$3,500 grant to Waterloo Region Children's Safety Village
CAMBRIDGE, ON, May 31, 2014 /CNW/ - Union Gas is helping the Waterloo
Region Children's Safety Village recognize exceptional local young
people through a $3,500 grant awarded today.
Waterloo Region children in junior kindergarten through Grade 8 are
eligible for the safety village's annual Hero Awards. The awards
recognize children who assisted their classmates, parents or friends
and performed at a level that is beyond expectations, while
contributing to a safer community.
This year, nine children were honoured for various heroic acts such as
calling 9-1-1 to assist a family involved in a motor vehicle accident,
for helping strangers in need in emergency situations and for
demonstrating extreme compassion and commitment in helping neighbours,
classmates and family members.
Rick Bigelow, Union Gas utility service manager for Waterloo south,
presented the $3,500 cheque to Lisa Hummel, coordinator of the Waterloo
Region Children's Safety Village, at the sixth annual awards ceremony.
Safety Village staff, city mayors, event sponsors, police and fire
officials and school board representatives were present to celebrate
with the award winners and their families.
"One of our core company values is safety, both on and off the job.
Safety is so important to our employees that we are also very active in
getting others to focus on it," said Bigelow. "We're very pleased to
support this program, which recognizes our young community safety
"The Children's Safety Village is proud to host the Annual Children's
Hero Awards to acknowledge the incredible efforts of the children in
our community. It's important for us to acknowledge that their efforts
can and do make a difference," said Hummel. "The Hero Awards allow the
village to raise funds to support our regular education programs. We
are incredibly grateful for the support of our sponsors. Without them,
we could not reach the 22,000 students we teach each year free of
For more than 100 years, Union Gas has been privileged to work in more
than 400 Ontario communities. Each year, the company supports the
communities where its employees live and work through thousands of
volunteer hours for local charitable and non-profit organizations,
major charitable giving and sponsorships. Last year, Union Gas donated
close to $3 million to community and charitable organizations in
Ontario, including over $928,000 to United Way. In addition, Union Gas
employees, retirees, family and friends provided over 17,000 volunteer
hours to help strengthen the communities where they live and work. For
more information visit uniongas.com/community.
About Waterloo Region Children's Safety Village
The Children's Safety Village is a non-profit organization dedicated to
teaching children in Grades 1 to 6 about safety education. The focus at
the village is on experience-based learning. Approximately 22,000
students a year receive classroom instruction and an opportunity to
practice what they have learned in a "hands on" environment. The
Children's Safety Village is committed to providing quality progressive
safety programs, in a positive and interactive atmosphere, through
community partnerships, to protect our most valuable resource - our
children. For more information please visit www.waterlooregioncsv.com.
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 $6.4 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 2014. For more
information, visit uniongas.com or find us on Twitter: twitter.com/uniongas, Facebook: facebook.com/uniongas and YouTube: youtube.com/user/uniongas.
SOURCE: Union Gas Limited
For further information:
Union Gas Limited
Manager, External Communications and Media Relations
Ph: 519 436-5490 or 1-800-571-8446 ext. 5005490
Cell: 519 365-1010
Waterloo Region Children's Safety Village
Lisa Hummel, Coordinator