Union Gas Supports Pathways To Education Program With A $4,000 Grant

Hamilton, ON, May 2, 2016 - Union Gas supports the Pathway to Education Program, an innovative program designed to end the cycle of poverty for youth and their families by improving graduation rates among high school students from economically disadvantaged communities, at the North Hamilton Community Health Centre with a $4,000 grant.

"At Union Gas, we believe that investing in education creates lasting benefits for people and communities," said Mark Egbedeyi-Emmanuel, district manager Hamilton/Halton, Union Gas. "We're thrilled to support important educational programs in the communities we serve, such as the Pathway to Education Program which is helping youth here in Hamilton reach their full potential."

Pathways, is designed to help reduce poverty and its effects by lowering the dropout rate among high school students from economically disadvantaged communities and increase participation in post-secondary programs. It has been established in two neighbourhoods in North Hamilton starting with the 2009/2010 school year. What makes the Pathways program work is its comprehensive and integrated approach structured around four pillars of support: academic support through tutoring in core subjects; social support through workshops, events and community engagement; financial support through post-secondary scholarships and bus tickets/food vouchers, and one-on-one, individual mentoring support through a Pathways Coach.

"On behalf of the youth who will benefit from this generous donation, we would like to thank Union Gas. This support will enable young people to access education with the goal of employability, which will break the cycle of poverty," said Elizabeth Beader, Chief Executive Officer of North Hamilton Community Health Centre. "By working with our community partner, Union Gas, we are creating healthy, vital communities." 

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 over 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 Ontario. Union Gas is one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2016, and has assets of $7.2 billion and approximately 2,300 employees. For more information, visit uniongas.com.

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For more information, contact:

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
astass@uniongas.com

North Hamilton Community Heath Centre
Brent Esau
Pathways to Education Director
Ph: 905-523-6611 ext. 3050
For more information, visit nhchc.ca/pages/index/Pathways%20To%20Education or pathwaystoeducation.ca/hamilton or find us on Twitter and Facebook.