TELUS honors seven young leaders in first Friendly Future Makers Awards


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Recipients each receive a $7,000 award and were identified through a national call to nominate young people who are creating lasting change in their communities

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, TELUS announced the recipients of the Future Creator Friendly Awards, recognizing and celebrating young Canadians who are creating lasting change in their communities. The Future Creator Friendly Awards are inspired by TELUS’ longstanding brand promise, Let’s make the future friendly. This year’s recipients were identified following a national call that invited Canadians to nominate a friendly future-maker in their life who is doing amazing things in their local community. Each recipient will each receive a prize package worth $7,000, including $5,000 to help fund their initiatives or to invest in a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP), a $1 TELUS gift card $000 and a $1,000 donation to a registered charity of their choice.

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During the months of August and September, TELUS received hundreds of nominations from across the country. A panel of TELUS judges selected seven Friendly Future Makers, each representing one of TELUS’ areas of social activity and driving the TELUS brand. Join TELUS in congratulating this year’s winners:

  • community builder Adara Hagman, Ont. : Adara Hagman is the co-creator of Chill Pill, a safe and supportive community for women and non-binary Gen Z to discuss mental health. Hagman also builds Gloclo – a clothing sharing platform aimed at reducing waste by promoting circular fashion, creating a more circular future.
  • hunger heroesGeorgia Apostolopoulos, Ont. : Georgia is the founder of Bank on Bellies, a non-profit organization that partners with schools, local businesses and corporations to help support local food drives in the Greater Toronto Area. To date, she has raised 14,700 food items and $31,791 for local food banks.
  • Health and wellness help Athena Woodford, NS : Athena raises awareness of the problem of sexual assault and sex trafficking, helping to build healthier communities. With the support of their peers, Woodford speaks out about the issue in local schools and sells merchandise to raise money for Action Canada, a sexual rights and health advocacy organization.
  • planet protector Aryan Gautam, Ontario: Aryan is the youngest member of several boards, including the Ontario Nature Youth Council and the youth director of Mississauga Climate Action, and has dedicated over 10,000 volunteer hours to date, raising awareness of climate change, philanthropy and environmentalism.
  • Connection activatorKeeya Beausoleil, AB: Keeya is the founder of a non-profit organization, Out of sight, in mindan initiative to design a durable and practical storage cart for Edmontonians experiencing homelessness through inclusive design and risk reduction.
  • Future Friendly Maker Austin Ma, BC: Austin is co-founder of the Coding Pals Foundation, a non-profit organization that has taught over 1,600 children to code since its founding in March 2020. Coding Pals continues to be the only non-profit organization in Vancouver that offers free computer programming courses. Today, Austin leads a team of more than 20 high school students, managing dozens of rewarding programs throughout the year.
  • Future Friendly Maker Juliette Decarie, QC: Juliette is a committed ambassador for the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation, which aims to foster an inclusive community that celebrates physical, psychological, cultural and sexual differences on social media. On October 1, Juliette began her fundraising journey with a goal of raising $10,000 for the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation and embarked on a half-marathon, covering 22 km between Laval and Montreal.

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“With the Friendly Future Makers Awards, we celebrate inspiring young leaders who are making a meaningful impact today and helping to shape the world we will live in tomorrow,” said Jill Schnarr, Chief Social Innovation and Communications Officer, TELUS. “This award demonstrates the power that imagination and innovation can unlock when young people are empowered to realize their full potential. Whether it’s giving back to their communities, caring for the health and well-being of our planet, or helping to feed those in need, it’s inspiring to see how many young Canadians are getting involved. to help make the future friendly. We would like to thank everyone who participated and wish all winners of the Friendly Future Makers Awards heartfelt congratulations.

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“While change can be brought about by the influence of a single person, it takes a community to support that change and have a bigger, ongoing impact,” said Georgia Apostolopoulos, Friendly Future Maker, Hunger Hero. “TELUS recognizes this and strengthens leadership and initiatives like mine. I am grateful and honored to have been thought of and selected as a Friendly Future Maker. This recognition not only supports my goals and accomplishments, but it celebrates the important message from my community, that kindness feeds bellies.

To learn more about TELUS’ future friendly creators and the difference they’re making, visit

TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a dynamic, leading communications technology company with $17 billion in annual revenue and 17 million customer connections spanning wireless, data, IP , voice, television, entertainment, video and security. Our social purpose is to leverage our advanced technology and compassion to drive social change and enable remarkable human results. Our long-standing commitment to putting our customers first fuels every aspect of our business, making us a distinct leader in customer service excellence and loyalty. The many sustained accolades TELUS has received over the years from leading independent network intelligence companies are a testament to the strength and speed of TELUS’ world-class networks, reinforcing our commitment to providing Canadians access to superior technology that connects us to people. , resources and information that improve our lives.

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Operating in 28 countries around the world, TELUS International (TSX and NYSE: TIXT) is a leading digital customer experience innovator that designs, builds and delivers next-generation solutions, including AI and content moderation, for global and disruptive brands in high growth verticals, including tech and gaming, communications and media, e-commerce and fintech.

TELUS Health is a global healthcare company that provides preventive healthcare and wellness solutions for employees and family. Our TELUS team, along with our 100,000 healthcare professionals, leverage the combination of TELUS’ strong digital and data analytics capabilities with our unparalleled customer service to dramatically improve curative, preventative and mental health outcomes. for more than 50 million people, and growing, all over the world. world. As the largest provider of digital solutions and digital information of its kind, TELUS Agriculture and Consumer Goods enables efficient and sustainable production from seed to store, helping to improve the safety and quality of food and other goods in a traceable manner to end consumers.

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Driven by our determination and vision to connect all citizens for good, our deeply meaningful and enduring philosophy of giving where we live has inspired TELUS, our team members and our retirees to contribute more than $900 million, in cash, in-kind, time and 1.8 million days of service since 2000. This unprecedented generosity and unparalleled volunteerism has made TELUS the most generous company in the world. Together, let’s make the future friendly.

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