OLG teams up for Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

TORONTO, Sept. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - As a proud community partner, employees at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) are once again hitting Ontario's shorelines to take part in the 2011 Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

This is the third year that OLG's Bet On Green volunteer employee teams are participating in the event, which focuses on cleaning up the shorelines of local waterways - whether a pond, lake, river or stream. This is also the first year that OLG is participating as a provincial sponsor of the nationwide Vancouver Aquarium and WWF initiative.

"Hundreds of OLG employees are volunteering their spare time to help clean up Ontario shorelines. It's a true reflection of our employees and their dedication to the environment and their communities. Almost all of our 22 sites across the province are getting involved this year," said Alison Gibbins, Senior Manager responsible for the OLG Bet On Green program.

"The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is a wonderful opportunity for Canadians to get involved in keeping their waters clean and healthy for the communities and wildlife that depend on them," says Jill Dwyer, Manager, Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. "We're proud to partner with OLG, who always show an outstanding commitment to this initiative. We look forward to seeing the impacts of their contribution on our shorelines again this year."

In 2007, OLG created its Bet On Green program, an internal initiative created to lessen the environmental impact of OLG's operations, promote environmental awareness to employees, increase green awareness among customers and become a global leader in energy-efficient gaming. Significant milestones of the program include an engaged employee volunteer program, shrinking the size of lottery tickets to reduce paper usage and the implementation of a green procurement policy for all OLG vendors.

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, is one of the largest direct action conservation programs in Canada. A conservation initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium and WWF, the Shoreline Cleanup aims to promote understanding of shoreline litter issues by engaging Canadians to rehabilitate shoreline areas through cleanups. www.ShorelineCleanup.ca.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG lotteries, casinos, slots, and resort casinos have generated more than $32 billion for the benefit of the Province of Ontario. Gaming proceeds support Ontario's hospitals, amateur sport, recreational and cultural activities, communities, provincial priority programs such as health care and education, and local and provincial charities and non-profit organizations through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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