TELUS invites Toronto businesses to support Junior Achievement with the
activation of a new TELUS smartphone
TORONTO, May 12 /CNW/ - TELUS and Junior Achievement Canada today
announced the launch of a milestone campaign to support young
Torontonians in developing their entrepreneurial spirit. Until December
31, 2011, TELUS will give $50* to Junior Achievement Canada for each
smartphone activation by a Toronto based business. The amount donated
by TELUS will be used by Junior Achievement to promote and expand its
youth mentorship and educational programming and also enable the
organization to increase the technology and innovation capabilities
offered to achievers across Toronto.
"As two organizations focused on generating prosperity, competitiveness
and a productive workforce, Junior Achievement and TELUS have started
an innovative partnership," said Mr. Jos Wintermans, Chair, Junior
Achievement of Canada Foundation. "Together we are helping young
Canadians to realize their potential. Through this commitment, we can
ensure they experience the impact of Junior Achievement and gain the
confidence and skills to call themselves Achievers."
For 55 years, Junior Achievement learning experiences have helped young
Canadians discover leadership, financial literacy, entrepreneurship and
workforce readiness skills. Junior Achievement reaches over 230,000
students annually with 13,000 dedicated business volunteers in over 400
communities across Canada - that's over 3.7 million students who have
been part of Junior Achievement programs. Junior Achievement is the
link between education and the world of work by giving youth the
confidence and knowledge they need to define personal success, enhance
their workforce readiness and pursue their dreams.
"Small and medium businesses (SMBs) are at the heart of Toronto's
economic activities and TELUS wants to help young Torontonians find
their entrepreneurial spirit to build that next generation of achievers
by supporting one of Canada's organizations recognized for developing
future talents," said Jim Senko, vice-president of SMB Marketing at
TELUS. "We believe in supporting today's SMBs in all their wireless
needs and what better way to help the next generation find its
entrepreneurial spirit than by working together to provide them with
the education and funding they need."
TELUS offers office and mobile communications solutions to more than
250,000 small-and-medium-sized businesses across Canada. SMBs doing
business with TELUS can count on a large team dedicated to meeting
their business needs 24/7, access to Canada's fastest coast-to-coast 4G
network**, Clear and Simple rate plans, the most network and business
device choices in Canada and customized solutions that enable them to
work wherever they are.
TELUS was recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as
the 2010 Most Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation globally, the first
time a Canadian company has ever received this international honour.
TELUS has a proud history of supporting local charitable and non-profit
organizations in Toronto, including the Royal Conservatory, Learning
Through the Arts, Luminato and the Hockey Education Reaching Out
Society (H.E.R.O.S.). In addition, TELUS has donated $9.8 million to
Ontario charitable organizations since 2000. Moreover, $700,000 will be
donated to grassroot community projects by the TELUS Community Board in
Toronto in 2011.
Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver businesses are also invited to join
TELUS' Junior Achievement campaign to raise $500,000 for Junior
Achievement Canada in 2011. For more information about TELUS' Junior
Achievement campaign in Toronto, please visit: www.telus.com/toronto.
*up to a maximum of $250,000.
**Based on TELUS' tests of data throughput speeds in large Canadian
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $9.9 billion of annual revenue and 12.3 million
customer connections including 7 million wireless subscribers, 3.7
million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet
subscribers and more than 350,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by
President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of
communications products and services including data, Internet protocol
(IP), voice, entertainment and video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team
members and retirees will, by year-end 2011, have contributed $245
million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered
4.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Ten TELUS
Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS' local philanthropic
initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding
philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of
Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to
receive this prestigious international recognition.
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com. To learn more about TELUS' commitment to the community, please visit
About Junior Achievement of Canada
Junior Achievement is the largest non-profit youth organization in
Canada dedicated to inspiring and preparing youth to succeed in a
global economy. For over 50 years, Junior Achievement learning
experiences have helped young Canadians discover financial literacy,
entrepreneurial and work readiness skills so they can achieve their
highest potential. Across Canada, Junior Achievement reaches over
230,000 students annually with 13,029 dedicated business mentors in
over 400 communities. For more information, please visit www.jacan.org.
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