City employees, Union Gas support United Way


United Way Thunder Bay had a big day on Thursday.
Employees of the City of Thunder Bay, Superior North EMS, Thunder Bay Public Library and the Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board delivered pledges and donations to the United Way worth more than $250,000.
And, Union Gas’ employee fundraising campaign, with matching dollars from the company, raised almost $25,000 for the cause — the largest donation to United Way Thunder Bay in the company’s 100-year history.
United Way executive director Joanne Kembel accepted the donations during a ceremony at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium:
• $200,026.02 from city employees.
• $32,870.82, from Norm Gale, Superior North EMS, chief.
• $15,908.73, from Bill Bradica, social services board acting-CAO.
• $3,283 from the library’s Barb Philp.
“I am so proud of the municipal division for the results we achieved for the United Way this year, and for what we’ve been able to accomplish over the last 17,” said Carol Busch, municipal division campaign chairwoman and 2012 United Way campaign chairwoman .
“This was our best year yet (raising more than $70,000 over last year’s total pledge). We had a lofty goal, and we blew it out of the water,” she said, noting “the generosity of our employees is nothing short of amazing. I’m thrilled to present these funds today and for the positive impact I know it will have for our community.
“Tbaytel also deserves special thanks for their 17 years of continued corporate sponsorship, which contributes directly to the success of the campaign,” Busch said.
“Our campaign is really about committed people caring, getting involved and inspiring others for the betterment of the community — I think our results clearly demonstrate that,’’ she added.
Union Gas district manager David Sword said the company “has a long history and a very strong bond with United Way. It’s a fundamental part of our commitment to give back to the communities where we live and work.
The Union Gas campaign is led by volunteers and all individual employee and retiree donations made during the campaign are matched dollar for dollar by Union Gas parent company Spectra Energy — doubling the community benefit.
The United Way’s fundraising total is now at $1,646,412. With two weeks left, the campaign is $955,600 short of its target.