$200,000 Union Gas Pledge Jumpstarts 2014 CK United Way Campaign

'Pacesetter' donation to Support Local Agencies and Programs

CHATHAM, ON, Sept. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - The 2014 United Way of Chatham-Kent Campaign received a boost today, thanks to a $200,000 Pacesetter pledge from Union Gas.

Lynn Pouget, Union Gas customer relations coordinator and Brandon Stuart, Union Gas Station Engineer, delivered the pledge at a 2014 United Way campaign launch celebration held at the United Way of Chatham-Kent office on McNaughton Avenue in Chatham. Members of council, United Way board members, staff and volunteers, as well as this year's United Way campaign co-chairs Margery and Dean Muharrem, joined in the celebration.

"By supporting United Way, we're making a difference in this community and I hope our pledge inspires others to contribute to this essential cause," Pouget said. "Helping to create lasting positive change is a goal we all share, and by working together as a community, I know we can achieve it."

Union Gas' Pacesetter pledge represents a portion of the funds to be raised through the company's annual employee-led campaign, which last year contributed over $608,000 to United Way of Chatham-Kent.

"We want to thank Union Gas for their strong community leadership," said Margery.  "Your continued support is truly an inspiration to the United Way family of agencies and Chatham-Kent as a whole. Together we can improve lives and build a stronger community." 

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 Union Gas
Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with more than 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 2014, is a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company with assets of $6.7 billion and approximately 2,200 employees. For more information, visit uniongas.com

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, astass@uniongas.com



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