Over 3,100 children receive backpacks through Bell Aliant's "Backpacks for Kids" program for 2009

    Bell Aliant employees, retirees and Pioneer Volunteers have filled and
    distributed 12,000 backpacks since 2003

    HALIFAX, Sept. 1 /CNW/ - For the sixth consecutive year, Bell Aliant
employees, retirees and Pioneer Volunteers have stepped up with the "Backpacks
for Kids" program to help needy families and children get the right start as
they head back to school. This year, over 3,100 backpacks filled with school
supplies were distributed to children in communities throughout Atlantic
Canada, Ontario and Quebec.
    The Bell Aliant "Backpacks for Kids" program has resulted in 12,000
backpacks being filled and distributed since it began in 2003.
    "The success of the "Backpacks for Kids" program demonstrates the
commitment of our employees, retirees and Pioneer Volunteers to their
communities," said Karen Sheriff, President & Chief Executive Officer. "It is
through their generous effort that thousands of children will start their
school year on an equal footing with their classmates."
    Volunteers have already begun distribution of the backpacks to more than
one hundred schools and community groups so that children will receive them
prior to their first day of school.
    Each year, Bell Aliant purchases the backpacks, and its employees,
retirees and volunteers purchase supplies to fill them. The Pioneer Volunteers
distribute the filled backpacks to schools and community groups across the

    For a complete list of Bell Aliant locations that adopted and distributed
backpacks click here (www.bellaliant.ca).

    About Bell Aliant

    Bell Aliant (TSX: BA.UN) is one of North America's largest regional
communications providers and an Official Supporter of the Vancouver 2010
Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Through its operating entities it serves
customers in six Canadian provinces with innovative information, communication
and technology services including voice, data, Internet, video and value-added
business solutions. Through its xwave offices, Bell Aliant also provides IT
professional services. Bell Aliant's employees are committed to deliver the
highest quality of customer service, choice and convenience.

    About Bell Aliant Pioneers

    The Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers is the largest corporate based
volunteer organization in Atlantic Canada. The close to 9,000 members are made
up of current and former Bell Aliant employees and its predecessor companies.
The Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers' focus on education and technology related
projects within their communities.
    Over the past nine decades, the Bell Aliant Pioneers, along with their
families, have assisted a wide variety of community service efforts. These
energetic and innovative volunteers often offer their support at a moment's
notice. In the past year alone, the Bell Aliant Pioneers raised over $300,000
dollars for charity and contributed over 150,000 volunteer hours to community
    The work of the Bell Aliant Pioneers contributes to Bell Aliant's overall
community investment program.
    The Bell Aliant Pioneers are part of TelecomPioneers, the largest
industry-based volunteer organization in the world. The TelecomPioneers boast
nearly 620,000 men and women throughout Canada and the United States who work
together to make their communities better places in which to live and work.

For further information:

For further information: Media Relations: Anna Peddle, Bell Aliant
Public Affairs, (888) 818-6825, anna.peddle@bellaliant.ca

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