Luminaries Award Winners Shine for Contributions to MTS Allstream over 100 Years

    Stock Symbol: MBT

    WINNIPEG, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream"), as part
of its 100th anniversary celebrations, was delighted to pay tribute to a
select group of individuals last week - the MTS Allstream Luminaries. The 14
remarkable people, primarily current and former employees, were praised for
distinction in their respective fields through outstanding achievements and
dedication in the categories of customer service, leadership, creativity,
innovation, technical achievement, environmental stewardship and community
    "We call them Luminaries because each, in his or her own way, has made an
important contribution to the company, and in the process encouraged others to
do the same," said Pierre Blouin, CEO, MTS Allstream. "Each of the Luminaries
is an exceptional person who has contributed to our company, our communities,
and inspired their colleagues to reach higher. They truly are an inspiration
to all of us and deserve our thanks and recognition."

    The following employees - past or current - are the MTS Allstream

    Roger Ballance - Leadership
    Roger, who retired in 2006, is a former Executive Vice President of the
company who in a variety of senior executive positions played an integral role
in driving the evolution of MTS Allstream's development into a significant
national competitor. Roger was involved at the highest levels of strategic
direction for the company for 36 years.

    Geoffrey Badgley - Customer Service Excellence
    Geoff is a senior manager of client services in our Vancouver office. A
25 year veteran of the company, he has a reputation for solving difficult
customer service issues with urgency, competence and diplomacy. Geoff has also
made contributions in the acquisition and retention of several key national

    Gordon Holman - Customer Service Excellence
    Gordon, who is retired, joined the company in 1956. His career spanned 36
years and culminated in his promotion in 1989 to Regional Vice President in
the Northern Region of the province. There he demonstrated leadership in
delivering phone service to rural and remote communities in Manitoba, bringing
to life our commitment to connecting communities and all Canadians.

    Mary Anne Piercy - Customer Service Excellence
    Mary Anne is a retired customer service manager and a symbol of "the
voice to the customer". One of her achievements was training customer care
teams to assist customers with concerns ranging from installation, repair,
billing, and calls to directory assistance. Mary Anne, who began her career in
1955, was a model employee - a professional who knew how to treat customers
respectfully, and a teacher who helped others on her team do the same.

    Roy Sherbo - Creativity, Innovation and Technical Achievement
    Roy is the current vice president of regional operations in the Consumer
Markets division and has been with the company for 32 years. He played a
pivotal role in a significant program evolving the Manitoba network with
broadband technology. As a result, MTS Allstream was able to enter the
marketplace with its digital television service, MTS TV, one of the largest
deployments of its kind in North America.

    Rob Kress - Creativity, Innovation and Technical Achievement
    Over his 34 year career, Rob has developed a strong reputation as the
"go-to guy" on difficult technical issues, particularly those associated with
rolling out new services based on advanced technology. In this industry, where
technology changes so quickly, the company depends heavily on the experience
and ingenuity of people like Rob Kress.

    Rod Kachulak - Creativity, Innovation and Technical Achievement
    Rod retired in 2006 after a distinguished thirty-five year career. Among
his many accomplishments is the development of a Broadband Network plan. This
moved MTS Allstream into the future by deploying technologies that today
provide the infrastructure to deliver, digital television and high-speed

    Fred Riddle - Environmental Leadership
    Fred has been a driving force behind many initiatives in the company to
"go green" and to build the reality of MTS Allstream as a socially responsible
corporate citizen that is committed to sustainable development. Today - thanks
to the work of Fred Riddle and others he has inspired - we are a leader in our
industry for environmental performance.

    Ella West - Community Service
    Ella is a director of risk management, and was the 2006 Volunteer of the
Year in the enterprise solutions division for her dedication to the Canadian
Red Cross. In 2006, she volunteered 750 hours in Sri Lanka after the tsunami
disaster, coordinating efforts to find temporary housing, water and food
supplies. In May 2008, Ella was awarded the prestigious "Order of Red Cross"
for two decades of volunteer service to the Canadian Red Cross.

    Barbara Sul - Community Service
    Over the past 20 years, Barb has been involved with MTS Volunteers -
formerly known as the Telephone Pioneers. She has been a leader in numerous
volunteer projects and devotes approximately 100 hours a month to many
community causes that answer the call of those in need.

    In addition, the following individuals received Special Recognition
Luminary Awards:

    Harry Mortimer
    For approximately 40 years, Harry has been the unofficial company
historian. Even prior to his retirement in 1996, he worked with a group of
volunteers to preserve and catalogue artifacts, recording the history of the
company and its changes over the generations. The company is incredibly proud
of Harry's commitment to preserving the past.

    Hendrik (Hank) Meinders
    With 49 years of service, Hank is MTS Allstream's longest serving current
employee. He began his career in 1959 as an equipment installer and traveled
across Manitoba working on telephone equipment installation. Hank helped
establish the microwave system between Churchill and Winnipeg and was also
involved in establishing two province-wide fibre optic networks. In the 1970s,
he joined the engineering department, and then transferred to the architects
department, where he works today.

    James C. McDaniel (posthumous)
    Jim, who passed away in 2006, began his career in 1934 as a young
telegraph messenger. His career spanned the last century's technology
revolution from Morse code to fibre optics to the beginnings of the Internet.
During the 1970s and 1980s, Jim was the face of the company in television
commercials. After a brief retirement in the 1990s, Jim returned as a member
of the senior management team, where he contributed his powers of persuasion
and national presence to the efforts to bring competition to Canada's long
distance telephony market.

    Sir Rodmond P. Roblin (posthumous)
    The Roblin Government created Manitoba's first crown corporations. Under
Premier Roblin, the province bought the Bell Telephone Co., created a
successful government telephone system, and established the first effective
public utilities commission in the nation. The official name of the company,
designated by an Order-in-Council on January 15, 1908, was Manitoba Government
Telephones. The development of the Manitoba Government Telephones, the first
such system on the continent, began in response to a growing demand for public
ownership of public utilities.

    For more information about the Luminary winners and the history of the
company, please visit a special website developed by MTS Allstream to
commemorate its 100th anniversary:

    About MTS Allstream
    MTS Allstream is a wholly owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services
Inc. and is one of Canada's leading national communication solutions
providers, delivering innovative products and services through the Enterprise
Solutions and Consumer Markets divisions. The Enterprise Solutions division,
which operates under the Allstream brand nationally and under the MTS
Allstream brand in Manitoba, is a leading competitor in the national business
and wholesale markets. This division offers customers a portfolio of solutions
tailored to the needs of medium and large businesses looking for success in a
world of rapidly evolving technology - IP connectivity, unified
communications, IT consulting and security services. The Consumer Markets
division leads every telecommunications market segment in Manitoba, delivering
a full suite of next generation wireless, high-speed Internet and data,
digital television and wireline voice services under the MTS brand, as well as
small business services in select markets across Canada under the Allstream
brand, and security and alarm monitoring services through AAA Alarm Systems
Ltd., an affiliate of MTS Allstream which also operates in other western
provinces. MTS Allstream's extensive national broadband fibre optic network
spans more than 24,300 kilometres, and provides international connections
through strategic alliances and interconnection agreements with other
international service providers. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.'s common
shares are listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT). For
more information, please visit:

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