Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and WestJet Offer Passports to Success

    Over 150 Children in 14 Cities Will Participate in Airport Tours

    CALGARY, July 21 /CNW/ - Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and WestJet today
announced that over 150 children from 14 cities will participate in their
national partnership program, Passport to Success, between July 21 and 28,
    Passport to Success offers young boys and girls from across Canada an
inside look at how an airport works. The program helps them understand how the
subjects they learn in school can lead to exciting career opportunities.
WestJetters in Comox, Calgary, Saskatoon, St. John's (NF), Edmonton, Thunder
Bay, Saint John (NB), Montreal, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Halifax,
Victoria, and Regina will provide behind-the-scenes tours of their airports to
local Boys and Girls Club children.
    "WestJet is pleased to partner with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
and to offer the Passport to Success program for the second year in a row,"
says Richard Bartrem, WestJet Vice-President of Culture and Communications.
"The Passport to Success partnership with WestJet Cares for Kids not only
supports the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada through the gift of flight, but
through WestJet's caring culture at the local level by providing opportunities
like these airport tours."
    "This is a one-of-a-kind experience for our members across the country to
get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of an airport and explore
potential career prospects," said Pam Jolliffe, President and CEO, Boys and
Girls Clubs of Canada. "We are thankful to WestJet for their continued support
and for providing the participating clubs with a unique opportunity."
    The Passport to Success partnership aims to provide Boys and Girls Clubs
across Canada with WestJet volunteers, fund raising support through the gift
of flight, and the opportunity to share the WestJet culture and the aviation
industry with young Canadians.

    About WestJet

    WestJet is Canada's leading high-value low-cost airline offering
scheduled service throughout its 49-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. WestJet offers increased legroom and
leather seats on its modern fleet of 75 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft,
and live seatback television provided by Bell ExpressVu. With future confirmed
deliveries for an additional 46 aircraft, bringing its fleet to 121 by 2013,
WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.

    About Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

    Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is a leading, national provider of
programs to children and youth that support the healthy physical, educational
and social development of close to 200,000 young people and their families
each year. In 700 community locations across Canada, clubs offer after-school
programs in physical recreation, technology, the arts, literacy, personal
growth and more. Many clubs also provide meals, emergency shelter, family
support programs and other support to children, youth and families at risk.
Boys and Girls Clubs have been helping young Canadians to discover, develop
and achieve their potential for over 100 years. To learn more, visit

For further information:

For further information: WestJet, Gillian Bentley, Media Relations,
1-888-WJ 4 NEWS (1-888-954-6397), Email:, Website:, or Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, Christine Amendola,
National Communications Specialist, (905) 477-7272 Ext. 237, Email:, Website:

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