Union Gas Supports Leadership Waterloo Region with $5000 Grant

Kitchener - Waterloo, ON, June 24, 2015 – Union Gas helps address the leadership gap in Waterloo Region by supporting community focused leadership development opportunities through the continued support of the Community Leadership Development Program courtesy of a $5,000 grant awarded to Leadership Waterloo Region (LWR). 
Aaron Chapman, Union Gas manager construction and growth and a LWR alumnus, presented the cheque to Leadership Waterloo Region’s executive director Anne Lavender at the Annual Commencement ceremony held today at Luther Village on the Park in Waterloo. The event marked the completion of the program for 26 emerging leaders and 10 youth on board participants, and was attended by representatives and supporters from government, business and the social profit sectors in the Waterloo region community. 

“At Union Gas, we believe that investing in education creates lasting benefits for people and communities,” said Chapman. “We’re thrilled to continue our support of Leadership Waterloo Region and its Community Leadership Development Program, which is helping produce a succession of community leaders who will make a real and lasting contribution to the future of the Waterloo region.”

Leadership Waterloo Region’s Core Program brings together established and emerging community leaders to build a network that will continue the vision of those who built this amazing region. Tailored for busy professionals from business, government and social-profit, the Leadership Waterloo Region program provides an opportunity for participants to explore their personal leadership styles, practice leadership skills in a group setting and learn more about the community including its outstanding characteristics and challenges. 

Leadership Waterloo Region's 375 alumni are heavily involved on more than 400 local boards of directors and committees. In addition, some have elected to serve in public office. The organization regularly links alumni with leadership opportunities and helps social-profit organizations share information with the alumni network.

“Union Gas is a longtime supporter of Leadership Waterloo Region through financial contributions and by making it possible for one of their rising stars to participate in our program every year since 2003,” said Lavender. “We’re pleased to recognize Union Gas as an outstanding Corporate Citizen.”

For over 100 years, Union Gas has been privileged to work in more than 400 Ontario communities. In addition to providing natural gas delivery services for homes and businesses, Union Gas has contributed to the province through economic investments, available jobs, municipal taxes, energy efficiency programs, volunteer hours, charitable giving and sponsorships. Last year alone, Union Gas contributed over $3.3 million to community and charitable organizations across Ontario, including more than $1,019,000 to United Way. In addition Union Gas employees, retirees, family and friends provided over 19,600 volunteer hours to help strengthen the communities where they live and work. For more information visit uniongas.com/community.

About Leadership Waterloo Region

Leadership Waterloo Region works to sustain and improve our community by developing stronger leaders and by connecting them with important community initiatives and a network of other leaders.  For more information, visit leadershipwaterlooregion.org or find us on Twitter: twitter.com/LeadershipWR and Facebook: facebook.com/LeadershipWaterlooRegion.

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 2015, is a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company with assets of $7 billion and approximately 2,200 employees. For more information, visit uniongas.com or find us on Twitter: twitter.com/uniongas, Facebook: facebook.com/uniongas and YouTube: youtube.com/user/uniongas.


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

Leadership Waterloo Region
Anne Lavender
Executive Director
Ph:  519-742-7338
Twitter:  @LeadershipWR

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