Toronto Resident Receives Kids Help Phone's National Volunteer of the Year Award



    TORONTO, June 11 /CNW/ - Toronto resident and long-time Kids Help Phone
volunteer Shane Butcher has been awarded the charity's National Volunteer of
the Year Award.
    As past BMO Bank of Montreal District Vice President, London District,
and Founding Chair of the BMO Boo-la-thon in support of Kids Help Phone in
London, Shane has inspired tremendous support for Kids Help Phone that has
reached far into the community. This has included playing a lead role in
community based corporate engagement events to raise awareness, recruiting
leadership volunteers and increasing the profile for Kids Help Phone.
    "Shane is the epitome of a committed volunteer who supports Kids Help
Phone's goal of being there for kids in his community and across Canada," says
Jenny Yuen, Regional Director of Ontario for Kids Help Phone. "I want to thank
Shane for his leadership, passion and dedication, and we appreciate his drive
to find new opportunities to support Kids Help Phone."
    Thanks to Shane's hard work, leadership and commitment to fundraising,
the London Chapter's BMO Boo-la-thon in support of Kids Help Phone has raised
more than $125,000 since its inception. Spearheading efforts to increase
participation and funds raised, he has also recruited significant support for
the Walk for Kids Help Phone and many other Kids Help Phone initiatives in the
community.
    "I know first-hand what a difference volunteers make, and I am happy to
be able to give back to my community by volunteering my time and energy to an
organization like Kids Help Phone," says Shane. "Kids Help Phone's counsellors
provide help and hope to kids across Canada every day and I'm proud to be
associated with a charity that helps kids in tangible ways. I thank Kids Help
Phone for the honour of being recognized as Kids Help Phone's National
Volunteer of the Year."
    Shane has recently relocated to Toronto in his new role as Vice
President, P&C PO Operations Canada at BMO Financial Group, but he remains
committed to further motivating, engaging and building a strong support
network within his new and broadening network.
    This year also marks Kids Help Phone's 20th Anniversary and Shane has
personalized the outstanding commitment that BMO Financial Group, a founding
sponsor of Kids Help Phone, continues to provide. He is always quick to remind
volunteers and fundraisers of the importance and impact of Kids Help Phone and
how essential the service is for children and youth.
    "Employees of BMO believe strongly in doing their part to improve the
communities where they work and live," said Sandra Hanington, Executive
Vice-President, BMO Financial Group and Kids Help Phone Board member. "Shane's
achievements in support of Kids Help Phone exemplify this philosophy and his
longstanding commitment to helping children in the London area."
    Kids Help Phone's National Volunteer of the Year Award is presented
annually to a volunteer who has shown outstanding dedication and support for
Kids Help Phone and its mission of improving the well-being of children and
youth in Canada by providing them anonymous and confidential counselling,
referral and information through technologically-based communications media.

    About Kids Help Phone:

    This year marks Kids Help Phone's 20th Anniversary. For the past two
decades, Kids Help Phone has been at the forefront in providing help and hope
through its phone and web counselling services, earning the respect and trust
of kids across Canada. When young people feel like there's nowhere to turn,
when parents, schools and social services are unavailable, closed, backlogged
or simply not accessible for any reason, Kids Help Phone is there. Young
people know that when they reach out to Kids Help Phone, any time of the day
or night, they'll be connected with a professional counsellor who can provide
immediate, kid-friendly insight, help and direction on a wide variety of key
and emerging issues.
    Last year, Kids Help Phone counsellors connected with kids in almost
3,000 Canadian communities more than 2.2 million times. By continuing to reach
out to kids in meaningful and innovative ways, Kids Help Phone will remain a
trusted part of kids' lives for many years to come.

    CNW Group is proud to be the official newswire provider for Kids Help
Phone.




For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Virginia Middleton, Coordinator,
Public Relations, Kids Help Phone, (416) 586-5437 x8345,
virginia.middleton@kidshelpphone.ca


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