Union Gas Supports Environmental Education Through A $2,500 Grant To Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve

Parry Sound, ON, November 2, 2017 - Union Gas supports conservation and environmental education through a $2,500 grant to Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve in support of the Lessons-in-a-Backpack Program

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Names, from left to right: Laura Peddie, GBBR Board volunteer; Ed Gouweloos, Utility Service Construction Manager, Union Gas; Becky Pollock, Executive Director of GBBR; Rob McKinnon, Working Team Lead, Union Gas; Greg Mason, General Manager, GBBR

"At Union Gas, we're dedicated to the environment and to conservation programs," said Ed Gouweloos, utility service manager Orillia, Union Gas. "That's why we choose to invest in environmental education programs, such as 'Lessons-in-a-Backpack' provided by Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve."

The Lessons-in-a-Backpack are teaching resources and activities that are designed for teachers in the Parry Sound area, along eastern Georgian Bay from Honey Habour to the French River. Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve staff have created over 30 lessons based on the Ontario curriculum for grades 2-10 that create opportunities for outdoor learning. The topics range from endangered species and their habitats, to geology and wetlands, as well as energy and water conservation. They are available for download from www.gbbr.ca.

"This generous grant from Union Gas will directly support environmental education in eastern Georgian Bay, and will help us to reach over 1,000 students this year," said Dr. Rebecca Pollock, executive director of the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve. "We want to deliver engaging, hands-on outdoor education so that a whole generation of youth become stewards of this environment. With support from partners, we can connect more students to this unique region, designated by UNESCO as a world biosphere reserve."

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 1.5 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

Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve
Rebecca Pollock
Executive Director
Ph: 705 774-0978

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