MTS celebrates 75 years of caring in Manitoba

MTS Volunteers (formerly the MTS Pioneers) honoured by Company for making a difference in the community since 1938

Stock Symbol:  MBT

WINNIPEG, June 7, 2013 /CNW/ - MTS, Manitoba's leading full-service communications provider, is proud to honour the 75th anniversary of the MTS Volunteers, a group of current and former MTS employees and their families that donates more than 50,000 hours annually to support non-profit and charitable organizations across Manitoba.

"On behalf of all of us at MTS, I would like to congratulate the MTS Volunteers on their diamond anniversary and extend my sincere thanks and appreciation for the tremendous contribution they make to our community," said Kelvin Shepherd, President, MTS.  "More than 200 organizations across our province benefit from their support annually and I am so pleased to see the legacy continue year-after-year."

Last night, at the Qualico Family Centre in Assiniboine Park, MTS held a celebratory event.  City of Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz, Minister of Healthy Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs, Jim Rondeau and MTS President Kelvin Shepherd expressed their congratulations, which was followed by a special dedication in honour of past, present and future MTS Volunteers.

The MTS Volunteers have contributed more than one million hours of community service in Manitoba over the last 75 years. The group has raised and donated tens of thousands of dollars to non-profit and charitable organizations throughout Manitoba including, among others, Ronald McDonald House Manitoba, Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, Society for Manitobans with Disabilities, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, and Variety, the Children's Charity of Manitoba.

"The MTS Volunteers organization gave me an opportunity to develop leadership skills and to get to know my colleagues from work, who are like family," said MTS Volunteer Liaison Barb Culbertson, who has been volunteering with MTS since 1994. "Volunteering is my way of giving back to the community and MTS."

As part of MTS's corporate giving program, MTS supports the work of the MTS Volunteers through financial and in-kind support, including the provision of a special work facility for the MTS Volunteers, as well as access to the MTS fleet of vehicles.

Over the course of their history, the MTS Volunteers have been recognized individually and as a group, with numerous awards and accolades, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Premier's Volunteer Service Award, Mayor's Volunteer Service Award and the Gold Medal Award for Innovation by Industry Canada.

"Volunteer Manitoba applauds the MTS Volunteers for their unwavering dedication and truly unique commitment as a long standing volunteer organization in our Province. Their loyalty to our community and MTS is very special," said Noreen Nian, incoming Executive Director for Volunteer Manitoba. "This group exemplifies the true spirit and generosity of Manitobans."

About MTS
MTS is the leading full-service communications provider for residential and business customers in Manitoba. The company's suite of products and services include the latest in wireless technology, high-speed Internet, an award-winning IPTV service, voice services, home security, and an extensive range of business solutions.  A technology leader, MTS operates advanced wireless networks delivering the best coverage for Manitobans with its 4G, CDMA and Wi-Fi wireless networks and is investing to build out its extensive fibre-to-the-home network in over 20 Manitoba communities. MTS's momentum is fuelled by the knowledge, skills and spirit of its 3,000 Manitoba-based employees. With over 100 years of operations, MTS is rooted firmly in the community and is a proud sponsor of the MTS Centre, home to the NHL's Winnipeg Jets. MTS is wholly owned by Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. which is listed on the TSX (trading symbol: MBT). For information on MTS's products and services, please visit

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Image with caption: "MTS Volunteers were honoured last night at a 75th anniversary event. Pictured in front of a refurbished Manitoba Government Telephone truck are (L-R): MTS Volunteers Liaison Barb Culbertson, City of Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz, Minister of Healthy Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs Jim Rondeau, MTS Volunteers Winnipeg Council President Joan Ferris, MTS President Kelvin Shepherd, and MTS Volunteers Life Members President Eric Nazar. (CNW Group/MTS Allstream)". Image available at:

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Jessica Poitras
Corporate Communications
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