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BMO Presents 17th Annual Walk so Kids Can Talk Supporting Young People Across Canada

TORONTO, May 1, 2018 /CNW/ - Kids Help Phone's Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO is back for another year of fundraising and awareness. The annual Walk is scheduled to take place on May 6 in 39 communities across Canada.

Each year, thousands of children, adults, schools, community organizations, and corporations come together to take part in Canada's largest walk in support of emotional health and well-being for young people. Last year, more than 8,000 BMO walkers raised more than $1.9 million for Kids Help Phone.

"BMO is honoured to be the presenting sponsor for Kids Help Phone's Walk so Kids Can Talk once again," said Joanna Rotenberg, Group Head, BMO Wealth Management. "Our support helps give young Canadians access to Kids Help Phone's crucial counselling and support services and a safe place to talk to someone when they need it most. Every child deserves to be heard, and helping those in need is at the core of who we are at BMO."

"Kids Help Phone's partnership with BMO is a true testament of the resiliency of a community – it takes courage for a young person to reach out and it takes courage for the community to support them, in a way they need it most," said Katherine Hay, President & CEO, Kids Help Phone. "The Walk so Kids Can Talk presented by BMO is our single largest annual fundraiser to support young people's emotional well-being by enabling our charity to always be open for young people. Together, we are champions to the hundreds of kids who reach out every day in any moment of crisis or need."

Kids Help Phone is Canada's only 24/7 national service offering professional counselling, information and referrals for young people. Its free, anonymous services are available in both English and French. The donations raised from the Walk are crucial to maintaining this valuable service and ensuring every young person in Canada can access the support they need, in the way they need it most.

BMO Financial Group is a founding partner of Kids Help Phone; to date, BMO and its employees have raised more than $18 million for the charity, helping it grow into a leading Canadian and world-renowned frontline youth counselling service.

For those who are interested in making a contribution or signing up for this year's Walk, please visit www.walksokidscantalk.ca to register or donate, and join the social conversation using #WalksoKidsCanTalk.

Locations

WHEN: Sunday, May 6, 2018

PROVINCE

ADDRESS

REGISTRATION

WALK START*

Alberta

Festival Market Eau Claire

Plaza

139 Barclay PA SW, Calgary

9:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

Hawrelak Park

9330 Groat Road, Edmonton

9:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

British Columbia

Waterfront Park

Rhapsody Plaza

1200 Water Street, Kelowna

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

Colliery Dam Park

645 Wakesiah Avenue,

Nanaimo

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

Holland Park

13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

David Lam Park

1300 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver

9:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

DND Fields

2950 15th Street, Vernon

10:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

Songhees Point Park

50 Songhees Road, Victoria

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

Manitoba

University of Winnipeg -

Axworthy Health and Recplex

350 Spence Street, Winnipeg

10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

Newfoundland and Labrador

BMO

1 West Street, Corner Brook

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

BMO Rocky Harbour

45 Main Street North, Rocky

Harbour

12:30 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

Bowring Park - Bungalow

305 Waterford Bridge Rd.,

St. John's

11:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

 YMCA

383 Massachusetts Dr.,

Stephenville

2:00 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

New Brunswick

Wilmot Park

50 Woodstock Road,

Fredericton

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

Mapleton Park and Mapleton

Rotary Pavilion

600 Mapleton Road, Moncton

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

Nova Scotia

Emera Oval

5775 Cogswell Street, Halifax

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

Ontario

Southshore Community Centre

205 Lakeshore Drive, Barrie

9:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

Kingston Park

Paxton Drive, Chatham

9:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Ajax Rotary Park

177 Lake Driveway W., Ajax

9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

F.H. Sherman Recreation

Park/Dofasco Park

388 First Road East, Stoney

Creek

9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Memorial Centre

303 York Street, Kingston

9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Waterloo Region Museum &

Doon Heritage Village

10 Huron Road, Kitchener

8:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Thames Park

15 Ridout Street South, London

8:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Streetsville Memorial Park

335 Church Street, Mississauga

8:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Jaycee Gardens Park

543 Ontario Street,

St. Catharines

8:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Kiwanis Band Shell

100 Memorial Drive, North Bay

9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Andrew Haydon Park

3127 Carling Avenue, Ottawa

8:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Harrison Park

1155 2nd Avenue East, Owen

Sound

9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Nicholls Oval Pavilion

725 Armour Road,

Peterborough

9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Canatara Park - Seaway

Kiwanis Pavilion
1200 Lake Chipican Drive,

Sarnia

9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Woodbine Park

Coxwell Ave. and Lakeshore Blvd.,

Toronto

8:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Optimist Memorial Park
1075 Ypres Avenue, Windsor

9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

College Avenue Secondary

School
700 College Avenue,

Woodstock

9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Boyd Conservation Area

8739 Islington Avenue,

Vaughan

9:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Prince Edward Island

Victoria Park

Charlottetown

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

Mill River Resort

180 Mill River Resort Road

Route 136, Woodstock

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

Quebec

Angrignon Park

3400 Boulevard des Trintaires,

Montréal

8:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

Saskatchewan

University of Regina - Riddell

Centre

3737 Wascana Pkwy, Regina

10:00 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

Saskatoon Fieldhouse

2020 College Drive, Saskatoon

10:00 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

*All times local

Virtual Walks

Alberta: Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer
British Columbia: Prince George
Manitoba
Newfoundland and Labrador
New Brunswick: Saint John
Nova Scotia
Northwest Territories
Nunavut
Ontario: Brantford, Burlington-Milton, Huntsville, Sudbury, Thunder Bay
Prince Edward Island
Quebec
Saskatchewan
Yukon
U.S.A

About BMO Financial Group
Serving customers for 200 years and counting, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider – the 8th largest bank, by assets, in North America. With total assets of $728 billion as of January 31, 2018, and a team of diverse and highly engaged employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, BMO Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.

About Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone is Canada's only 24/7 national service offering professional counselling, information, referrals and volunteer-led text-based support (available nationwide by the end of 2018) for young people. Kids Help Phone's free, anonymous services are available in both English and French. Kids Help Phone is a registered Canadian charity, and we raise the majority of our revenue from individuals, foundations, corporations, and community fundraising.

SOURCE BMO Financial Group

For further information: Media contacts: Alicia Skrinjar, Toronto, alicia.skrinjar@bmo.com, (416) 867-3996; Valerie Doucet, Montreal, valerie.doucet@bmo.com, (514) 877-8224

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