Union Gas Supports Bicycle Safety Program With $3,500 Grant To Waterloo Region Children's Safety Village

Cambridge, ON, June 6, 2017 - Union Gas supports the grade three bicycle safety program courtesy of a $3,500 grant to Waterloo Region Children's Safety Village.

"At Union Gas, we put safety above all else, both on the job and off the job," said Rick Bigelow, utility services manager Waterloo, Union Gas. "Because of our safety culture, we make it a priority to support local safety initiatives like the bicycle safety program provided by Waterloo Region Children's Safety Village, teaching road safety to local children."

Waterloo Region Children's Safety Village Presentation

Lee Fitzpatrick, Chair of the Safety Village, Constable Carol Grandy, Police Educator, Rick Bigelow, utility services manager Waterloo, Union Gas and Taryn Dzelme, administrative assistant Waterloo/Brantford District, Union Gas

The Children's Safety Village bike safety program teaches rules of the road, understanding traffic signs, signals and even round-abouts, bicycle hand signals, helmet safety and bike checks.  Helmet safety is an important aspect of the program because it teaches children the importance of a proper fitting helmet and the benefits of wearing a helmet.  Children apply the lessons learned through participation in the outdoor portion of the program, riding bikes and scooters through the Village practicing the rules of the road and hand signals.  One of the objectives of the program is for children to take the lessons home and share with their families, helping to keep everyone safe.

"The Safety Village is honoured to receive on-going support from Union Gas.  They are actively involved with the Village and have sponsored and/or supported many projects through Helping Hands in Action, Children's Hero Awards and Halloween in the Village. We are so grateful for the generous support you continue to provide and for your commitment to helping the children in the Waterloo Region stay safe," said Constable Carol Grandy, police educator, Children's Safety Village.  "These funds will help to update our equipment for the children to better their learning experiences while visiting the Village."

About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited 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 2017, and has assets of $8.2 billion and approximately 2,300 employees.  For more information, visit uniongas.com.

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For more information, contact:

Union Gas Limited
David Primorac
External Communications and Media Relations
Ph: 519 436-4600 ext. 5002058

Waterloo Region Children's Safety Village
Lee Fitzpatrick, Chair of the Safety Village
Ph: 519-650-8500 ext. 8855
Constable Carol Grandy, Police Educator
Ph: 519-650-8500 ext. 8889
Becky Moore, City of Kitchener Fire Department, Fire Educator
Ph: 519-653-4311
For more information, visit waterlooregioncsv.com.