Majesta Celebrates Atlantic Canadians

MONCTON, NB, Sept. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - Atlantic Canadians are known as caring and compassionate people and never was that more in evidence than the Celebrate Atlantic Canadians contest held recently by Majesta household paper products.

"We were overwhelmed by the quality of the people who were nominated and the number of ways they give back to their communities, to their provinces and to the entire region," according to Wendy White, Brand Manager for Majesta.

"Majesta is a quality tissue product made by and for Atlantic Canadians and for that reason we wanted to celebrate the spirit of all Atlantic Canadians by recognizing those who are truly making a difference in their local community."

A panel of judges identified five Atlantic Canadians they believe are making a difference to the lives of others.  These five are:

  • Kim Harper-Given of Halifax, NS, a woman who has shown great dedication to her community. Kim volunteers at a homeless shelter for those who need a warm bed and a hearty meal. She also works at a women's shelter where she serves to look after and comfort women and children at the shelter.
  • Cecile Beaton of New Glasgow, NS has a long history of community volunteerism from scouts to minor hockey to the St. John Ambulance and the Remembrance Day Poppy Campaign. She continues to be active in her community as she heads into her 84th year.
  • Jim Hirtle of Moncton, NB, who volunteers tutoring kids, pastoring to seniors and helping at his church. Jim volunteers at the Spencer Nursing Home, plays piano or organ at different occasions and cleans his church every week.
  • Denice Klavano of Middle Sackville, NS, who turned the loss of her son into a campaign to promote organ and tissue donation. Due to her passion, many individuals have signed their own donor cards and made their families aware of their wishes.
  • Bonny Cross of Tancook Island, NS, who makes a difference volunteering in many organizations in her community including for the local emergency response team where she is a trained medical first responder. She is a member of the board for the recreation association, a member of the elementary school advisory council and a member of the Island marketing team.

Each of these five will receive $1000, the recognition of being an Atlantic Canadian who is making a difference and will be featured in upcoming print ads.  "These people are truly outstanding examples of giving back and we are proud to celebrate them and their accomplishments," Ms. White said.

In addition to the five individuals who the judges selected as making a difference, one name was selected in a random draw to receive a $10,000 cash prize.  Barry Mitchell of Margaretsville, NS is the grand prize winner in the Celebrate Atlantic Canadians contest.

Judges for the contest were Tammy Davis, Executive Director of the United Way of Newfoundland and Labrador; Marilyn Holm, Atlantic Regional Manager of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; Carol Cottrill, Executive Director of the ALS Society of New Brunswick; Kris O'Brien, President of the United Way of Prince Edward Island and Jim Schedler, Vice President of Marketing Irving Consumer Products.

MAJESTA products are made in Atlantic Canada by Irving Tissue Corporation, a member of the J.D. Irving, Limited family of companies whose Canadian heritage dates back to 1882.

SOURCE Majesta

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Bill Whalen
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