“The award-winning SaskTel Pioneers have been serving Saskatchewan communities since 1947,” said Don Morgan, Minister Responsible for SaskTel. “The SaskTel Pioneers provide an example to corporations and volunteer groups across the province of how to effectively use volunteerism to help improve the quality of life in Saskatchewan.”
“The SaskTel Pioneers are wonderful ambassadors for SaskTel across the province and internationally,” said Robert Watson, SaskTel President and CEO. “We’re very proud of the current and former employees who donate their time to help others and make a difference in their communities. Congratulations to all Pioneer members for another great year.”
“SaskTel Pioneer members can be very proud of these awards from our peers at the national and international levels,” said Raylene Wellman, President of the SaskTel Pioneers. “Our members volunteer throughout the year because we believe in serving the community, but it’s always gratifying to be recognized for our efforts.”
The SaskTel Pioneers won the following awards at the TelecomPioneers annual general meeting:
• International Chapter of Excellence Award (international level) for overall Pioneering excellence.
• International Community Impact Award (international level) for improving quality of life in Saskatchewan communities.
• Fundraising Excellence Award (international level).
• Education Excellence Award (international level).
• Canadian VP Award.
• Chapter of Excellence Award for overall Pioneering excellence.
• Canadian Community Impact Award for improving quality of life in Saskatchewan communities.
• 2 Canadian Fundraising Excellence Awards.
• 5 Project Gold Awards.
• 6 Heart of Pioneering Awards.
About the SaskTel Pioneers
The SaskTel Pioneers Chapter 59 (sasktelpioneers.com) is an award-winning chapter of the largest industry-based volunteer organization in North America. There are 4,700 members in Saskatchewan consisting of present and past SaskTel employees. Serving the province for 62 years, SaskTel Pioneers volunteer their time, talents, and skills for over 100 ongoing community projects every year. In 2009, the SaskTel Pioneers contributed over $200,000 in charitable donations and 68,000 hours of volunteer time.
TelecomPioneers is the largest industry-related volunteer organization in the world, with chapters located the United States and Canada. Founded in 1911, TelecomPioneers, formerly known as the Telephone Pioneers of America, is comprised of nearly 620,000 current and retired telecommunications employees who have joined together to make their communities better places in which to live and work.
Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation (SaskTel) is the leading full service communications provider in Saskatchewan, with $1.138 billion in annual revenue and over 1.3 million customer connections including over 510,000 wireless accesses, 555,000 wireline network accesses, 216,000 internet accesses and 76,000 Max™ (TV) subscribers. SaskTel (sasktel.com) offers a wide range of communications products and services including competitive voice, data, internet, entertainment, national security, messaging, cellular, wireless data and directory services. In addition, SaskTel International offers software solutions and project consulting in countries around the world. In 2008, SaskTel contributed over $610 million to the Saskatchewan economy through dollars spent with Saskatchewan-based suppliers and sponsorships to non-profit organizations. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 5,000 employees.