TELUS honoured with the Award for Philanthropic Company of the Year

TELUS honoured with the Award for Philanthropic Company of the Year 
TELUS becomes the first company to be recognized by AFP-Quebec Chapter 
An 85-year history of innovation in support of Quebec communities 
MONTREAL, Nov. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - TELUS has become the first organization to be 
named Philanthropic Company of the Year by the Association of Fundraising 
Professionals-Quebec Chapter (AFP-QC). 
François Gratton, President of TELUS Quebec and TELUS Atlantic and Vice-Chair 
of the TELUS Montreal Community Board, will accept the honour on TELUS' 
behalf. The award will be presented on National Philanthropy Day today, when 
AFP-QC pays tribute to individuals and companies whose community engagement 
has a significant impact on Quebec society. TELUS was nominated by The 
Lighthouse Children and Families. 
"TELUS plays an invaluable role in the development of a culture of 
philanthropy in Quebec. The company serves as an international benchmark in 
community investment, and we are delighted to honour this unwavering 
commitment by bestowing on TELUS our very first annual Award for Philanthropic 
Company of the Year," said AFP-QC President Susan Reitz. "We hope this 
recognition will inspire new and innovative philanthropic projects." 
Since 2000, the TELUS team has donated more than $300 million to numerous 
charitable and not-for-profit organizations across the country and has 
volunteered in excess of 4.7 million hours of service to local communities. 
Last year, in Quebec alone, the company donated more than $5 million to dozens 
of organizations, including Opération Enfant Soleil, the Association du 
cancer de l'Est du Québec, The Lighthouse Children and Families and the 
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. These efforts were previously 
recognized in 2010 when the Association of Fundraising Professionals presented 
TELUS with the international Freeman Philanthropic Services Award for 
Outstanding Corporation. 
"Our community strategy is driven by the same philosophy that is the fibre of 
our corporate DNA: We give where we live. We firmly believe that to succeed in 
business we must actively contribute to the welfare of the communities in 
which we operate," said Mr. Gratton. "We are deeply honoured to receive this 
award from the AFP-QC, which we share with our 5,500 team members in Quebec, 
many of whom are dedicated volunteers, as well as with our customers, whose 
unwavering confidence has been key to the extent to which we have been able to 
give back to our communities." 
Honouring its dedicated team members
A key aspect of TELUS's philanthropic initiatives is the collaborative 
involvement of its employees and retirees. TELUS engages its team members and 
encourages volunteerism through a variety of programs, specifically by 
matching employee donations to registered charities. Moreover, current and 
retired team members who contribute a minimum of 50hours of volunteer 
service may request a $200 corporate donation to the charitable organization 
of their choice. Each year, the company organizes the TELUS Day of Giving, on 
which more than 12,000 individuals across the country roll up their sleeves 
and actively support a wide range of local community initiatives. The annual 
TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes is also the signature fundraising event for the 
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). This year, more than 4,200 TELUS 
team members, family and friends participated with thousands of other 
Canadians. 
Coast-to-coast Community Board involvement
TELUS believes that the best approach to ensuring the welfare of our 
communities is to put decision-making in the hands of local civic leaders. 
Accordingly, the company has created 11Community Boards across 
Canada—including three in Quebec—and three internationally that have 
contributed in excess of $30million to more than 2,800 community projects 
since 2005. Community Board members assess funding requests by prioritizing 
projects in the areas of health and wellness in our environment, education and 
sports, and arts and culture. More specifically, preference is given to 
projects that support young people, and demonstrate tangible technological or 
social innovation. 
Devices for the cause 
TELUS also applies innovative cause marketing initiatives that enable our 
customers to support local organizations when subscribing to Optik TV, or 
purchasing smartphones and other devices. Through these campaigns, TELUS has 
donated $10 million to 40 community projects since 2009, including $560,000 to 
Opération Enfant Soleil between 2010 and 2012, and $650,000 to the Nature 
Conservancy of Canada. 
About TELUS 
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company 
in Canada, with $10.8 billion of annual revenue and 13.0million customer 
connections including 7.6million wireless subscribers, 3.4million wireline 
network access lines, 1.3million Internet subscribers and more than 635,000 
TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, 
TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including 
wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and 
video. 
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members 
and retirees have contributed more than $260million to charitable and 
not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2million hours of service to 
local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS' 
local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most 
outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of 
Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this 
prestigious international recognition. 
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com. 
Jacinthe Beaulieu TELUS Media Relations 418-318-6102 
jacinthe.beaulieu@telus.com 
Image with caption: "TELUS was nominated as the Philanthropic Company of the 
Year by The Lighthouse Children and Families. In this photo: Bernard Lamarre, 
François Gratton (TELUS) and Lyse Lussier (The Lighthouse Children and 
Families) (CNW Group/TELUS Corporation)". Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121116_C8873_PHOTO_EN_20816.jpg 
Image with caption: "Each year, TELUS organizes the TELUS Day of Giving, on 
which more than 12,000 individuals across the country roll up their sleeves 
and actively support a wide range of local community initiatives. (CNW 
Group/TELUS Corporation)". Image available at:  
http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121116_C8873_PHOTO_EN_20812.jpg 
Image with caption: " TELUS applies innovative cause marketing initiatives 
that enable our customers to support local organizations when subscribing to 
Optik TV, or purchasing smartphones and other devices. Through these 
campaigns, TELUS has donated $560,000 to Opération Enfant Soleil between 2010 
and 2012. In this photo: Jean-François St-Germain (TELUS) and Ginette Charest 
(Opération Enfant Soleil).(CNW Group/TELUS Corporation)". Image available at: 
 http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121116_C8873_PHOTO_EN_20814.jpg 
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