WestJet provides "gift of flight" to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada



    Donation seeks to have far reaching and long lasting impact on Canadian
    youth

    BURLINGTON, ON, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and
WestJet today announced it has renewed its philanthropic partnership that will
provide donated flights to help the popular youth mentoring organization
advance its strategic goals.
    The airline's community investment program, WestJet Cares for Kids, will
donate 285 flights to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada to use to provide
support to local Big Brothers/Big Sisters agencies, fundraising incentives and
to provide flights for youth participating in a Big Brothers/Big Sisters
mentoring program.
    "This contribution from WestJet will have a profound impact on our
ability to provide more Canadian children with the best quality mentoring
programs in this country," said Bruce MacDonald, President and CEO of Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. "We are grateful and proud to have WestJet as
a corporate partner."
    "WestJet is honoured to partner with Canada's leader in mentoring youth,
Big Brothers Big Sisters," said Richard Bartrem, WestJet Vice-President
Culture and Communications. "The spirit of giving and volunteering is embedded
in WestJet's caring culture. Partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Canada will give WestJetters across the country the opportunity to make a
life-long difference in children's lives."

    About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is Canada's premier youth mentoring
agency, offering the Big Brother/Big Sister program and a host of other
innovative and successful programs, including In-School Mentoring, Go Girls!
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds and Big Bunch. Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Canada has approximately 150 member agencies in over 1,000 diverse communities
across the country. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada services
24,300 children across Canada.

    About WestJet

    WestJet is Canada's leading low-cost, high-value airline offering
scheduled service throughout its 45-city North American and Caribbean network.
Named Canada's most admired corporate culture in 2005, 2006 and 2007, WestJet
pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. With increased legroom and leather seats
on its modern fleet of 71 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, and live
seatback television provided by Bell ExpressVu on the majority of its fleet,
WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.
    WestJet Cares for Kids is WestJet's community investment program that
focuses on children's health and wellness. WestJet donated over gifts of
3,600 flights throughout 2007.





For further information:

For further information: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, Carolyn
Cancela, Director of Partnership Development, (905) 639-0461, E-mail:
ccancela@bbbsc.ca, Website: www.bbbsc.ca

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