THUNDER BAY – “One of Tbaytel’s primary corporate directions is to invest in innovation and to provide support to the people and organizations who help to build strong, healthy and vibrant communities,” says Tbaytel president and CEO Dan Topatigh. “We are very excited to be introducing Tbaytel for Good because it is a program that will give us an excellent sense of where the need for support exists as well as what really matters to the people who live and work where we do.”
Tbaytel is looking to the community for ideas to help create positive change in the neighbourhoods it serves. Earlier today Tbaytel officially launched Tbaytel for Good, a new community giving program that encourages non-profit organizations and community groups to submit ideas that will positively impact their communities.
Program entrants can submit their good ideas online at tbaytelforgood.net. The public will then be given the opportunity to vote for their favourites and use social media to share and promote them with their friends. The top six ideas, based on public voting and a Tbaytel for Good judging panel, will be awarded prizes totaling $15,000 per campaign to help turn their good ideas into reality.
The year-long program is broken into four seasonal campaigns, each with a different focus, starting with education for the fall season. The winter campaign will welcome idea submissions with a focus on sports and recreation, spring with an environmental focus and summer with a focus on the arts.
The grand prize winner will receive $5,000 to help bring the top idea to life and the five semi-finalists will each receive $2,000 to fund their projects or programs. The Tbaytel for Good winners for the education campaign will be announced on Dec. 12, 2013 and idea submission for sports and recreation will begin on Jan. 6, 2013.
“We wanted to make the program as inclusive as possible and encourage those organizations that might not normally apply for support through Tbaytel’s sponsorship program to submit their great ideas,” adds Topatigh. “The impact of social media in connecting people around the world is truly remarkable and it is our hope that we can use social media as a tool to effect positive change and make a real difference right here in northern Ontario.”