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Caring is sharing for SaskTel TelCare

Caring is sharing for SaskTel TelCare

January 21, 2020

SaskTel is no stranger to giving back to Saskatchewan, and with the announcement of SaskTel TelCare’s annual donations for 2019, its clear the tradition remains alive and well as the company welcomes the new year.

Employee driven, the SaskTel TelCare fund collects donations annually through a voluntary payroll deduction. This year, the program raised over $165,000 that when combined with SaskTel’s commitment to match 50 per cent of each donation, has allowed it to donate a total of nearly $248,000 to 70 charitable and non-profit organizations operating across Saskatchewan.

“People in this province are known for their generosity and over the years I’ve come to realize just how strongly the employees at SaskTel have embraced that spirit,” said Don Morgan, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. “It’s wonderful to see so many people give back year-after-year to help their communities be the best they can be by assisting some of the groups who work so hard to help make it happen.”

That giving spirit lies at the core of SaskTel TelCare and its guiding philosophy. With the support of management, the fund was founded by a group of like-minded employees who believed that by pooling their resources, they too could make a difference in peoples lives.

For the 800 employees enrolled in support of the fund, the power of coming together is truly on display. Their average donation of $206 per year, plus a matching donation of $103 per member courtesy of SaskTel, has allowed each of the nine TelCare districts to contribute much more that they may have otherwise been capable of on their own.

“Connection is ultimately about people joining together, and when they do there’s no end to the amazing things that can be accomplished” said Doug Burnett, SaskTel President and CEO. “Part of what makes me proud to work for a company like SaskTel is that the corporation and its employees have always embraced giving back to the communities we serve and I’m glad to say the same about our 2019.”

Organized into nine districts, SaskTel TelCare Committee members in each district nominate and then vote for the non-profit and charitable organizations that they wish to support in their home communities.

For many districts this meant showing support for local branches of national charities such as Diabetes Canada, provincial organizations like the Alzheimer’s Society of Saskatchewan, or home-grown organizations such as the Nipawin Handiworks.

For a complete listing of SaskTel TelCare donations by district and organization, please see the appendix below.

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 3,600 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs). Visit SaskTel at www.sasktel.com.

About SaskTel TelCare

SaskTel TelCare was founded in 1950 by a group of employees who shared the belief that together they could help improve the lives of those in need. Today, the employee benevolent fund assists numerous registered charities in Saskatchewan through the generous support of over 800 SaskTel employees. Thanks to SaskTel’s commitment to provide a top-up donation of $0.50 for every $1 donated by its employees, the positive impact of their generosity can be felt in every corner of the province. Since 2013, SaskTel TelCare has donated more than $1.6 million to charities within the province. Visit the SaskTel TelCare homepage at www.sasktel.com/telcare

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APPENDIX 2019 TELCARE RECIPIENT ORGANIZATIONS BY DISTRICT

Regina District

SaskTel and TelCare members in Regina District donated a total of $129,123 to 22 charities in 2019.

The charitable organizations selected to receive support by the local TelCare membership are:

  • Allan Blair Cancer Centre
  • Antelope
  • American Sign Language
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (Sask Division)
  • Carmichael Outreach Inc.
  • Child Find Saskatchewan
  • Chris Knox Foundation
  • Crohn’s Colitis Foundation
  • Hospitals of Regina Foundation
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Kidney Foundation of Canada
  • Lung Association of Saskatchewan
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
  • Muscular Dystrophy Canada
  • North Central Family Centre (NCFC)
  • Oxford House
  • Regina Humane Society
  • Royal Canadian Legion – Branch 001
  • Saskatchewan Down Syndrome Society
  • South Sask Cystic Fibrosis Chapter
  • Teddy Bear’s Anonymous
  • The United Way

Saskatoon District

SaskTel and TelCare members in Saskatoon District donated a total of $64,650 to 23 charities in 2019.

The charitable organizations selected to receive support by the local TelCare membership are:

  • Allan Blair Cancer Centre
  • Arthritis Society (Sask Division)
  • Care Share
  • Child Youth Friendly Saskatoon
  • Child Find Saskatchewan
  • Chris Knox Foundation
  • Crohn’s Colitis Foundation
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Diabetes Canada
  • Dystonia North Saskatchewan
  • Hemophilia Saskatchewan
  • Humboldt District Hospital Foundation
  • Kidney Foundation of Canada
  • Lung Association of Saskatchewan
  • MADD Saskatoon
  • Muscular Dystrophy Canada
  • New Hope Dog Rescue
  • Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund
  • Salvation Army Community Services
  • Saskatchewan Deaf Hard of Hearing Services
  • Saskatoon Search Rescue Inc.
  • Teddy Bears Anonymous
  • The United Way

Estevan District

SaskTel and TelCare members in Estevan District donated a total of $7,200 to 5 charities in 2019.

The charitable organizations selected to receive support by the local TelCare membership are:

  • Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan      
  • Diabetes Canada
  • Estevan Day Care Cooperative
  • Kidney Foundation of Canada
  • Midale Central School

Moose Jaw District

SaskTel and TelCare members in Moose Jaw District donated a total of $2,587.50 to 4 charities in 2019.

The charitable organizations selected to receive support by the local TelCare membership are:

  • Diabetes Canada
  • Hunger in Moose Jaw
  • Moose Jaw and District Food Bank
  • Riverside Mission

North Battleford District

SaskTel and TelCare members in North Battleford District donated a total of $11,850 to 5 charities in 2019.

The charitable organizations selected to receive support by the local TelCare membership are:

  • Battlefords United Way
  • Kidney Foundation of Canada SK Branch
  • Lloydminster and District SPCA
  • Prairie Branches Enterprises Inc.
  • Meadow Lake and Area Early Childhood Services

Prince Albert District

SaskTel and TelCare members in Prince Albert District donated a total of $15,211.50 to 20 charities in 2019.

The charitable organizations selected to receive support by the local TelCare membership are:

  • Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan
  • Big Brothers Big Sister of Prince Albert
  • Children’s Haven
  • Diabetes Canada
  • Jubilation Residential Centres
  • Kidney Foundation of Canada
  • Lac La Ronge Food Bank Inc.
  • Lupus SK Society Inc.
  • Maude Burke School
  • Nipawin Handiworks
  • Prince Albert District Community Service
  • Prince Albert Literacy Network
  • Reynolds Central School
  • Royal Canadian Legion
  • Rose Garden Hospice
  • Scleroderma Association of Saskatchewan
  • Shellbrook First Responders
  • St. Mary’s Daycare Inc.
  • Star City School
  • Victoria Hospital Foundation

Swift Current District

SaskTel and TelCare members in Swift Current District donated a total of $7,350 to 7 charities in 2019.

The charitable organizations selected to receive support by the local TelCare membership are:

  • All Saints Catholic School Breakfast Club
  • Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan
  • Central School Breakfast Club
  • Saskatchewan Abilities Council – Swift Current
  • Swift Current SPCA
  • Swift Current Salvation Army
  • Southwest Crisis Services Inc.

Weyburn District

SaskTel and TelCare members in Weyburn District donated a total of $3,750 to 3 charities in 2019.

The charitable organizations selected to receive support by the local TelCare membership are:

  • Envision Counselling Support Services
  • Weyburn Care-A-Van Society
  • Weyburn Humane Society

Yorkton District

SaskTel and TelCare members in Yorkton District donated a total of $6,150 to 2 charities in 2019.

The charitable organizations selected to receive support by the local TelCare membership are:

  • Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan
  • The Kidney Foundation of Canada