The Aliant Pioneer Volunteers offer support and hope throughout Nova Scotia during holiday season

    HALIFAX, Dec. 21 /CNW/ - This holiday season, the Aliant Pioneer
Volunteers have donated over $38,000 to help support communities throughout
the province and give a helping hand to the less fortunate during this special
and sometimes difficult time of year for many families.
    Pioneer Volunteers have provided over $5,500 worth of Comfort Kits to the
homeless in several communities throughout Nova Scotia, which include personal
hygiene items, winter clothes and other often overlooked necessities that many
go without. These kits are distributed to transition houses throughout Halifax
including Adsum House, Phoenix House, Beacon House, Metro Turning Point and
Hope Cottage.
    The Pioneers are also supporting several food banks this season
throughout Cape Breton and communities straight across Nova Scotia and will
ensure that a number of less fortunate families enjoy turkey dinner and gifts
under the tree during this special season.
    "This truly reflects the Pioneers' commitment to our communities and to
those who need it the most," said Ivan Toner, Aliant's Chief Information
Officer. "We are extremely proud of our employees and retirees volunteerism.
For them and many of our community partners these donations and mark the true
beginning of the holiday season."
    This season, the Pioneer Volunteers will make the holiday season one to
remember with a $500 donation to Phoenix House, a shelter for teens and teens
with children.
    The "financial and volunteer support of Aliant and the Aliant Pioneer
Volunteers is critical to the success of our program, said Brigid Savage,
Director of Youth Development at Phoenix Youth Programs. "This can be a very
difficult time of year for our clients and luckily, we've been able to make it
a lot brighter with Aliant'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 TelecomPioneers, the largest
industry-based volunteer organization in the world. The TelecomPioneers 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: Peter Murchland, Aliant Communications and
Public Affairs, (877) 487-3165,

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