Veridian employee fundraising campaign for the United Way sets a new record



    AJAX, ON, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - Veridian and its employees have delivered a
huge helping hand to the 2007 United Way campaigns in the communities that the
company operates in. The utility's 160 staff members raised a record-breaking
$42,724.41, almost 30% more than the total raised during last year's
fundraising drive.
    Veridian employees gathered in Ajax today to present a cheque to local
United Way Co-Chair Jim Witty. Witty congratulated all Veridian employees on
their generosity and thanked them for their donations. "I'm so pleased to see
that Veridian and its employees continue their tradition of leadership in
supporting our communities," he said. "Be assured that your efforts will
positively affect the lives of many local residents."
    Diana Hills-Milligan, Veridian's employee campaign Chair, points out that
the fundraising drive was strongly supported by Veridian employees throughout
the Region of Durham, the City of Belleville, and the Towns of Port Hope and
Gravenhurst. "Our employee fundraising committee members were extremely
dedicated and very enthusiastic," she said. "Their enthusiasm was contagious
and helped propel the success of numerous employee fundraising events."
    Veridian President and CEO Michael Angemeer also expressed his
appreciation for the efforts of his staff. "You've managed to exceed an
aggressive $35,000 campaign target by an astounding $7,200," he said. "That
sets yet another Veridian record and shows the power of teamwork and your
commitment to our communities."
    Since the company's inception in 1999, Veridian and its employees have
raised almost $250,000 for local United Way agencies.

    Veridian Connections Inc. safely and reliably delivers electricity to
more than 108,000 customers in the Cities of Pickering and Belleville, the
Towns of Ajax, Port Hope and Gravenhurst, and the communities of Uxbridge,
Bowmanville, Newcastle, Orono, Port Perry, Beaverton, Sunderland and
Cannington. Veridian Connections Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Veridian
Corporation. The City of Pickering, the Town of Ajax, the Municipality of
Clarington and the City of Belleville jointly own Veridian Corporation.
    Veridian is proud to be a founding member of powerWISE(R), a brand
created to promote energy conservation and reduce the demand for electricity
in Ontario. powerWISE(R) is a joint initiative of the Ontario government and
six of Ontario's largest electricity distribution companies. For more
information, visit: www.veridian.on.ca and www.powerwise.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Diana Hills-Milligan, Public Affairs Officer,
Veridian Connections Inc., (905) 427-9870, extension 2201

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