Union Gas gives back to Windsor-Essex through outstanding United Way campaign

Employee donations and company matching dollars total more than $35,200

WINDSOR, ON, Nov. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - The annual employee fundraising campaign at Union Gas has raised more than $35,200 for United Way of Windsor-Essex.  This exceptional contribution will help United Way continue to invest in its three strategic investment priority areas across Windsor and Essex County: supporting basic needs and independence, positioning kids and families for success, and creating thriving neighbourhoods.

"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 Mark Emmanuel, Union Gas district manager for Windsor/Essex. "We're proud of our longstanding history with Windsor-Essex and I can't think of a better way to express our thanks than by being able to provide this 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.

"Union Gas and its employees continue to demonstrate their commitment to the community and United Way every year. Over the years, Union Gas has contributed almost $701,000 locally to United Way, which is absolutely incredible." said Penny Marrett, CEO, United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County.   "Union Gas runs an exceptional workplace campaign through special events, incentive programs and presentations.  We are very grateful for their support of United Way's Annual Campaign."

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 Emmanuel.

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  for 2011, 2012 and 2013 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.

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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

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