Telus might be a national telecom services company, but its philosophy is to “give where we live by using the power of technology and communications to improve people’s lives in our local communities.”
Through its community boards, decision-making is put in the hands of local leaders who know their communities best.
The Telus Ottawa Community Board was formed in 2005. Since then, it has contributed more than $4.7 million to grassroots charitable organizations that have supported 320 community projects in the National Capital Region.
Chaired by Jim Orban and driven by other community leaders such as police chief Charles Bordeleau and former Community Foundation of Ottawa CEO Barbara McInnes, the board is particularly focused on the issues facing youth in the Ottawa region.
Recent initiatives include $35,000 in funding for the Youville Centre, which works to motivate, educate and nurture young mothers and their children, $130,000 in total contributions to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and $20,000 to the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre.
It’s a track record that Telus is committed to sustaining by engaging current employees and retirees with structured volunteer and donation opportunities to help make a positive difference in their communities. This includes the annualTelus Days of Giving campaign.
Since 2000, Telus, its employees and retirees have contributed more than $71 million and 470,000 volunteer hours to charitable and community organizations throughout Ontario. Ottawa’s share of that amounts to an impressive $14.5 million and more than 50,000 volunteer hours.