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Camp Out to Stamp Out Cancer Activities Kick Off National Volunteer Week

April 16, 2012
Thrifty Foods Recognizes Employees and Volunteer Shoppers for 35 Years of Service

In honour of National Volunteer Week, Thrifty Foods President Jim Dores praised the dedication of countless Thrifty Foods employees and the over 600 Sendial volunteers for giving of their time and energy to help out individuals in communities across the Lower Mainland, throughout Vancouver Island and on Saltspring Island.

"Volunteerism is big part of the very fabric of this organization" said Thrifty Foods President Jim Dores. "From events like our Camp Out to Stamp Out Cancer, taking place at our Coquitlam store this week, to this year's 25th anniversary of our volunteer-run Sendial service, Thrifty Foods is humbled by individuals who give their time to help makes the lives of others better."

Camp Out to Stamp Out Cancer is a volunteer-run, week-long event to raise $10,000 for the BC Children's Hospital (BCCH). Each of the family-friendly events is held in honour of colleagues and family members battling cancer.
Running from April 15 until Saturday, April 21, Coquitlam store volunteers have set up barbecues, raffles, a stationary bike contest and a hockey shootout to inspire others to support the oncology ward at the BCCH. Liam Sobey, the Thrifty Foods Coquitlam store manager, will also camp out each night in front of the Austin Avenue store. Participants may also donate online at

"Many of my employees have had family members and colleagues recently diagnosed with cancer so raising funds for the BC Children's Hospital is just the right thing to do," said Liam Sobey. "Having come from a tradition of community giving, this is a natural fit for me and my team."

This year also represents 25 years of volunteerism through the Thrifty Foods Sendial program. Sendial is a grocery shopping and home delivery service for Thrifty Foods customers who have been injured or have some other physical impediment to prevent them from easily accessing or independently shopping in the stores. Today, the program has over 600 volunteers who phone customers and shop the orders in the stores, as they have done since 1987. To meet some of the program's customers and volunteers, click here.

Thrifty Foods was founded in 1977 in Victoria, BC. Today, Thrifty Foods, a banner of Sobeys Inc., has a total of 27 retail grocery stores across the Lower Mainland and throughout Vancouver Island.

About Sobeys Inc.

Proudly Canadian, with headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians for 104 years. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises more than 1,300 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, and Thrifty Foods, as well as Lawton's Drug Stores. Sobeys and its franchise affiliates employ more than 95,000 people. The company's goal is to be widely recognized as the best food retailer and workplace environment in Canada. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at

For more information, please contact:

Erin Coulson, Communications Coordinator
Thrifty Foods
Tel: (250) 483-1659 Cell: (250) 216-7007