live and work here. I'm
excited about the opportunity to help TELUS engage with the Atlantic Canada
communities that are so very important to me."
    Local charitable organizations will be invited to apply for up to $20,000
in one-time funding for projects in the areas of health and well-being in our
environment, education and sport, and arts and culture, with a focus on young
Canadians and the innovative use of technology.
    The TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Board is part of a national
philanthropic program that includes eight other TELUS community boards across
Canada. Since their inception in 2005, the TELUS Community Boards have
allocated $11.55 million to local charities, supporting 839 community
projects.
    General Rick Hillier was Canada's Chief of Defence Staff - the highest
ranking position in the Canadian Forces - from February 4, 2005 to July 1,
2008. On July 3, 2008, General Hillier began a term as Chancellor of the
Memorial University of Newfoundland, his alma mater.
    General Hillier has served throughout Canada, twice in both Europe and
the United States, and with the United Nations and NATO forces in the former
Yugoslavia and in Afghanistan.
    In Afghanistan he commanded some 6,000 troops from 35 nations as the
commander of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from
February to August of 2004. This was the largest multinational mission
commanded by a Canadian since the Suez crisis in 1956. The command proved to
be critically important as the mission established the stable security
situation within Afghanistan that allowed for the nation's first democratic
elections to take place in October 2004.
    General Hillier joined the military in 1973. After graduating from
Memorial University, Newfoundland, in 1975, he joined the armoured corps
serving with both 8th Canadian Hussars and the Royal Canadian Dragoons.
    For more information about TELUS in the community or to apply for
funding, visit www.telus.com/community.

    About TELUS

    TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE:   TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $9.4 billion of annual revenue and 11.4 million
customer connections including 5.8 million wireless subscribers, 4.3 million
wireline network access lines and 1.2 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 $113 million to charitable and
not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 2.1 million hours of
service to local communities. Eight TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead
our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please
visit telus.com.





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Vale, TELUS Media Relations, (416) 629-6425, Allison.Vale@telus.com

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