Terasen volunteers and Richmond Sharing Farm team up to grow food for needy



    SURREY, BC, June 1 /CNW/ - A beautiful spring day, a good cause and
dedicated volunteers added up to a magnificent day "down on the farm", helping
a valued Richmond organization grow fruit and vegetables for local food banks
and others in our communities living with poverty.
    More than 100 Terasen employees from the Lower Mainland volunteered for
the morning at the non-profit Richmond Sharing Farm, improving the soil,
planting herbs, vegetables and fruit trees, constructing harvest tables, and
building a structure that will be used as a healing centre.
    "Our project is a wonderful example of volunteers, community
organizations and corporate partners coming together to help grow food for
those living in poverty," said Mary Gazetas, Chair, Richmond Sharing Farm.
"This kind of dynamic is truly all about community building."
    The Richmond Sharing Farm grows more than nine tonnes (20,000 pounds) of
fruit and vegetables per year for local food banks, community kitchens and
others in our communities in need.
    "Every year, the Richmond Sharing Farm proves its value to the community
by giving back to those in need," said Amy Hennessy, Terasen Gas Community
Relations Manager. "And that philosophy is aligned with our desire to give
back and remain connected to the people we serve, in the communities where we
live and work."
    The Richmond Sharing Farm project is one of three Terasen Community
Giving Day events in B.C. On Saturday, May 23, Terasen volunteers from
Kamloops spent the day at Bleeker Lake, revitalizing the recreation area into
a family fishing and camping location. Also on Saturday, May 23, volunteers
helped with renovations and repairs at Nanaimo's Clay Tree Society for People
with Developmental Disabilities. All three projects each received 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: Amy Hennessy, Community
Relations Manager, (604) 576-7363, Email: amy.hennessy@terasengas.com

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