Union Gas makes $5,000 donation to Roberta Bondar Foundation
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, Jan. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Union Gas salutes Dr.
Roberta Bondar -- a medical doctor, scientist, photographer, author and
astronaut -- on the 20th anniversary of her flight on the Space Shuttle Discovery. The company
is proud to honour Dr. Bondar's many accomplishments by donating $5,000
to the Roberta Bondar Foundation.
Union Gas' Paul Rietdyk, Vice President of Engineering, Construction and
Storage and Transmission Operations, will officially present the $5,000
cheque to Dr. Bondar on Jan. 26 at a sold-out tribute dinner in Sault
Ste. Marie, hosted by the city, to mark Dr. Bondar's historic flight on
the space shuttle, which took place Jan. 22-30, 1992.
"Canadians from all walks of life recognize the amazing journey into
space made by Dr. Roberta Bondar, she's a Canadian astronaut who made
our entire country so proud," said Rietdyk. "Dr. Bondar is a true role
model, and her ongoing commitment to environmental education is
inspirational. We know our donation will have a lasting impact on the
The Roberta Bondar Foundation supports environmental education through a
range of learner-friendly programs that are customized for all age
groups, from elementary school kids to adults. The foundation offers
this support through an interactive website, seminars, lectures, books,
field experiences and exhibitions supported by a range of media
Stewardship is a core value at Union Gas, and the company is
particularly mindful of this because nature provides the fuel we
deliver to our customers. We also act as environmental stewards in
every aspect of our company operations, from pipeline construction to
the energy saving programs we design and offer our customers. Union Gas
is proud to recognize the environmental efforts of Dr. Bondar -- a
Sault Ste. Marie native who is cherished by her city.
Dr. Bondar, an Officer of the Order of Canada who also has the NASA
Space Medal, has seen the Earth from a perspective few humans have
experienced. In honour of her journey into space, the Mayor of Sault
Ste. Marie, Debbie Amaroso, proclaimed Jan. 23 to 30 as Dr. Roberta
Bondar Days in the city. This comes at a time when Sault Ste. Marie is
celebrating its 100th anniversary, just one month after Union Gas marked its 100th year in business.
Union Gas, a Spectra Energy Company, was founded in 1911 through the
amalgamation of three southern Ontario local gas distribution
companies. Today, Union Gas, named one of Canada's Top 100 employers
for 2012, is the second-largest natural gas utility in Canada, serving
about 1.4 million customers in more than 400 communities across
Ontario, including Sault Ste. Marie.
The company is committed to contributing to the communities where its
employees live and work by supporting direct and indirect employment,
offering energy efficiency programs, and helping local organizations
through sponsorships, charitable giving and hundreds of volunteer
hours. For example, in 2011, Union Gas supported the St. John's Back to
Basics Children's Centre in Sault Ste. Marie with a $1,000 Centennial
grant. The centre offers a safe environment for students of
Étienne-Brûlé Public School to attend and socialize after school. They
have an opportunity to eat a nutritious snack and enjoy board games and
other activities. Union Gas also supports the United Way of Sault Ste.
Marie, the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority, Ontario
Society for Crippled Children and the Sault Ste. Marie Soup Kitchen,
among other groups.
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 assets of over $5.6 billion and approximately
2,200 employees. For more information, visit uniongas.com.
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