$2,700 grant to The YMCA of Western Ontario Children's Safety Village
LONDON, ON, May 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Union Gas is supporting the YMCA
Children's Safety Village's mission to dramatically reduce childhood
injuries by teaching children personal responsibility and awareness
regarding safety, through a $2,700 grant awarded today.
Ian Ross, Union Gas district manager for London/Sarnia and Marcelo
Villanueva, Union Gas utility service manager for London presented the
cheque to Joyce Bennett, chair of the YMCA Children's Safety Village
Board, today at the Safety Village. A group of Union Gas employees, who
are participating in a volunteer project to plant flower and shrubs
around the village, also joined the event.
The YMCA Children's Safety Village helps reduce injuries by teaching
children from kindergarten to grade 4, through hands on safety lessons,
about individual responsibility and awareness while travelling in cars,
riding bikes, walking down the street, being in the kitchen and
encountering a fire in the home. The lessons are taught by educators
from the police and fire departments and link directly to the school
"As a company, our focus on safety doesn't end with the workday. We
believe in investing in programs that will help make our communities
safer 24/7," said Ross. "That's why we make it a priority to support
important safety programs like this one, which is helping London area
children understand the importance of safety."
"For 12 years, the YMCA Children's Safety Village has welcomed an
average of 10,000 children each year. The children learn critical
safety skills and healthy living tips, all while having fun," said
Shaun Elliott, CEO of the YMCA of Western Ontario. "We sincerely thank
Union Gas for supporting the Safety Village as we continue to build
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 is
committed to managing its operations in a way that protects the safety,
security, and health of its employees, customers and the public. 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 almost $3 million to charitable
organizations across the province, including support for safety
programs. For more information visit uniongas.com/community.
About the YMCA of Western Ontario, Children's Safety Village
The YMCA Children's Safety Village, located in the Thames Valley
District within the Fanshawe Conservation Area, operates in conjunction
with educators from the police and fire departments, with support from
the Board of Directors, the London District Catholic School Board, and
the Thames Valley District School Board. The YMCA Children's Safety
Village is a child-sized village. Through hands on safety lessons the
Children's Safety Village helps reduce injuries by teaching children
from kindergarten to grade 4 about individual safety and awareness
while travelling in cars, riding bikes, walking down the street, being
in the kitchen and encountering a fire in the home.
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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