Union Gas supports the annual Children's Hero Awards

$3,500 grant to The Children's Safety Village of Brant

BRANTFORD, ON, May 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Union Gas is helping The Children's Safety Village of Brant recognize young safety heroes in the community, as well as enhance safety education, through a $3,500 grant awarded today.

Andrea Tayler-Coombs, Union Gas contact centre manager and Sharon Johnston, manager of contact centre operations for Brantford presented the cheque to Crystal Glaves, president, and Lisa Roddie, executive director of The Children's Safety Village of Brant, just prior to the award ceremony today at the Safety Village.

The Children's Hero Awards are an opportunity to recognize children in the community who have performed a heroic act or who have performed at a level that is beyond expectations, while contributing to a safer community.  Students were nominated by teachers, parents, members of the community, police, fire and emergency medical services personnel.

"At Union Gas, safety governs everything we do, whether we are building a pipeline or installing a gas meter at your home. We want each and every one of our employees to return home safely at the end of every day," said Tayler-Coombs. "Because of our safety culture, we make it a priority to support important and much-needed programs like this one, which is recognizing our young community safety heroes."

"It is through the generous ongoing support of companies like Union Gas, who understand the importance of Safety Education that the Children Safety Village of Brant can be successful," said Roddie.  "We are extremely grateful for Union Gas' support so we can continue to teach important safety lessons and in turn save lives."

For more than 100 years, Union Gas has been privileged to work in more than 400 Ontario communities. Each year, the company supports the communities where its employees live and work through thousands of volunteer hours for local charitable and non-profit organizations, major charitable giving and sponsorships. Last year, Union Gas donated close to $3 million to community and charitable organizations in Ontario, including over $928,000 to United Way.  In addition, Union Gas employees, retirees, family and friends provided over 17,000 volunteer hours to help strengthen the communities where they live and work. For more information visit uniongas.com/community.

About The Children's Safety Village of Brant
The Children's Safety Village of Brant is charitable organization which relies fully on the generous support and donation from the community to fund its ongoing operations. The hands on philosophy used to teach safety makes learning fun and therefore more easily retained by the children. Our community partners include the Brantford Police and Fire Departments, County of Brant Fire, OPP - Brant County and Six Nations Police. Please visit our website at csvbrant.ca and follow us on Twitter (SafetyVillage_B) and Facebook (ChildrensSafetyVillageofBrant).

About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited, a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company, is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with 100 years of experience and service to customers, assets of over $6.4 billion and approximately 2,200 employees. The distribution business serves about 1.4 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across Ontario. Union Gas is one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2014. For more information, visit uniongas.com or find us on Twitter: twitter.com/uniongas, Facebook: facebook.com/uniongas and YouTube: youtube.com/user/uniongas.

SOURCE Union Gas Limited

For further information:

Union Gas Limited 
Andrea Stass
Manager, External Communications and Media Relations
Ph: 519 436-5490 or 1-800-571-8446 ext. 5005490
Cell: 519 365-1010
Fax: 519 436-4621
astass@uniongas.com

The Children's Safety Village of Brant
Lisa Roddie
Executive Director
Ph:  519-720-6950
Cell: 289-237-8272
lisa@csvbrant.ca