Ottawa REDBLACKS and Telus team up to #EndBullying

Ottawa REDBLACKS players deliver free TELUS Wise workshops to students in grades 2-6, empowering kids to stay safe in our digital world.

Today, the Ottawa REDBLACKS announced their participation in the TELUS #EndBullying All-Stars anti-bullying program, which focuses on providing youth with the resources and skills to help them stay safe online and put an end to cyberbullying. The program will feature a series of appearances in local classrooms with REDBLACKS players presenting TELUS Wise workshops to students from grades 2 to 6.

The TELUS #EndBullying All-Stars program was developed, in partnership with TELUS Wise, to help educators, coaches, parents, and kids understand how to create a culture of respect and kindness on the field and online.

“It’s an honour to be associated with such an important program,” said Alex Mateas, Offensive Lineman, one of several REDBLACKS’ players who have been trained as a TELUS #EndBullying All-Star Ambassador. “It’s such an insidious problem and it happens in every school across the country. Kids who are being bullied need to know that they are not alone. For every person that tries to break you, there’s somebody else who’s got your back. The fight to end all forms of bullying, on and offline, is a team sport.”

Introduced in 2013, TELUS Wise, an industry-leading educational digital literacy program, offers free informative workshops and resources to help Canadians of all ages have a positive experience as digital citizens. TELUS Wise workshops and resources cover topics including protecting your online security, privacy, and reputation, rising above online bullying, and using technology responsibly.

“Cyberbullying affects more than one million Canadian youth every month. As a world-leading technology company and one of the most giving companies in the world, TELUS believes it has a responsibility to help solve the crucial issue of cyberbullying,” said TELUS Wise Director, Nimmi Kanji. “To date, TELUS has reached over 245,000 Canadians through its TELUS Wise workshops and invested more than $205 million in educational programs to promote safe and kind behaviour online. Partnering with the Ottawa REDBLACKS helps us expand our reach and share important messages about positive digital citizenship with youth,” continued Kanji.

Alex Mateas will conduct his first workshop at St. Isidore Elementary School in Kanata on Nov. 22, 2019.

To learn more about TELUS Wise visit telus.com/wise, and to learn more about the REDBLACKS involvement in the #EndBullying All-Stars program, click here.

About TELUS
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a dynamic, world-leading communications and information technology company with $14.6 billion in annual revenue and 14.5 million customer connections spanning wireless, data, IP, voice, television, entertainment, video and security. We leverage our global-leading technology to enable remarkable human outcomes. Our longstanding commitment to putting our customers first fuels every aspect of our business, making us a distinct leader in customer service excellence and loyalty. TELUS Health is Canada’s largest healthcare IT provider, and TELUS International delivers the most innovative business process solutions to some of the world’s most established brands.

Driven by our passionate social purpose to connect all Canadians for good, our deeply meaningful and enduring philosophy to give where we live has inspired our team members and retirees to contribute more than $700 million and 1.3 million days of service since 2000. This unprecedented generosity and unparalleled volunteerism have made TELUS the most giving company in the world.

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