Union Gas Helps Junior Achievement Build Future Business Leaders

$1,500 grant for Sarnia-Lambton area Junior Achievement

SARNIA, ON, July 24, 2013 /CNW/ - Union Gas is helping Junior Achievement in Sarnia-Lambton build future entrepreneurs and business leaders courtesy of a $1,500 grant awarded today.

Andrew Calder, Union Gas technician manager for London/Sarnia and Bob McNamara, Union Gas utility service manager for Sarnia north presented the cheque to Becky Krukowski, program manager for the Sarnia-Lambton Regional Office of Junior Achievement South Western Ontario, at the organization's office in Sarnia.

Junior Achievement strives to reach as many students as possible with the delivery of programs to support the development of business skills. Junior Achievement offers elementary and high school programs that help young people discover leadership, entrepreneurial and workforce readiness skills, so they can achieve their highest potential and future successes as citizens in the global community.

"Our youth are our greatest resource, and we believe that investing in their future is an investment worth making," said Calder.  "We're proud to continue our support of Junior Achievement's education programs, which inspire and educate Sarnia-Lambton youth to be our future leaders."

"JA programs have become an essential part of a youth's learning curve in preparing them for a successful future," says Barb Smith, president of Junior Achievement South Western Ontario. "Union Gas has been an integral part of helping us offer our programs for over 40 years through volunteers and financial support.  Together we empower youth in southwestern Ontario and give them the skills necessary to create healthy, robust communities."

In addition to natural gas delivery services for homes and businesses and contributing to the province's economy through investment, job creation, municipal taxes and energy efficiency programs, Union Gas has a clear set of best practices regarding the environment and actively encourages and promotes those practices via community groups throughout its distribution area. This value is reflected each year, as the company supports communities across Ontario through thousands of volunteer hours for local charitable and non-profit organizations, major charitable giving and sponsorships. Last year alone, Union Gas contributed about $3 million to charitable organizations across the province, including environmental programs and projects. For more information visit uniongas.com/community.

About Junior Achievement South Western Ontario
Junior Achievement has been in Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton for over 40 years and has recently expanded into the Windsor Essex area. As part of an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring young people about business and economics, the organization continues to grow regionally in order to bring its cost free programs to the youth in our areas. The youth who participate in Junior Achievement programs have the opportunity to gain insight and experience which can help them understand the business practices which influence their daily lives.

About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited, a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company, is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with 100 years of experience and service to customers, assets of over $5.8 billion and approximately 2,200 employees. The distribution business serves about 1.4 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across Ontario. Union Gas is one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2011, 2012 and 2013. For more information, visit uniongas.com.

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SOURCE: Union Gas Limited

For further information:

Union Gas Limited 
Andrea Stass
Manager, External Communications and Media Relations
Ph: 519 436-5490 or 1-800-571-8446 ext. 5005490
Cell: 519 365-1010
Fax: 519 436-4621
astass@uniongas.com

Junior Achievement of South Western Ontario
Barb Smith
President
Ph:  519-352-0151
Fax:  519-352-6180
bsmith@jaswont.org


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