Union Gas helps Greater Sudbury 'Community Jewel'

SUDBURY, ON, Sept. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Union Gas is giving a $3,000 grant to the Nickel District Conservation Authority to help with signage at the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area.

With approximately 60 kilometres of four-season trails in the conservation area, high quality signage is essential at Lake Laurentian. The funds will assist with the installation of the new main entrance sign to the lake area at South Bay Road. Union Gas will be recognized as the sponsor of this sign.

A kick off of the Sign Plan implementation began today courtesy of the Union Gas grant.

Marc Tonelli, Union Gas utility service manager for Sudbury West, presented the cheque to Lin Gibson, chairperson of Conservation Sudbury/ Nickel District Conservation Authority, and Mark Signoretti, Conservation Sudbury/ Nickel District Conservation Authority vice chair, and chair of the Friends of Lake Laurentian.

The Lake Laurentian Conservation Area is a 2,415-acre green space located 10 minutes from downtown Sudbury. The conservation area provides four-season outdoor recreation opportunities, including hiking, biking, running, walking, nature photography, environmental education, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. There are also numerous scenic lookouts, lakes, wetlands and a bird-watching blind.

"Union Gas cares about the environment. Our caring nature is reflected in our company culture, whether we are building a pipeline or erecting a new energy-efficient office building," said Tonelli. "That's why we support important environmental programs in the communities we serve. Your program will make a difference, and that is important to us at Union Gas."

"We want to again sincerely thank Union Gas for this most generous support which helps us to move forward with our Sign Plan," said Gibson. "Marc is a true champion of our community jewel and we thank him for that dedication."

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. Union Gas employees, retirees, family and friends provided over 17,000 volunteer hours to help strengthen communities. For more information visit uniongas.com/community.

About Nickel District Conservation Authority

The Nickel District Conservation Authority in collaboration with partners, stakeholders and citizens, leads the conservation, management and restoration of watersheds in Greater Sudbury. The NDCA's vision is "people working together to protect our watersheds." For more information, visit nickeldistrict.ca. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nickel.district

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: CONTACTS: 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, astass@uniongas.com; Nickel District Conservation Authority, Paul Sajatovic, General Manager/Secretary-Treasurer, Ph: 705-674-5249 ext. 203, paul.sajatovic@sudbury.ca

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