The Aliant Pioneer Volunteers offer support and hope throughout New Brunswick during holiday season

    SAINT JOHN, NB, Dec. 21 /CNW/ - The Aliant Pioneer Volunteers have
donated over $25,300 to help support families in need throughout New Brunswick
during the 2007 holiday season.
    "This donation of funds and volunteer efforts truly reflects the
Pioneers' commitment to their communities and we are so proud of their
contributions," said Robyn Tingley, Aliant's Vice President of Communications
and Public Affairs. "For our employees and many of our community partners,
these donations mark the true beginning of the holiday season."
    The Pioneer Volunteers have been working in communities throughout the
province to help the less fortunate during this special and sometimes
difficult time of year for many families.
    This year in Saint John alone, the Pioneers prepared over 250 Santa Bags
at a value of approximately $13,000. These special bags are filled with
treats, toys, games and necessities for less fortunate children throughout the
city. Pioneer volunteers in Moncton are helping families this holiday season
by providing 12 families with gifts and a two-week supply of groceries, a
total donation of over $5,000.
    From serving a full turkey dinner to the students and staff Centennial
School in Saint John to filling stockings for children in a number of
communities to supporting Passage House, a transition house for women and
children in Bathurst, the Pioneers are making this holiday season a special
one for people throughout the province.
    "The financial and volunteer support of the Aliant Pioneer Volunteers is
critical to the success of our program," said Rose-Marie Robichaud, Acting
Executive Director Passage House. "This can be a very difficult time of year
for our residents and luckily, we've been able to make it a lot brighter with
the Pioneer's help."

    About the Aliant Pioneer Volunteers

    The Aliant Pioneer Volunteers is the largest corporate based volunteer
organization in Atlantic Canada. The over 8,600 members are made up of current
and former Aliant employees and its predecessor companies. The Aliant Pioneer
Volunteers' focus on education and technology related projects within their
    Over the past nine decades, the Aliant Pioneer Volunteers, 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 Aliant Pioneer Volunteers raised
hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity and contributed close to 150,000
volunteer hours to community efforts.
    The work of the Aliant Pioneer Volunteers contributes to Aliant's overall
community investment program. In 2007, Aliant will invest $5 million through
corporate donations, in-kind contributions, and sponsorships programs.
    The Aliant Pioneer Volunteers are part of Telecom Pioneers, the largest
industry-based volunteer organization in the world. The Telecom Pioneers boast
nearly 620,000 men and women throughout Canada, the United States, and Mexico
who work together to make their communities better places in which to live and

For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Robinson, Aliant Communications and
Public Affairs, (866)694-6762,

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