Terasen volunteers pitch in to transform family fishing and camping location at Bleeker Lake

    SURREY, BC, May 25 /CNW/ - Watching a crackling campfire as the sun sets
over Bleeker Lake or enjoying a lakeside barbeque with family and friends will
be a much different experience now that more than 30 Terasen employees have
completed a day-long transformation of the popular recreation area into an
ideal family fishing and camping location.
    Terasen employees volunteered Saturday, May 23, and provided a $30,000
corporate donation to the Kamloops and District Fish and Game Association, a
registered charity, to help improve the facilities at the recreation site.
    "The volunteerism of Terasen's employees to physically get involved with
the building of the recreation site has made it possible for our association
to reach our goal of making Bleeker Lake a true family recreation area," said
Jim Woodward, President, Kamloops and District Fish and Game Association.
    Bleeker Lake has been a popular day-use and overnight camping site for
many years, but has been in need of improvements for some time. Volunteers
spent the day building new picnic tables, washrooms, fire pits, campsites and
cleaning-up the shoreline around the lake.
    "A need in Kamloops was identified, our employees recognized that need
and stepped up to the plate," said Ruth Sulentich, Terasen Gas Community
Relations Manager. "In fact, every employee in our Kamloops office volunteered
to help out with this worthwhile cause."
    The Bleeker Lake Project is one of three Terasen Community Giving Day
projects in B.C. In Nanaimo, Terasen volunteers spent the day at the Clay Tree
Society landscaping, painting, renovating and repairing facilities. On
Saturday, May 30, volunteers will assist at the Richmond Sharing Farm,
planting seeds, herbs and fruit trees, improving soil and building garden
beds, harvest tables and improving fencing around the farm. All three projects
receive a $30,000 corporate donation from Terasen.
    Terasen and its employees have long been active corporate citizens,
giving back to the communities where they live and work through volunteerism
and corporate donations.

    Terasen Gas is mainly composed of the operations of Terasen Gas Inc. and
Terasen Gas (Vancouver Island) Inc., both indirect wholly owned subsidiaries
of Fortis Inc. Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned distribution utility in
Canada, serves more than two million gas and electric customers and has total
assets exceeding $11 billion. Its regulated holdings include Terasen Gas and
electric utilities in five Canadian provinces and three Caribbean countries.
Fortis Inc. owns non-regulated hydroelectric generation assets across Canada
and in Belize and upper New York State. It also owns hotels and commercial
real estate in Canada. Fortis Inc. shares are listed on the Toronto Stock
Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional information can be
accessed at www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com

    Photos available upon request

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Ruth Sulentich, Community
Relations Manager, Ph: (250) 868-4517, Cell: (250) 718-1606, Email:

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