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Victorian Order of Nurses Receives $100,000 Grant from Staples Advantage to Support Research in Home Care Practices

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OTTAWA, ON (November 14, 2014)

The Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) announced today that Staples Advantage Canada has become a supporting sponsor of their research work in Canada, providing an initial $100,000 grant to support VON’s research agenda.

VON Research is led by Dr. Ariella Lang, RN, PhD, who is recognized as one of Canada’s leading researchers on home care safety and related research. Her work informs VON innovation in home care practices. Dr. Lang holds joint appointments in Nursing at McGill University and Université de Montréal.

Staples Advantage has a supply arrangement with VON (Victorian Order of Nurses) Canada, providing office products, furniture, medical supplies, technology products, printing supplies and facility cleaning products.

“Our mission at VON is to work in partnership with others for a healthier society” said Jo-Anne Poirier, President and Chief Executive Officer, VON Canada. “We are very happy to welcome Staples Advantage as a new VON partner. They have a strong service orientation, and are able to serve our office and medical supply and equipment needs in our 52 sites across Canada at highly competitive rates. Beyond that, their sponsorship of our important research work demonstrates their real commitment to innovation.”

“I am pleased that we are able to provide VON with the medical supply equipment and products they need to operate their business efficiently as well as providing funding to develop innovative programs in home and community health care,” said Michael Zahra, President of Staples Advantage Canada. “I know the additional funding will greatly assist VON in the important research needed to support their vision.”

About VON Canada: VON is a national health organization and registered charity offering a wide range of community health care solutions that meet the needs of millions of Canadians. VON is accredited by Accreditation Canada.

About Staples Advantage Canada Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), serves organizations of 20 or more employees up to Fortune 500, helping them Make More Happen with more products, greater cost savings and improved ordering efficiencies. Staples Advantage provides its customers, including global businesses, local and federal government, healthcare organizations and educational institutions, with a one source solution featuring comprehensive products and services like office supplies, technology, printing, promotional products, furniture and facility supplies, along with a customized level of account support and best-in-class customer service.

More information is available at www.staplesadvantage.ca

Beth Green VP, Marketing and Communications VON Canada M: 613-899-5191 beth.green@von.ca

Susan Bernardo Communications Manager Staples Advantage Canada 905-696-3733 susan.bernardo@staples.com

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