September 28, 2004

GM Canada introduces Community Wheels Program

Burnaby, British Columbia – General Motors of Canada announced the national launch of GM Community Wheels – a community transportation program that provides General Motors’ vehicles to selected communities across the country.

David Paterson, Vice President, Corporate and Environmental Affairs said, “GM Community Wheels provides Chevrolet Venture and Pontiac Montana vans to local organizations that require vehicles to help people in the community. GM Community Wheels was piloted in Edmonton with United Way of the Alberta Capital Region last year and it is now being expanded to include Vancouver, with more cities to come in 2005. General Motors of Canada has been a long-standing supporter of many communities in the Province of British Columbia with donations exceeding $1.5 million over the last several years,” said Paterson.

GM Community Wheels in Vancouver is a program that will provide six vans for use by five member agencies of the United Way of the Lower Mainland, and one vehicle for use by the United Way of the Lower Mainland.

Michael McKnight, CEO, United Way of the Lower Mainland said, “What a very generous gift General Motors has made to our community. It has been an honour for United Way to play a small role in making life easier for people in the Lower Mainland by bringing together agencies representing a number of different social needs to take part in the GM Community Wheels program. With transportation being one of the most challenging issues for people in the Lower Mainland, we know that these vehicles will help make a difference.”

Sharon Birnie, Langley Senior Resource Society said, “All the programs selected by United Way to take part in the program are about helping to improve the quality of life for people who live in our community. On behalf of the agencies and programs participating, thank you so very much to General Motors for making this all possible, and thank you to United Way for once again extending your helping hand.”

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