Union Gas Helps Kids in Thunder Bay Learn About Water Conservation

$3,500 grant to LRCA supports the Lakehead Children's Water Festival

THUNDER BAY, ON, Sept. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Union Gas is helping young children learn about the importance of water and the need to conserve and protect this valuable resource courtesy of a $3,500 grant awarded today. The grant will assist the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority (LRCA) in hosting the Lakehead Children's Water Festival.

Ian Stewart, Union Gas manager of district support for Northwest Ontario, presented the cheque to LRCA's vice-chair, Donna Blunt at the 2012 Lakehead Children's Water Festival held today in the Heritage Building of the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition.

At the Festival, grade 3 and 4 students from across the LRCA's jurisdiction take part in hands on water conservation, water science and water protection activities, which complement the Ontario Curriculum.  The goal of the Festival is to encourage students to think about the value of water, and how water is an important part of their everyday lives.

"At Union Gas, we believe in investing today to ensure a bright tomorrow," says Stewart. "That means supporting important environmental conservation and ecological programs in the communities we serve. We are very pleased to help the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority make this community an even better place to live and work."

The Lakehead Children's Water Festival would not be possible without the support of local sponsors and volunteers to help run Activity Centres.  This year's volunteers are from Churchill High School, the Thunder Bay Christian School, Lakehead University and community members.

"The LRCA would like to take this opportunity to thank Union Gas for their generous donation towards the 2012 Lakehead Children's Water Festival," says Blunt.  "We are grateful that Union Gas recognizes the importance of water conservation awareness."

About Lakehead Region Conservation Authority
The Lakehead Region Conservation Authority is mandated to ensure the conservation, restoration and responsible management of Ontario's water, land and natural habitats through programs that balance human, environmental and economic needs.

About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with 100 years of experience and service to customers. The distribution business serves about 1.4 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across northern, southwestern and eastern Ontario. Union Gas, named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers and one of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2012, is a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company with assets of $5.8 billion and approximately 2,200 employees. For more information, visit uniongas.com.

SOURCE: Union Gas Limited

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CONTACTS:

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

Lakehead Region Conservation Authority
Donna Blunt, Vice-Chair
Ph: 807-344-587
Fax: 807-345-9156
info@lakeheadca.com


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