Local Hamilton children will participate in airport tour
CALGARY, July 23 /CNW/ - Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and WestJet
(TSX:WJA) today announced that children from the Hamilton East Kiwanis Boys
and Girls Club will participate in their Passport to Success program on July
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.
Hamilton WestJetters will provide a behind the scenes tour of the Hamilton
International Airport to approximately 12 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. The Hamilton International Airport tour is one
of 14 happening across Canada between July 21 and 28, 2008. In total, 150
children will participate in the 2008 Passport to Success program.
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 Hamilton East Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club
Hamilton East Kiwanis Boys and Girls Clubis a member of Boys and Girls
Clubs of Canada, a national movement of clubs with 700 community locations,
currently serving more than 200,000 children and youth annually. For over 100
years, Boys and Girls Clubs have been helping young Canadians to discover,
develop and achieve their potential. To learn more, visit www.bgccan.com.
For further information:
For further information: WestJet, Media Relations, Gillian Bentley,
1-888-WJ 4 NEWS (1-888-954-6397), Email: email@example.com, Website:
www.westjet.com, or Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, Christine Amendola,
National Communications Specialist, (905) 477-7272 Ext. 237, Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.bgccan.com