|The Pioneer chapters sponsored by Aliant member companies. NewTel (Newfoundland Ch.), MTT (Acadia Ch.), Island Tel (Abegweit Ch.), and NBTel (NB Ch.) are active volunteer organizations made up of current and retired employees of the Aliant organization.|
|"To promote and participate in activities that respond to community needs and problems; to provide a means of friendly association for telecommunications employees and those retired; to foster among them a continuing fellowship and a spirit of mutual helpfulness; to contribute to the progress of the Association and promote the happiness, well-being and usefulness of the membership; to exemplify and perpetuate those principles which have come to be regarded as the ideals and traditions of the industry." |
- Constitution of the Telephone Pioneers of America
The Aliant/Island Tel branch of the Telephone Pioneers of America (Abegweit Branch) is an active group of dedicated individuals who have been involved in many community services.
In December 2000, 7900 volunteers from NewTel, MTT, Island Tel, and NBTel pledged 150,000 volunteer hours to worthy community projects for the year 2001, "The International Year of the Volunteer", an increase of 25,000 hours from their prior comittments.
In December each year, they pledge many hours to the "Christmas Daddies Program", a telethon designed to help underprivileged children at Christmas.
In February 2000, Aliant Pioneers were presented Awards of Appreciation as part of the Computers for Schools' recent 1999-2000 Annual General Meeting in Ottawa. In that year alone the Aliant Pioneers gave $100,000 in funding and in-kind support to the program which refurbishes surplus computers into strategic resources for education.
These are only a few of the many programs that local Pioneers are involved in. They are a special group of energetic, devoted people offering a menu of options that span the broadest spectrum of educational, environmental, human services, health and life enrichment programs.
The local Abegweit Chapter, and their current President, Holly Laroque have helped greatly with information for this web site honouring the telephone on P.E.I. For more information about the "Telephone Pioneers of America", please visit their sites at: