MTS Allstream leader receives CWC Excellence in Leadership Award

Stock Symbol: MBT

TORONTO, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream"), one of Canada's leading national communications solutions providers, is proud to congratulate Lina Lawrence, MTS Allstream's Director of IT Business Services in Toronto, for being honoured with a Leadership Excellence Award from the Canadian Women in Communications ("CWC"). CWC is a national organization that raises the profile of women working in the communications field.

"Leaders like Lina Lawrence are fundamental to the success of our company," said Pierre Blouin, Chief Executive Officer of MTS Allstream. "Her leadership abilities help to foster the growth of our employees and we value her contribution to the success of our company. We are proud of her for earning this award."

Ms. Lawrence joined MTS Allstream in 2007. She has a diploma in Business Administration from Sheridan College in Brampton, Ontario. Lina speaks two languages, English and Portuguese, and is active in her community, having volunteered at the Heart and Stroke Foundation for the past 11 years. She has also volunteered for Operation Red Nose and the Police Advisory Council in Caledon, Ontario.

One Canada's Top 100 Employers and one of Manitoba's Top 25 Employers, this is the third consecutive year that an MTS Allstream leader has been recognized with an award from CWC. In 2008, Pat Solman, Vice-President Customer Care, received CWC's Mentor of the Year Award, and in 2009, Lesley McFarlane, Director of Network Services Business Planning and Operational Performance received the Excellence in Leadership Award in the Mentor category.

Lina Lawrence will receive the Leadership Excellence award at the CWC Annual Awards Gala on March 29, 2010 in Ottawa.

About MTS Allstream

MTS Allstream is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. As one of Canada's leading national communication solutions companies, MTS Allstream provides innovative communications for the way Canadians want to live and work today. The Company has more than 100 years of experience, with 6,000 employees across Canada dedicated to a mission of delivering true value as seen through the eyes of our customers. MTS Allstream has nearly two million total customer connections spanning business customers across Canada and residential consumers throughout the province of Manitoba. The Company's extensive national broadband and fibre optic network spans almost 30,000 kilometres. MTS Allstream is a proud sponsor of Cindy Klassen, 2006 World Champion and Canada's greatest Olympian, and a proud contributor to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.'s common shares are listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT). Customers, stakeholders and investors who want to learn more about MTS Allstream services, markets, community commitments and record of creating shareholder value are encouraged to visit:

SOURCE MTS Allstream

For further information: For further information: Media: Greg Burch, MTS Allstream Corporate Communications, (416) 345-3576, (204) 941-8576,

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