Union Gas invests in safety of Chatham-Kent children

    Chatham-Kent Children's Safety Village and Union Gas celebrate successful
    first year of safety programming at the Union Gas Learning Centre

    CHATHAM, ON, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - Union Gas President Julie Dill, Chatham-Kent
Children's Safety Village President Gary Patterson and Chatham-Kent Mayor
Randy Hope, gathered at the Chatham-Kent Children's Safety Village to
celebrate the success of the Union Gas Learning Centre - a central component
of this important community safety project.
    Built with funds donated by Union Gas, the 7,500 square foot, interactive
learning center provides educators with a unique venue to demonstrate safety
procedures in a hands-on way that children will find easy to remember.
    Over the past year, the learning centre has been ramping-up its classroom
based programming for students, while the construction of the village itself
is moving towards completion.
    "Union Gas is committed to safety both on and off the job and to giving
back to the communities in which we operate. That's why our support for the
Chatham-Kent Children's safety village, and six other safety villages across
Ontario, was such a natural fit for us. We understand that accidents are
preventable and that adopting a safety mindset is essential to accident
prevention," said Dill.
    "Over 2,500 children have already participated in safety programs at the
Union Gas Learning Center where they have had the opportunity to practice real
life skills that reduce the risk they will face injury due to a preventable
incident," said Patterson. "Once the village is entirely completed, we expect
annual attendance to exceed 6,000".
    "The Chatham-Kent Safety village plays a vital role in educating,
engaging, and ultimately, protecting Chatham-Kent youth," said Mayor Hope. "I
also want to congratulate Union Gas for their commitment to safety and for
their contribution and ongoing support of the Children's Safety Village. Union
Gas continues to act as a positive community partner in Chatham-Kent and we
value the investments the company makes locally and across Ontario. Both
organizations are to be commended."

    The Chatham-Kent Children's Safety Village is a not-for-profit charity
that strives to educate the children of our community about day to day
dangers. We offer training for students in grades 1, 4 and 6 which is
facilitated by our partners from Chatham-Kent Emergency Services and other
safety professionals. It is our mission to promote the health and safety of
children in conjunction with Chatham-Kent Emergency Services and our community

    Union Gas is an integrated natural gas storage, transmission and
distribution company serving about 1.3 million residential, commercial and
industrial customers in more than 400 communities in northern, southwestern
and eastern Ontario. The company also provides storage and transportation
services to other utilities and energy market participants in Ontario, Quebec
and the United States. Union Gas is a Spectra Energy company.

For further information:

For further information: Andrea Stass, Manager, Media Relations, Union
Gas Limited, (519) 436-5490, astass@uniongas.com; Barb Lovell, Interim
Executive Director, Chatham-Kent Safety Village, (519) 360-1270,

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