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May 7

New navigation equipment for Quinte Search and Rescue thanks to Veridian grant
Mayor Neil Ellis, Veridian Chair Doug Dickerson, and company President and CEO Michael Angemeer help unveil new equipment.

Belleville, ON May 7, 2012 – A generous grant from Veridian Connections (Veridian) has helped fund the essential navigation and electronic equipment needed to maintain Quinte Search and Rescue’s (QSAR) vital rescue service. The new equipment was unveiled today by the volunteer members of QSAR, Belleville Mayor Neil Ellis, Veridian Chair Doug Dickerson, and company President and CEO Michael Angemeer at the Meyers Pier Rescue Dock.

In April 2011, QSAR commissioned a new, 29-foot (8.8 meter) purpose-built rescue vessel – christened the Bruce A. Sutcliffe – after successfully obtaining a capital grant from the government. While the new vessel will assist the volunteers in their response to emergencies on the water, the unit still required help to outfit the new boat.

“The grant from the Veridian has ensured that the volunteer members of QSAR will have a safe, effective and efficient search and rescue platform that can be used in all weather,” said QSAR Unit Leader, Peter Windfeld. “By helping to equip the new vessel, Veridian has helped enhance our life-saving capability on the water, improve safety and all-weather operation. We’re delighted.”

“We take corporate social responsibility very seriously at Veridian,” explains Dickerson. “In addition to the company’s annual budget for community building, education and hospitals, Veridian and its employees give generously and without hesitation to many worthwhile community organizations like Quinte Search and Rescue.”

About Quinte Search and Rescue
Quinte Search and Rescue (QSAR) is a community-based volunteer group committed to providing timely marine search and rescue services in the region, and to promoting boating safety and accident prevention on the water. QSAR serves the communities along the Bay of Quinte — Belleville, Quinte West, Napanee, the Tyendinega Mohawk Territory, Deseronto, Prince Edward County and adjacent areas and waters.

About Veridian Connections
Veridian Connections Inc. safely and reliably delivers electricity to more than 115,000 customers in the cities of Pickering and Belleville, the towns of Ajax, Port Hope and Gravenhurst, and the communities of Uxbridge, Bowmanville, Newcastle, Orono, Port Perry, Beaverton, Sunderland and Cannington. Veridian Connections is a wholly owned subsidiary of Veridian Corporation. The City of Pickering, the Town of Ajax, the Municipality of Clarington and the City of Belleville jointly own Veridian Corporation.

For more information, contact:

Chris Mace
PR Representative – Corp. Communications
Veridian Connections Inc.
P: 905-427-9870, extension 2218
C: 905-621-2549

Peter Windfeld, Unit Leader
Quinte Search and Rescue
613-242-3808
peterwindfeld@live.com