Union Gas Helps YMCA Children's Safety Village Teach Children About Safety Courtesy of a $3,000 Grant

London, ON, May 16, 2017 - Union Gas is helping the YMCA Children's Safety Village reduce childhood injuries by teaching children from Kindergarten to grade four about personal responsibility and awareness regarding safety, through a $3,000 grant awarded today.

"At Union Gas, we put safety above all else, both on the job and off the job," said Kris Dixon, utility services manager, Union Gas.  "That's why we are pleased to support important safety educational programs like the hands-on safety lessons provided by the Safety Village."

YMCA Children's Safety Village Presentation

Photo from left to right: Heidi Peever – VP, development, YMCA, Anne Baxter – director, marketing & communications, YMCA, Kris Dixon - Utility Services Manager, Union Gas and Ryan Johnson - supervisor of day camp, outdoor education, YMCA & The Children’s Safety Village

The YMCA Children's Safety Village is a child-sized village located in the Thames Valley District, within the Fanshawe Conservation Area. The Children's Safety Village helps reduce injuries by providing hands-on safety lessons to more than 5,000 children from kindergarten to grade four each year.  Students learn about taking individual responsibility and being safety aware while travelling in cars, riding bikes, walking down the street, being in the kitchen and encountering a fire in the home. The lessons are taught by educators from the local police and fire department and link directly to the Healthy Living Strand under Personal Safety and Injury Prevention Expectations.

"The YMCA Children's Safety Village is delighted to partner with Union Gas again this year to deliver hands-on safety education to our local children. In 2016, 5,500 children learned critical safety skills here at the Safety Village, a noteworthy achievement. With dedicated community partners like Union Gas, we are able to ensure that our local children are taking home safety lessons that are meaningful and make an impact in their lives," said Chris Wick, regional manager of camps, YMCA Children's Safety Village. "Thank you, Union Gas, for your ongoing support in helping the YMCA strengthen our community!"

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

YMCA Children's Safety Village
Anne Baxter
Director, Marketing & Communications
Ph: 519-907-5500 ext. 1141

For more information, visit http://ymcawo.ca/childrens-safety-village or find us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.