Union Gas supports safety programs for First Nation communities

$2,500 Gift to Canadian Red Cross Society

THUNDER BAY, ON, Dec. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Union Gas today announced a $2,500 grant to the Canadian Red Cross Society in support of their First Aid and Injury Prevention Program for First Nation communities in Couchiching, Constance Lake and Fort William.

David Sword, Union Gas district manager for northwest district, presented the cheque to Rob Zuback, donor relations manager for the Canadian Red Cross Society, at the organization's office on Barton Street in Thunder Bay.

"A passionate commitment to safety is central to our business culture and operations. It is one of our core values, and part of everything we do from ensuring our pipeline system is in safe operating condition at all times, to supporting important safety initiatives in the communities we serve," said Sword. "That's why we are so pleased to support the Canadian Red Cross Society's First Aid and Injury Prevention Program and the work they do to improve the safety of citizens in our First Nation communities."

"We are delighted that Union Gas recognizes the work of the Canadian Red Cross in helping to make communities safer, particularly for those most vulnerable," said Zuback.

The gift will support the Red Cross' Strength and Spirit Campaign through which the Canadian Red Cross will work in partnership with First Nation communities to enhance their capacity to promote health, prepare for and respond to disasters and emergencies, prevent injuries, and address abuse and violence. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for families and individuals in these communities.

Over the past 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 more than $900,000 to United Way. For more information visit uniongas.com/community.

About Canadian Red Cross Society
The Canadian Red Cross mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.  The Society is the leading humanitarian organization through which people voluntarily demonstrate their caring for others in need.  All Red Cross programs and activities are guided by the Fundamental Principles of Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality. These principles allow us to provide help immediately to whoever needs it, wherever they are, whatever their race, political beliefs, religion, social status, or culture.

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 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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For further information:

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

Canadian Red Cross Society
Rob Zuback
Manager, Donor Relations/Acting Sr. Mgr Corporate Partnerships
Northern Region Department of Philanthropy
Canadian Red Cross, Ontario Zone
1145 Barton Street | Thunder Bay | ON | CA | P7B 5N3
T 807-623-3073 ext 101 | 807-627-8210 | F 807-622-1031

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