Kia Canada Inc. announces second annual Drive Change Day regional winners

Kia Canada Inc. announces second annual Drive Change Day regional winners 

    --  Contest continues to be an integral part of annual Drive Change
        Day campaign
    --  Canadians were encouraged to nominate charitable organizations
        that execute ground-breaking initiatives
    --  Four regional winners selected, from over 1,000 entries, will
        use Kia's financial contributions to support their causes

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - Kia Canada Inc. announced the four 
recipients of its second annual Drive Change Day contest winners today, 
awarding each regional charity $10,000. The charities were selected by 
committee from over 1,000 Canadian's submissions to Kia's Drive Change Day 
online hub at

In Atlantic Canada, $10,000 was presented to Parrsboro Youth Society (PYS), a 
non-profit organization established for youths, providing a free, safe place 
for them to socialize and have fun without the use of drugs or alcohol. Youth 
at PYS are welcomed to a bully-free environment that nurtures them on a path 
to success.

In Eastern Canada, Kia awarded $10,000 to "Seize your Future" 
(, a progressive initiative specially designed 
to help young women between the ages of 15 to 17 develop leadership skills, 
acquire decision making abilities and become leaders of tomorrow's society. 
The program aims to prepare a generation of strong, confident, and responsible 
female leaders.

Camp BUCKO (, a camp for burn survivors, was awarded 
the prize of $10,000 in Central Canada. Every summer boys and girls between 
the ages of seven and 17 have a chance to spend a week together with other 
burn survivors while participating in various sporting, arts and crafts 
activities. Camp BUCKO provides a safe and non-judgmental environment for 
children to enjoy a week of fun, excitement and memories that will last a 
lifetime as well as teaching leadership and life skills.

Wigs for Kids B.C. ( was presented Kia's Western 
Canada$10,000 prize, for their efforts in raising money to provide children 
who have lost their hair from cancer or other illnesses with wigs. The 
organization also provides essential medications and feeding supplies to 
children that are not covered by any other program.

"All four selected Canadian regional charities were well deserving of Kia's 
Drive Change awards," said Maria Soklis, Vice President and COO, Kia Canada 
Inc. "We had an overwhelming number of contest submissions, making our 
decision all the more difficult - however, the selected organizations offer a 
sincere commitment to their communities and are driven by compassion."

About Drive Change:
Drive Change is the social responsibility cornerstone of the Kia Canada brand. 
Conceived in 2010, Drive Change was developed to share Kia Canada's group 
commitment to social responsibility and communities across the country. Kia is 
committed to Drive Change and will continue its annual celebration in the 
spirit of giving back to communities across Canada.

Editor's note: For photos, please visit Kia Canada's Facebook page at, where a "2012 Drive Change winners / 
Gagnants de Dominer le changement" photo album has been created.

About Kia Canada Inc.:

Kia Canada Inc. ( - -- a maker of 
quality vehicles for the young-at-heart -- is a subsidiary of Kia Motors 
Corporation (KMC) which was founded in 1999 and sells and services high 
quality, class leading vehicles like the Soul, Forte, Optima and Sorento 
through a network of 180 dealers nationwide. Kia Canada Inc. employs 159 
people in its Mississauga, Ontario headquarters and four regional offices 
across Canada, with an all-new state-of-the-art facility to open in Montreal 
shortly. Kia's brand slogan -- "The Power to Surprise" -- represents the 
company's global commitment to surprise the world by providing exciting & 
inspiring experiences that go beyond expectations.

Kia Canada Inc. Media Contacts: Cathy Laroche Public Relations Manager (C): 

Daniel Ponzini Public Relations and Events Coordinator (O): 905.755.6415 (C): 

SOURCE: KIA Canada Inc.

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