Telus Donates $1.3 Million in COVID-19 Aid to Over 100 Non-Profits Across Canada

Telus Community Boards have donated over $1.3 million to non-profits across Canada to help cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

This week, Telus has provided emergency COVID-19 funding to 101 organizations, totalling $1,310,000 in donations, with more committed beyond this amount. A total extra of $3,135,000 is being committed for these non-profits for the rest of 2020.

Below is a roundup of all the Telus Community Board donations by city/area across Canada:

Greater Toronto Area: $175,000 donated; Extra $525,000 committed for 2020

  • The Leacock Foundation – technology and resources for economically-challenged families
  • Up With Women – resilience and safety webinars and remote coaching
  • Peel Children’s Aid – technology and resources for youth in care
  • Arts Etobicoke – arts in isolation through technology
  • Halton Industry Education Council – online career development program for students
  • Inner City Outreach – coding program for inner city youth
  • Junior Achievement Of Central Ontario – online business concepts and skills program
  • Vibe Arts – virtual delivery of Art Beats, a free music technology program
  • Best Buddies Of Canada – end bullying program for intellectual and developmental disabilities youth
  • Covenant House Toronto – mental health and addiction services for youth
  • Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto – Teen Doc Talk for survivors of cancer

Montreal: $130,000 donated; extra $470,000 committed for 2020

  • The Lighthouse Children and Families – emergency Fund to provide pediatric palliative care through telemedicine
  • The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada – emergency support for youth with blood cancer
  • Maison des petits tournesols – online and virtual support services to grieving youth
  • Fraser Hickson – virtual workshops and training for the “minibiblioPLUS” program
  • Les Amis de la montagne – mental health and well -being program through nature outings
  • L’Appart à moi – food safety and cooking workshops for young adults with intellectual disabilities
  • School board of the Vallée-des-Tisserands – funding for bike desks for youth with ADHD
  • Fondation du Centre de répit Saint-Louis – funding of a multisensory room
  • Projet Équestre Goldie – ramp for disabled youth to access therapeutic horse riding sessions
  • La Rencontre Théâtre-Ados – drama and film program for immigrant and newcomer youth

Quebec City: $135,000 donated; extra $265,000 committed for 2020

  • CERVO Foundation – meal service for people affected by a neurological disease, mental illness or addiction.
  • Family resources the old Montmorency barracks – program for distributing food and prepaid cards to help families affected by the pandemic during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Social Paediatrics Center of Lévis – mental health support program during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Beauce School of Entrepreneurship – botanical program for young people.
  • Village Monde Foundation – virtual exploration workshops and videos on the history of local communities.
  • Productions Plateforme – guided tours of sound installations at the cutting edge of technology.
  • Le Lemplis Springboard – program of educational workshops for young people.
  • Les Violons du Roy – workshops dedicated to young people at risk so that they can learn to play an instrument.
  • Association YWCA de Québec – music camp for young girls of non-conforming gender.
  • Le Coeur à lire – literacy and healthy lifestyle program for young people.
  • Sustainable transport access – technology communication program for young people.
  • Renaissance Association of Head Traumatized People of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean – workshops for young people who have suffered brain injuries.
  • White Cross Social Center – activities for homeless young people and those living with addiction.
  • The Dr Clown Foundation – extension of the Dr Clown program for hospitalized pediatric patients.
  • Fondation Santé Beauce-Etchemin – opening of a room adapted for young people suffering from delays in physical development.
  • Fondation Sourdine – educational program adapted for hearing-impaired children.
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Lac-Saint-Jean Nord – mentoring program for young girls.
  • La Rencontre – youth program related to stress and anxiety management.
  • Solidarité Sainte-Ursule – gardening workshops for vulnerable young people.

Thompson Okanagan (B.C.): $100,000 donated; extra $115,000 committed for 2020

  • Aquaforum – to support an online science and technology education program
  • Auxiliary to the Penticton Hospital Society – to support a food security  program
  • Big Little Science Centre – to support online coding, robotics and film making
  • Boys and Girls Club of Kamloops – to support virtual homework assistance and food security
  • Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society – to support leadership and healthy relationships programs for boys
  • Elephant Thoughts Educational Outreach – to support a virtual Indigenous science program
  • Kamloops – Cariboo Regional Immigrants Society – to support a program for newcomer youth to help with community integration
  • Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs – to support a food security and support program for marginalized youth
  • Vernon Science and Discovery Society – to support a virtual space experience program

Victoria (B.C.): $115,000 donated; extra $215,000 committed for 2020

  • Frontier College Indigenous Programs – to support Indigenous health and education programs for the Pacheedaht and T’Sou-ke First Nations
  • Greater Victoria Volunteer Society – to support a virtual volunteer program for youth with disabilities
  • Growing Chefs Society – to support food security and literacy programs
  • Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary – to support COVID-19 outreach program
  • The Garth Homer Society – to support an employment program for students with learning and/or developmental disabilities
  • The Verna J Kirkness Education Foundation – to support the Science and Engineering Education Program
  • Victoria Compost and Conversation Education Society – to support online school programming
  • Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society – to support the COVID-19 Technology and Food Security program
  • YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island – to support the Young Moms and Youth Apartment Supported Housing throughout the pandemic

Vancouver: $200,000 donated; extra $600,000 committed for 2020

  • Abbotsford Hospice Society – to support a children and youth grief program
  • African Stages Association – to support the African Stages Digital Literacy Project
  • Aunt Leah’s Place – to support virtual crisis counselling for marginalized youth
  • Avalon Women’s Centres –  to provide virtual counselling and support to women living with domestic abuse and violence
  • Atira Women’s Resource Centre – to provide virtual counselling and support to women living with domestic abuse and violence
  • BeaYOUtiful Foundation – to support the development of a virtual program
  • Dan’s Legacy Foundation – to support indigenous youth counselling services
  • District of West Vancouver – to support the emergency crisis response
  • Hollyburn Family Services Society – to keep the facilities operational
  • Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) – to create a virtual youth community placement program
  • Southlands Therapeutic Riding Society – for the creation of an emergency facility fund
  • Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports – to create a digital tutoring program
  • Vancouver Urban Ministries  – to provide iPads to low-income families to enable distance learning
  • Young Entrepreneur Leadership Launchpad (YELL) – to support the creation of a virtual school program

Ottawa: $150,000 donated; extra $250,000 committed for 2020

  • Lotus Centre For Special Music Education – support for virtual adapted summer music camp
  • The Salvation Army Ottawa Bethany Hope Centre – emergency supplies for at-risk youth and new virtual outreach
  • University Of Ottawa – new virtual delivery of robotics and VR workshops for at-risk youth
  • Ten Oaks Project – creation of stay-at-home weekday family online camp program
  • CHEO – Canadian-made robotic gait walker that helps children with severe physical impairments the opportunity to experience walking
  • Education Foundation of Niagara – Computers4Change tech provided to youth for home-based learning
  • Oneness – World Communications – giving voice to children and youth
  • Ottawa Riverkeeper – online youth Water Leaders Program

Last Friday, Telus announced its community boards in Edmonton and Calgary also made donations to non-profits for COVID-19 relief.

Edmonton: $165,000 donated; extra $335,000 committed for 2020

  • Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area Society – food security and supports for vulnerable youth
  • Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers – youth and family services accessibility programming
  • Gordon Russell’s Crystal Kids Youth Centre – food and services support for at-risk youth
  • YMCA of Northern Alberta – providing virtual education outreach supports for at-risk youth
  • Basically Babies – layette outreach program for vulnerable mothers
  • The Arthritis Society  virtual program supports delivery for youth
  • Arts on the Ave Edmonton Society – food security assistance for Indigenous and newcomer families
  • Edmonton Space Sciences Foundation – online science programming
  • Getting Ready for Inclusion Today (The GRIT Program) Society of Edmonton – specialized services support for youth with complex disabilities
  • The Good Samaritan Society – specialized therapy delivery for isolated severely disabled youth
  • Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Northern Alberta – emergency needs relief fund
  • Sport Central Association – virtual application outreach to low income families

Calgary: $140,000 donated; extra $360,000 committed for 2020

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary – food security program and assistance to at risk youth
  • Calgary Distress Centre – provides 24/7 support for distressed Calgarians;including youth
  • Calgary Drop-In Centre – overnight shelter to safely house 3,000 homeless adults
  • Calgary Food Bank – deploying a drive-thru food process to align with safety guidelines
  • Children’s Cottage Society – a crisis nursery for at-risk families in distress
  • CUPS – provides free healthcare for 8,400 vulnerable citizens at inner-city medical clinic
  • Inn from the Cold – Calgary’s only family homeless shelter, billeting families through crisis
  • Native Counselling Services Alberta – offers local, no-cost services for Indigenous peoples
  • The Kerby Centre – a grocery delivery and prescription refill program for isolated seniors

Yesterday, Telus announced it was donating over 10,000 free mobile devices with free plans to help isolated seniors, hospitalized COVID-19 patients and vulnerable Canadians stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company’s CEO has also donated three months of his salary to healthcare workers fighting COVID-19.

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