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This holiday season warm the heart by helping someone in need through Phones for a Fresh Start

This holiday season warm the heart by helping someone in need through Phones for a Fresh Start

December 3, 2019

The holidays are meant to be the happiest time of the year, but for those living under the threat of domestic violence it can be one of the most stressful. As stress levels rise so do the excuses for violence.

The threat of domestic violence still looms too large in Canada. And for those finally able to break free from the cycle and get help, it can be a daunting task to pick up the pieces and get their life moving in a healthy and happy direction again.

“Domestic violence is absolutely unacceptable and we need to do everything that we can to support survivors,” said the Honourable Don Morgan, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. “Phones for a Fresh Start is the type of program that provides one more tool to survivors of domestic violence to help them move on with their lives .”

In its eleventh year of operation, the program provides free access to cellular services for those fleeing domestic violence through one of 22 Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS) associated transition house or shelter.

“A cellphone is more than an entertainment device or portal to the internet; it’s a critical communications tool that many of us seem to take for granted these days,” said, Doug Burnett, SaskTel President and CEO. “But, for someone fleeing with little, or who has never been allowed control of their own communications devices, these services can be critical to helping them recover their confidence and take back control over their lives.”

To fund the program, SaskTel takes donations of unwanted cellular devices, batteries and accessories and recycles them through an external recycling company. The proceeds from the recycling are returned to SaskTel where they can then be used to purchase new cellphones and prepaid phonecards for donation to PATHS.

Since its inception in 2009, Phones for a Fresh Start has recycled close to 120,000 cellular phones and accessories, allowing SaskTel to donate $89,000 of pre-paid phone cards and over 3,500 new cellphones to PATHS associated transition houses and shelters.

“The giving nature of Saskatchewan has really shown through over the past 11 years and it’s clear that people in this province have big hearts.” said Crystal Giesbrecht, PATHS Director of Research and Communications. “We can’t thank them enough for their donations over the years and we hope that over this holiday season while people look to upgrade their cellphones they consider donating their old one and help someone in need off to a truly fresh start!”

Donating to Phones for a Fresh Start is simple. Cellphones, their batteries and accessories can be donated at the Phones for a Fresh Start drop off bin located at all SaskTel Stores or your nearest Authorized Dealer.

Alternatively, for those who may not have an older device available to donate but still wish to help support of victims of domestic violence, you can make financial donations directly to PATHS by visiting their donation information page.

About SaskTel

SaskTel is the leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) provider in Saskatchewan, with over $1.2 billion in annual revenue and approximately 1.35 million customer connections including 617,000 wireless accesses, 320,000 wireline network accesses, 283,000 internet accesses and 112,000 maxTV™ subscribers. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries offer a wide range of ICT products and services including competitive voice, data and Internet services, wireless data services, maxTV services, data centre services, cloud-based services, security monitoring services, advertising services, and international software and consulting services. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 3,700 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs). Visit SaskTel at

For more information, please contact:
Tim Jones, SaskTel External Communications Manager
Phone: 306.550.5182