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TELUS and Edmonton Oilers score with new hockey partnership

New multi-year sponsorship agreement announced

Thursday, 03.09.2009 / 7:54 PM / Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation
Oilers players (left to right) Tom Gilbert, Jason Strudwick, Steve Staios and Fernando Pisani pose as TELUS donates $25,000 to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation to support their work with Boys and Girls Clubs of Edmonton (photo: Dylan Lynch/EOHC).
Edmonton, AB – TELUS today announced it has entered into a multi-year, multi-million dollar sponsorship of the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club. The new partnership kicks off the Oilers' 2009/2010 hockey season.

“It's an important day for us to announce TELUS, one of Canada's most respected and community minded corporations, as our newest corporate partner,” said Oilers president and CEO Patrick LaForge. “TELUS has been a vital part of Edmonton and Canada for many years, and we know each other very well. They are leaders in everything they do and we are proud to have them on our team.”

The TELUS partnership with the Edmonton Oilers includes a number of exciting events throughout the season designed to bring fans of all ages attending games and watching at home on TELUS TV closer to the action.

“We have 3,200 TELUS team members in Edmonton and when we cheer for our Oilers, you're going to know that we are part of the team,” said Karen Radford, president of TELUS Business Solutions. “TELUS will bring fans in Edmonton closer to the action. When fans come to watch the Oilers play, they will know TELUS is there every step of the way. We care about the community, we are passionate about innovation and we're excited about our partnership with the Oilers.”

To celebrate this new partnership, TELUS also announced it is donating $25,000 to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation to support their work with Boys and Girls Clubs of Edmonton.

“We feel honoured that Boys and Girls Clubs of Edmonton has been selected as the site for this Edmonton Oilers sponsorship announcement and we are thankful for the $25,000 gift from TELUS and the Edmonton Oilers Foundation in celebration of their partnership agreement,” said Ross Tyson, executive director of Boys and Girls Clubs of Edmonton. “These funds will be used to continue our Cool Moves programming for children, youth and families in our nine community based clubs. Thank you to TELUS and the Edmonton Oilers for their ongoing support of our Agency.”

Among a number of planned philanthropic initiatives throughout the 2009/2010 season, TELUS will also bring the youth from Boys and Girls Clubs closer to the action by donating the use of the TELUS suite in Rexall Place for several Oilers home games.

“At TELUS we give where we live, and we are proud to support our community and do what we can to ensure our children lead happy, healthy lives,” said Radford. “We are thrilled our $25,000 donation to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation will assist Boys and Girls Clubs of Edmonton connect with Edmonton youth as they work tirelessly to help the future leaders of our community reach their fullest potential.”


About the Boys and Girls Clubs of Edmonton
At Boys & Girls Clubs of Edmonton, we concentrate on kids. We recognize that every young person has the ability and potential to fulfill their wants and dreams, however, many kids do not see this potential in themselves. Environments of mistrust, abuse, and poverty are a reality for many kids today. That's why Boys & Girls Clubs of Edmonton is so important. We have been providing children and youth with valuable services that encourage a healthy and self-supported life style since 1962. Currently Boys & Girls Clubs of Edmonton operates six full time and three part time clubs in Edmonton. These clubs service over 5,000 young people each year. Many kids rely on our clubs as a safe place if they are in trouble, a place where they can eat a nutritious meal, and a place where they can just be comfortable being a kid, make friends, and have fun.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Edmonton involve kids in activities that stimulate and challenge their minds, body, and spirit. We encourage and motivate them to do their best in all that they do, by providing positive role models amongst our staff and volunteers. Boys & Girls Clubs of Edmonton provides an atmosphere for young people that lead them toward a more independent, gratifying, and fruitful life.

About the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation
The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation was created in 2001 to further extend the Oilers legacy of giving back to its fans and communities. Each season the Foundation runs a variety of programs at Oilers games to raise funds which are distributed to local charitable organizations. The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation is proud to have a dedicated group of community leaders on their Board of Directors; Board members include Sam Abouhassan, Linda Banister, Michael Bobroff, Denise Carpenter, Colin Eicher, Doug Goss, QC (Chair), Patrick LaForge, Kevin Lowe, Bruno Muller, Terry O'Flynn, Heidi Pisani, Doug Rutherford, Bruce Saville and Natalie Minckler (Executive Director). For more information about the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation and their initiatives, please visit www.oilersfoundation.ca.

About TELUS
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.7 billion of annual revenue and 11.8 million customer connections including 6.3 million wireless subscribers, 4.1 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and more than 100,000 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 have contributed $137 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 2.6 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
Established in 2001, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) continues the Oilers legacy of giving back by contributing its unique resources and financial support to charitable organizations that serve the communities of Northern Alberta.  Led by a dedicated community Board of Directors, the EOCF has developed a number of programs and partnerships that target those who need it most.

The EOCF raises its funds through a variety of fundraising initiatives that take place during Oilers home games and the generous contributions of Oilers fans and friends.

The Foundation gives back in excess of $1 million annually to charitable organizations registered with Revenue Canada whose programs support education and health and wellness for youth throughout Oil Country.
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