Union Gas gives back to London & Middlesex through record-breaking United Way campaign

Employee donations and company matching dollars total more than $47,613

LONDON, ON, Nov. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - An annual employee fundraising campaign at Union Gas has raised more than $47,613 the largest donation to United Way of London & Middlesex in the company's 100-year history.

"I continue to be inspired by the enthusiasm and generosity that Union Gas employees and retirees demonstrate year after year during our United Way fundraising campaign," said Ian Ross, Union Gas district manager for London/Sarnia. "We're proud of our longstanding history with London and I can't think of a better way to express our thanks than by being able to provide this record-breaking gift to United Way."

The Union Gas campaign is led by a dedicated and enthusiastic group of volunteers and all individual employee and retiree donations made during this campaign are matched dollar for dollar by Union Gas' parent company, Spectra Energy - doubling the community benefit.

"On behalf of our community, we would like to extend a big thank you to the very generous staff, committee volunteers and campaign leads at Union Gas for their incredible efforts and support," said Kerry Blackwell, manager, resource development United Way of London & Middlesex.  "Union Gas consistently provides assistance and support to the communities in which they live and work. Not only are you helping to create positive change in people's lives through your successful United Way workplace campaign, you have also been very generous in securing three grants for local food cupboards that will really help them to be able to provide additional support to people within many communities who need assistance."

For over 100 years, Union Gas has been privileged to work in more than 400 Ontario communities. In addition to natural gas delivery services for homes and businesses, Union Gas has contributed to the province through significant economic investments, hundreds of jobs, millions in municipal taxes, energy efficiency programs, thousands of volunteer hours for community organizations, major charitable giving and sponsorships. Last year alone, Union Gas contributed $3 million to charitable organizations across Ontario, including a year-round Winter Warmth program that provides emergency relief for low-income families who have a difficult time paying their natural gas bills during the year. For more information visit uniongas.com/community.

"We're proud of our longstanding partnership with communities in Ontario and particularly happy that through the United Way campaign and programs such as Winter Warmth, we are making a difference for families in need," added Ross.

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. One of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2011, 2012 and 2013, and one of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2012, Union Gas 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

For further information:

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