Union Gas Gives Back to Kitchener Waterloo Through Record-Breaking United Way Campaign

Employee donations & company matching dollars total over $19,700

WATERLOO, ON, Dec. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - An annual employee fundraising campaign at Union Gas has raised more than $19,700, the largest donation to the United Way Kitchener Waterloo and Area in the company's 100-year history.

"I continue to be inspired by the enthusiasm and generosity our Union Gas employees and retirees demonstrate year after year during our United Way fundraising campaign," said Murray Costello, Union Gas district manager for Waterloo/Brantford. "We're proud of our longstanding history with the Kitchener Waterloo area and I can't think of a better way to express our thanks than by being able to provide this record-breaking 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.

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 are particularly happy that through the United Way campaign and programs such as Winter Warmth, we are making a difference for families in need," added Costello.

About United Way Kitchener Waterloo and Area
United Way Kitchener Waterloo and Area is committed to improving the quality of life for all who live here by building on community resources. Working within the three focus areas, United Way KW will continue to ensure funds and resources are intentionally targeted to the places that need it most and where they can have the greatest impact.

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 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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SOURCE: Union Gas Limited

For further information:

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

United Way Kitchener Waterloo and Area
Karina Tutak
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
United Way KW
(519) 888-6100 ext. 235
ktutak@uwaykw.org.


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