BMO Financial Group steps forward as presenting sponsor of the 2013 Walk so Kids Can Talk in support of Kids Help Phone

BMO Financial Group steps forward as presenting sponsor of the 2013 Walk so 
Kids Can Talk in support of Kids Help Phone 
Canada's largest walk to support of child and youth mental health and 
well-being will be held in more than 30 communities across Canada on Sunday, 
May 5th, 2013 
TORONTO, March 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Kids Help Phone is pleased to announce BMO 
Financial Group as the new presenting sponsor of the Walk so Kids Can Talk - 
Canada's largest walk in support of child and youth mental health and 
well-being - as it joins the marquee fundraising event's existing roster of 
caring and dedicated corporate supporters. 
"This partnership is wonderful news and a real milestone in our longstanding 
relationship with BMO," says Sharon Wood, President and CEO, Kids Help Phone. 
"We're excited about welcoming BMO employees to this extraordinary Walk so 
Kids Can Talk campaign benefitting the young people who contact us every day, 
reaching out for critical mental health support. We feel privileged to share 
our vision of healthy communities with BMO, and to step forward as one 
community for one cause - kids." 
"The bank couldn't be more proud to be the presenting sponsor of Walk so Kids 
Can Talk in support of Kids Help Phone, an organization that BMO and its 
employees have long and enthusiastically supported -- as one of its founding 
partners," said Bill Downe, President and Chief Executive Officer, BMO 
Financial Group. "We care about kids, and as part of our broadened 
partnership, this walk will see BMO employees right across Canada join 
together with their families to have some fun, raise funds and do something 
important for young people." 
The Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO is a nationwide effort where 
thousands of kids, parents, educators, community members, and corporations 
come together to support the *6.5 million kids, teens and young adults in 
Canada who can benefit from Kids Help Phone's service. 
It takes many dedicated individuals and organizations to make this important 
campaign possible, and Kids Help Phone would like to acknowledge, thank and 
celebrate its other 2013 national Walk corporate supporters and their 
National Sponsors: 
Air Miles LoyaltyOne, Parmalat Canada, Nestlé Canada 
Community Engagement Partners: 
Bell, Bell Aliant, Empire Theatres 
Media Partner: 
Bell Media 
"Partnership is essential so that Kids Help Phone can keep its promise to 'be 
there' for kids," says David Gray, Vice President, Marketing, Communications + 
Strategic Development, Kids Help Phone. "Our relationships with dedicated and 
passionate companies bring new ideas and critical funding, which help us 
ensure we continue being available to young people across Canada, offering 
support and hope whenever and however they need it. We are very fortunate to 
have all of the national, regional and community partners that we do, who make 
it possible for us to deliver our essential service." 
As one of Kids Help Phone's founding partners, BMO Financial Group has been 
working with Kids Help Phone since 1989, offering support that has been 
critical for several generations of young people across Canada. As the 
presenting sponsor of the Walk so Kids Can Talk, BMO's enhanced commitment to 
Kids Help Phone means that BMO employees across the country will be bringing 
out their walking shoes, along with their dedication to young people's 
well-being on Sunday May 5, 2013. 
Please visit for more details about this important 
campaign, and to register as a 2013 Walk participant. 
* Source: Represents the number of Canadians from 5 to 20 (the age group Kids 
Help Phone serves) according to Statistics Canada, CANSIM, table 051-0001. 
Last modified: 2012-09-27. 
About Us:
Kids Help Phone is a Canadian and world leader, known for our expertise in 
providing vital, innovative, and professional counselling services to children 
and youth. Since 1989 we have offered children, teens and young adults in 
Canada a critical lifeline of hope and support, through our free, anonymous 
and confidential service. Our professional counsellors support the mental 
health and well-being of young people ages five to 20, in urban, rural, and 
remote communities, by providing one-on-one counselling, information and 
resources online and by phone. Our internationally recognized, award-winning 
websites are considered a model of child-focused interactive design, and offer 
online counselling forums and engaging, therapeutic games, tools and 
information to encourage resilience and self-care. A community-based national 
charity, Kids Help Phone receives no core government funding and relies on 
community and corporate support to keep our essential service available. We're 
available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in English and in French. 
To learn more about Kids Help Phone, please visit 
You can also find us at: 
Pascale Guillotte Director of Communications Kids Help Phone 416-581-8974 
1-800-268-3062 ext. 8974 
David Gray Vice President, Marketing, Communications + Strategic Development 
Kids Help Phone 416-581-8951 1-800-268-3062 ext. 8951 
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