Terasen employees share time, talent and friendship with valued City institution



    SURREY, BC, May 25 /CNW/ - Terasen volunteers, along with members of the
Clay Tree Society for People with Developmental Disabilities, worked hand in
hand on Saturday, May 23, making life at the Nanaimo office and worksite a
little more comfortable for the 72 individuals who rely on the Society for
support.
    The Terasen volunteers, along with a $30,000 corporate donation, helped
install a much needed wheelchair ramp at the office, removed trees, and
provided other landscaping and general renovations around the property.
    "We have faced many struggles and uncertainties," said Julie Stevenson,
Executive Director, Clay Tree Society. "Terasen's Community Giving Day project
has impacted our society in so many positive ways and is testament to their
commitment to our community."
    The Clay Tree Society has been a member of the Nanaimo community for 52
years, providing life skills, artistic exploration and personal empowerment
and independence to 72 people, ranging from ages 18 to 70. While Terasen has
assisted the society in the past by donating furniture, a need for more help
was identified, and Terasen volunteers from the Vancouver Island offices
stepped in.
    "We live and work in this community, and our volunteer efforts support
the importance of being connected to the people we serve," said Carol Greaves,
Community Relations Manager, Terasen Gas. "Our neighbours were in need, and we
were pleased to help."
    The Clay Tree Society project is one of three Terasen Community Giving
Day projects in B.C. In Kamloops, Terasen volunteers spent the day at Bleeker
Lake, revitalizing the recreation area into a family fishing and camping
location. On Saturday, May 30, volunteers will assist at the Richmond Sharing
Farm, planting seeds, herbs and fruit trees, improving soil and building
garden beds, harvest tables and improving fencing around the farm. All three
projects receive a $30,000 corporate donation from Terasen.
    Terasen and its employees have long been active corporate citizens,
giving back to the communities where they live and work through volunteerism
and corporate donations.

    Terasen Gas is mainly composed of the operations of Terasen Gas Inc. and
Terasen Gas (Vancouver Island) Inc., both indirect wholly owned subsidiaries
of Fortis Inc. Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned distribution utility in
Canada, serves more than two million gas and electric customers and has total
assets exceeding $11 billion. Its regulated holdings include Terasen Gas and
electric utilities in five Canadian provinces and three Caribbean countries.
Fortis Inc. owns non-regulated hydroelectric generation assets across Canada
and in Belize and upper New York State. It also owns hotels and commercial
real estate in Canada. Fortis Inc. shares are listed on the Toronto Stock
Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional information can be
accessed at www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com

    Photos available upon request





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Carol Greaves, Community
Relations Manager, Cell: (250) 888-0588, Email: carol.greaves@terasengas.com

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