New award honours commitment to philanthropy

    WINDSOR, ON, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - The Canadian Manufacturing Hall of Fame is
pleased to announce a new annual award, named the Essence of Philanthropy, to
honour a Canadian manufacturing company that has demonstrated a long-term
engagement in philanthropic activities at the regional, provincial, national
and/or global level.
    The award is sponsored by Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life
through The Key to Giving(TM), their national corporate citizenship program.
    "We are proud to help establish an award that recognizes extraordinary
commitment to corporate citizenship," says Jan Belanger, Assistant
Vice-President, Community Affairs, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada
Life. "Our collective ability to build stronger communities together calls for
engagement by all sectors of society, including leaders in industry; this new
award promotes that message."
    The recipient of the inaugural award is Valiant Machine and Tool of
Windsor, Ontario. The company, founded by Michael Solcz, is celebrating its
50th anniversary in 2009 and has a long and distinguished history of financial
and human resource assistance that has been given to hundreds of charitable
and non-profit organizations. Most importantly, the employees of Valiant have
been deeply involved as volunteers in their community and log over 20,000
hours, the equivalent of 2,700 man-days, on an annual basis.
    The award will be presented to Valiant Machine & Tool at the Canadian
Manufacturing Hall of Fame Award dinner, which will be held March 31, 2009,at
the St. Clair Centre for the Arts in Windsor, Ontario.

    The 2009 inductees are:

                                John L. Bragg
                           Oxford Frozen Foods Ltd.
                             Oxford, Nova Scotia

                                Steve F. Krar
                           Educator,Trainer, Author
                               Welland, Ontario

                            Dr. John S. MacDonald
                     MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates
                         Richmond, British Columbia

                               Placide Poulin
                                  MAAX Inc.
                       Sainte-Marie de Beauce, Quebec

                         Peter Lymburner Robertson(*)
                               Robertson Inc.
                               Milton, Ontario
                                 Gavin Semple
                          Brandt Group of Companies
                             Regina, Saskatchewan

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Fred Sorrell, Canadian
Manufacturing Hall of Fame, Ph: (519) 972-2746,

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