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TELUS Toronto Community Board will donate $500,000 annually to local charities


Community leaders serve on new Toronto board as part of national program

May 9, 2006, Toronto, ON – Community initiatives in Toronto will receive an annual $500,000 boost from TELUS thanks to the new TELUS Toronto Community Board.

TELUS President and CEO Darren Entwistle today announced the launch of the TELUS Toronto Community Board as part of a new national philanthropic program. Charitable organizations are invited to apply for up to $20,000 in one-time funding for projects in the areas of health and wellness, education and sport, and arts and culture, with a focus on youth and the innovative use of technology.

“Members of the TELUS Toronto Community Board will help provide the local insight, knowledge and inspiration to determine where and how we can donate funds to maximize the benefits that accrue to the community,” said Mr. Entwistle. “They will also play key roles in helping TELUS identify where best to deploy our executives who are excited to lend their time to serve the Toronto community and business organizations. At TELUS, we are deeply committed to supporting the communities where we live, work and serve.”

The board is chaired by Rita Burak, Chair of the Board of Hydro One and 2001 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s Medal of Distinction in Public Administration. Johnnie-Mike Irving, TELUS Business Solutions’ Managing Director, will be vice-chair. Community leaders serving on the board include Shan Chandrasekar, President and CEO of Asian Television Network International Limited, and Janet Ecker, a former Ontario Cabinet Minister and currently an advisor with the law firm of LeDrew Laishley Reed and Cynthia Fung, the board’s youth representative and recipient of several awards for volunteering including the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteer and the City of Mississauga Mayor’s Youth Volunteer Award. TELUS team members on the board are Ian Bacque, Brad Henderson, Dan Goldberg, David Sharma, Gerry Steiner and Nick DiGiovanni.

“The national community board program is a unique and courageous initiative by TELUS,” said Ms. Burak. “The board has already donated $337,160 to 15 Toronto area charities following its soft launch in July 2005. The board is excited about continuing to work with key influencers in our community to identify and to support the important work of grass-roots organizations that may lack the public profile or expertise in fund-raising.”

TELUS community boards have been established in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Rimouski. The community boards enhance TELUS’ ongoing support of key charitable partners by expanding TELUS’ investment in smaller, grassroots efforts. In 2005, TELUS contributed more than $3 million to educational, health, arts and charitable organizations in Ontario.

For more information about the TELUS Toronto Community Board or to apply for funding, visit

TELUS is a proud supporter of our communities
In 2005, TELUS contributed more than $11 million in educational, health, arts and charitable organizations across Canada. Consistent with TELUS’ commitment to becoming Canada’s premier corporate citizen, over the last five years TELUS and its team members have contributed more than $62 million to a wide range of charitable and non-profit organizations across Canada. By focusing on the areas of health & wellness, education & sport and arts & culture, TELUS is committed to investing in opportunities that include the innovative use of technology and make the future friendly for Canada’s youth. To find out how TELUS is working hard in your community, visit us online at


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