$10,000 awarded to conservation/safety program as part of Centennial
DAWN-EUPHEMIA, ON, Sept. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - A conservation and safety
program that will teach elementary school students in the St. Clair
Region to be more aware of the power of water - especially during the
spring thaw - is getting some help from Union Gas, through a grant
awarded as part of the company's Centennial celebrations.
The Centennial Signature grant of $10,000 is one of 10 being awarded
across the province by Union Gas to support charitable and non-profit
projects focused on environmental education, conservation and research.
The grant was awarded today to the St. Clair Region Conservation
Authority for its Spring Water Awareness Program, which will see
Conservation Education staff visiting schools in Lambton and Kent
counties to teach students from kindergarten to Grade 6 about the
dangers of being close to the edge of swelling streams, creeks and
rivers during the spring thaw.
The program, which is set to begin in March 2012, will also tie in to
the provincial science curriculum for each grade level, teaching
students about the rich aquatic life in local rivers and streams. About
1,000 students are expected to participate in the program each year.
"This program will help students in the St. Clair Region develop a
better awareness of - and respect for - the tremendous power of water,
and the abundance of life supported by local streams, creeks and
rivers," said Julie Dill, president of Union Gas. "Union Gas is very
pleased to mark our Centennial by supporting this valuable and
potentially life-saving program. It is our partnership with
organizations like the St Clair Region Conservation Authority - and all
the communities we serve - that has helped us helped us become one of
North America's premier natural gas storage, transmission and
"We're proud of our long history in the St. Clair Region," said Dave
Simpson, director of storage and transmission operations for Union Gas.
"And we look forward to continuing our strong relationship in these
great communities. It is our goal to be their partner of choice."
Today, in front of a class of Grade 3/4 students at Dawn-Euphemia
School, Dill and Simpson presented the $10,000 cheque to Andy
Bruziewicz, Chair of the Conservation Authority and Bill Bilton, the
mayor of Dawn-Euphemia Township and a board member of the Conservation
Authority and Foundation.
"We are very pleased with our partnership with Union Gas," Bruziewicz
said. "These funds will be a great help in advancing our efforts to
teach school children in the region about the importance of being safe
around watercourses, and of the importance for all of us to continue to
strive for healthy watersheds."
Also present at the event were school board officials, other
representatives from the conservation authority, Union Gas employees,
government officials and other members of the public.
Union Gas, a Spectra Energy Company, was founded in 1911 through the
amalgamation of three southern Ontario local gas distribution
companies. Today, Union Gas, named one of Canada's Top 100 employers in
2011, is the second largest natural gas utility in Canada, serving 1.3
million customers across Ontario.
Union Gas works in over 400 Ontario communities, including many in the
St. Clair Region. The company is committed to contributing to the
communities where its employees live and work by supporting direct and
indirect employment, offering energy efficiency programs, and helping
local organizations through sponsorships, charitable giving and
hundreds of volunteer hours.
For example, Union Gas supports the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton, the
Sarnia-Lambton branch of Junior Achievement of South-Western Ontario
and the Children's Safety Village in Sarnia. Through its $1,000
Centennial Community Grant program, the company has also supported the
St. Clair River Trail Committee's "Be Safe Be Seen" bicycle safety
program. And through its annual Helping Hands in Action program, Union Gas employees and retirees have contributed many
volunteer hours in the region, including helping the St. Clair Region
Conservation Foundation plant trees to reduce soil erosion, completing
three gardening and landscaping projects at Dawn-Euphemia School and
two others at St. Phillip School in Petrolia.
Leading up to the company's 100th anniversary on Dec. 19, a year-long
Centennial celebration is rolling out across the province, bringing
together employees, retirees and community residents. Visit
uniongas.com/centennial for more information.
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 assets of over $5.6 billion
and approximately 2,200 employees. For more information, visit uniongas.com.
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