Boucherville (Québec), November 15, 2016 – Uni-Select Inc. (TSX: UNS) (“Uni-Select” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce that the Corporation (through its Bumper to Bumper member in Fort McMurray) and the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA) High Fives for Kids Foundation have decided to team up to support the Justin Slade Youth Foundation (JSYF), a registered non-profit organization based in Fort McMurray. This foundation provides youth ages 12-17 with organized programs, community engagement and a casual drop-in centre that promotes valuable opportunities for social interaction.
Due to the wildfires that struck the Fort McMurray community in May 2016, the Justin Slade Youth Foundation was forced to cancel its Annual Golf Tournament and Silent Auction that takes place at MacDonald Island Golf Course every June in Fort McMurray. This fundraiser is a major component of their revenue, helping the foundation to continue to offer their programming free of charge to any and all youth who walk through their doors.
To make sure that the Justin Slade Youth Foundation can pursue its activities and continue to help and support kids within the Fort McMurray area, Uni-Select, Bumper to Bumper and the High Fives for Kids Foundation will be presenting a cheque to the JSYF for over $30,000.
“The youth of today will shape the country of tomorrow, therefore it is our duty to offer our support by providing them with the resources we have at our disposal. Contributing to the communities where our team members live, work and serve customers is central to the way we do business. When our local Bumper to Bumper member asked us to contribute financially to this great foundation, we immediately said yes. That, to me, was a no-brainer,” stated Gary O’Connor, President and Chief Operating Officer, Uni-Select Canada.
"When Uni-Select Inc. requested additional financial support from the High Fives for Kids Foundation for the Justin Slade Youth Foundation in Fort McMurray, there was no hesitation from the Foundation to help these kids in need. Knowing the devastation of the region after the wildfires as well as the set back the Justin Slade Youth Foundation realized in their annual fundraising initiatives, the High Fives for Kids Foundation was pleased to assist in keeping the “Kids” in Fort McMurray active and engaged in their community,” stated Ken Coulter, Honorary Chairman of the High Fives for Kids Foundation.
Congratulations to Uni-Select Inc., Bumper to Bumper and AIA Canada members in the Prairies for doing a "Good Thing" for the kids in the Fort McMurray area. As stated on the Justin Slade Youth Foundation website -- There is value in everyone’s contribution,” added Ken Coulter.
Uni-Select is a leader in the distribution of automotive refinish and industrial paint and related products in North America, as well as a leader in the automotive aftermarket parts business in Canada. In Canada, Uni-Select supports over 3,900 automotive repair and collision repair shops through a growing national network of more than 1,150 independent customers and corporate stores, many of which operating under Uni-Select store banner programs, Bumper to Bumper®, Auto Parts Plus® and FinishMaster®. In the United States, Uni-Select, through its wholly-owned subsidiary FinishMaster, Inc., operates a national network of automotive refinish corporate stores under the FinishMaster banner and supports more than 6,000 collision repair centre customers. Uni-Select is headquartered in Boucherville, Québec, Canada, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol UNS.
About High Fives for Kids Foundation
The High Fives for Kids Foundation was established in 2005 to assist AIA Canada members and divisions across Canada in their efforts to support charities that benefit children and youth. The Foundation offers members the opportunity to have a greater impact in their own communities by providing grants, scholarships and donations that address local needs.
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