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Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Vancouver and WestJet Offer Passports to Success

2008-07-25 08:30:00

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Vancouver and WestJet Offer Passports to Success

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Vancouver and WestJet Offer Passports to Success

Local Vancouver children will participate in airport tour

CALGARY, ALBERTA–(EMWNews – July 25, 2008) – Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and WestJet (TSX:WJA) today announced that children from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Vancouver will participate in their Passport to Success program on July 25, 2008.

Passport to Success offers young boys and girls from across Canada an inside look at how an airport works. The program helps them understand how the subjects they learn in school can lead to exciting career opportunities. Vancouver WestJetters will provide a behind the scenes tour of the Vancouver International Airport to approximately 12 local Boys and Girls Club children.

“WestJet is pleased to partner with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and to offer the Passport to Success program for the second year in a row,” says Richard Bartrem, WestJet Vice-President of Culture and Communications. “The Passport to Success partnership with WestJet Cares for Kids not only supports the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada through the gift of flight, but through WestJet’s caring culture at the local level by providing opportunities like these airport tours.”

“This is a one-of-a-kind experience for our members across the country to get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of an airport and explore potential career prospects,” said Pam Jolliffe, President and CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. “We are thankful to WestJet for their continued support and for providing the participating clubs with a unique opportunity.”

The Passport to Success partnership aims to provide Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada with WestJet volunteers, fund raising support through the gift of flight, and the opportunity to share the WestJet culture and the aviation industry with young Canadians. The Vancouver International Airport tour is one of 14 happening across Canada between July 21 and 28, 2008. In total, 150 children will participate in the 2008 Passport to Success program.

About WestJet

WestJet is Canada’s leading high-value low-cost airline offering scheduled service throughout its 49-city North American and Caribbean network. Named Canada’s most admired corporate culture in 2005, 2006 and 2007, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. WestJet offers increased legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of 75 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, and live seatback television provided by Bell ExpressVu. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 46 aircraft, bringing its fleet to 121 by 2013, WestJet strives to be the number one choice for travellers.

About Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Vancouver

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Vancouver is a member of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, a national movement of clubs with 700 community locations, currently serving more than 200,000 children and youth annually. For over 100 years, Boys and Girls Clubs have been helping young Canadians to discover, develop and achieve their potential. To learn more, visit

For more information, please contact

Media Relations
Gillian Bentley
(403) 444-2615
Email: [email protected]


Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
Christine Amendola
National Communications Specialist
(905) 477-7272 Ext. 237
Email: [email protected]

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