Thunder Bay United Way and Union Gas Step Up

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$29,277 for United Way of Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY – Business News – “Union Gas and it’s employee-led United Way campaign have been an example in how together we can achieve great things! There is a need to help and United Way through contributions like yours assist one in three people in our community,” said Joanne Kembel, United Way of Thunder Bay executive director. “Kids will receive warm clothes, neighbors will feel safer in their community and people will have their empty cupboards filled with nutritious food. By giving to one organization you have impacted 29 essential agencies here in Thunder Bay and we thank you for looking into your hearts and being an example in how together we can make change happen.”

Steve Baker, the Union Gas President states, “For over a century, we’ve been active members of Ontario’s communities — and today we live and work in more than 400 of them across the province. We strive every day to be your community’s Partner of Choice”.

“Union Gas – a Spectra Energy company – is committed to investing in the communities we serve through a comprehensive community relations program that includes donations for charitable organizations, sponsorships, in-kind contributions and volunteerism. We support everything from annual United Way campaigns to local conservation areas and food banks, from programs that teach children about safety to ones that bring them closer to nature. Simply put, we are investing in making life better,” commented Baker.

Union Gas has raised $29,277 for United Way of Thunder Bay, the largest amount ever raised by the company during the annual fundraising campaign.

“Year after year, Union Gas employees and retirees bring our company value of community building to life through their generous support of United Way,” said David Sword, Union Gas district manager for northwestern Ontario. “As long-standing members of the Thunder Bay community, I’m very proud that our support of United Way and the good work it does here continues to grow stronger, year after year.”

All individual employee and retiree donations made during the campaign, which is led by a dedicated volunteer group, are matched dollar for dollar by Union Gas’ parent company, Spectra Energy – doubling the community benefit.

For over 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 about $3 million to charitable organizations across Ontario, including a year-round Winter Warmth program that provides emergency relief for low-income families who have a difficult time paying their natural gas bills during the year. For more information visit

“Community matters at Union Gas. Through our continued support of United Way and our many other corporate charitable giving programs, we are making a difference for individuals and families here in Thunder Bay,” added Sword.

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