UPS Canada honoured with "Thanks a Million" award 12th year in a row

UPS gives $1 million to United Way

MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Once again, UPS Canada was honoured with the United Way Centraide Canada's prestigious national 'Thanks a Million' award, which was presented at the Annual General Meeting in Burlington on June 17th.

This is the 12th consecutive year that United Way has recognized the exceptional contribution of UPS Canada and its employees.  The award commemorates organizations that, through corporate charity and the combined efforts of employees and members, contribute $1,000,000 or more to United Way nationwide.

"We're extremely proud of this honour, said Michael Tierney, UPS Canada President.  "UPS was founded with the principle that we must be committed to the communities in which we work and live.  I am especially proud of UPS employees across Canada who continue to share their time and efforts in support of the vital services United Way provides.  They are keeping our founding principles alive."

Each UPS facility in Canada takes part in an annual United Way pledge campaign, with various fundraisers hosted throughout the year. This year the Second Annual 'Pulling for U' Plane Pull is taking place.  The event is a collaborative effort with United Way Calgary and the UPS Calgary centre.  Teams of 15 are challenged to pull an approximate 190,000 lbs Airbus A300 for 50 feet in the quickest time.

"Once again UPS Canada and their employees have led the way and made significant contributions to the well-being of Canadians through their partnership with the United Way/Centraide movement across Canada.  On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who benefit from this generousity, may I extend our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation in helping us build stronger, more vibrant and caring communities," said Len Lifchus, CEO - United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton.

Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen. Whether through its involvement with United Way, The UPS Foundation or volunteerism, UPS provides assistance to programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs.

About United Way in Canada

There are over 100 community-based United Ways across the country that work together as a national Movement to improve lives by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. The Movements three funding focus areas are: helping Canadians move from poverty to possibility, supporting healthy people to build strong communities, and helping kids be all they can be.

Each local United Way work in partnership with their communities (school boards, governments, academia, unions, business leaders, neighbourhood residents and funders) to achieve long-term measurable change, creating opportunities for a better life for everyone.

United Way Centraide Canada's national office (located in Ottawa) provides guidance and support on behalf of the national Movement.

About UPS

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the web at and its corporate blog can be found at To get UPS news direct, visit

SOURCE: UPS Canada Ltd.

For further information:

Robyn van Teunenbroek
UPS Canada Public Relations
Tel: 905-676-1708


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