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Northwestel Volunteer Involvement Fund Supports 19 Groups in 2007

by NationTalk on February 9, 2008897 Views

News Release
02/07/2008

The volunteer efforts of Northwestel employees during the past year have resulted in nearly $10,000.00 in sponsorship funding for nineteen northern charities and non-profit groups.Northwestel provides the donations through its Volunteer Involvement Fund, which recognizes the volunteer work of the company’s employees by making donations to community organisations with which they work.

Last year, Northwestel approved 24 applications from its employees, resulting in 24 awards of $400.00, a total of $9,600.00.

“Northwestel is proud to support the volunteer efforts of our employees through the Volunteer Involvement Fund,” said Paul Flaherty, Northwestel President and Chief Executive Officer. “We know that many of our employees enjoy contributing to their communities through organizations that are working to build a better North. The Fund allows us to both support and encourage these efforts.”

The applications represent more than 2600 hours of volunteer work during the past year to a variety of groups across the North. (See attached list of benefiting organisations).

Most groups received a donation of $400.00. However, three organisations received a larger amount, because more than one employee applied successfully on their behalf.

Each Northwestel employee can apply for one donation per year of $ 400.00. In order to apply, the employee must have volunteered a minimum 50 hours for a single organisation during a one-year period. There is a cap of $2000 per organisation each year. That means it is possible for up to five employees to benefit the same organisation in the same year. For example, in 2007 the Aurora Horse Association in Yellowknife received $800.00 from the Volunteer Involvement Fund because two Northwestel employees made successful applications for that organisation.

This is the sixth year of Northwestel’s Volunteer Involvement Fund program.

In 2007, Northwestel contributed more than $800,000 in cash and in-kind donations to many northern community groups, including the 2007 Canada Winter Games. Throughout its history, Northwestel has played a key role in the economic, social and cultural development of the North. Northwestel is recognised as a key contributor to the well-being of northern communities through its community investment program and the volunteer contributions of its employees.

Northwestel provides complete telecommunications solutions for the 110,000 residents of the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon and northern British Columbia. The company’s operations span nearly 4 million square kilometres of the most remote and rugged areas of Canada.

[see attached list of benefiting organisations]

Approved Applications for Volunteer Involvement Fund 2007

Territory/ Community Organisation/ Hrs/ Volunteers/ Donation

Nunavut
/ Iqaluit/ Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank/ 50/ 1/ $400

Northwest Territories
/ Norman Wells/ Norman Wells Fire Department/ 150/ 1/ $400
/ Yellowknife/ Aurora Horse Association/ 144/ 2/ $800
/ Yellowknife/ Aurora Ukrainian Dancers/ 50/ 1/ $400
/ Yellowknife/ Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary/ 338/ 3/ $1200
/ Yellowknife/ Yellowknife Gymnastic Club/ 750/ 1/ $400
/ Yellowknife/ Yellowknife Polar Bear Swim Club/ 70/ 1/ $400
/ Yellowknife/ Yellowknife Search and Rescue/ 70/ 1/ $400

NWT Subtotal / 7 organisations/ 1572/ 10/ $4000

Yukon
/ Whitehorse/ Basketball Yukon/ 100/ 1/ $400
/ Whitehorse/ Breakfast for Learning/ 74 1 $400
/ Whitehorse/ Canadian Ski Patrol System – Yukon Zone/ 50/ 1/ $400
/ Whitehorse/ Girl Guides of Canada/ 50/ 1/ $400
/ Whitehorse/ Habitat for Humanity Yukon/ 200/ 1/ $400
/ Whitehorse/ Harley Owners Group, Yukon Chapter/ 250/ 3 $1200
/ Whitehorse/ Mary House/ 50/ 1/ $400
/ Whitehorse/ School Spirit/ 50/ 1/ $400
/ Whitehorse/ Yukon Art Society/ 50/ 1/ $400
/ Whitehorse/ Yukon Guild of Needle Arts/ 52/ 1/ $400
/ Whitehorse/ Yukon River Marathon Paddling Association/ 100/ 1/ $400

Yukon Subtotal/ 11 organisations/ 1026/ 13/ $5200

TOTAL/ 19 organisations/ 2648/ 24/ $ 9,600

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