EDMONTON, Alberta, Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hudson Energy Canada Corp., a subsidiary of Just Energy Group Inc, a leading competitive North American retailer of natural gas, electricity and green energy, has donated a total of $5,000 to the Edmonton, Calgary and Wood Buffalo YMCAs. The funds will benefit the YMCA Strong Kids Campaignin each chapter. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120924/CL79027LOGO ) As a major annual fund-raising initiative of the YMCA, the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign helps thousands of people every year access YMCA programs and membership. With a mandate that no one should be turned away because of inability to pay, the funds raised give children, youth and adults an opportunity to join YMCA programs designed to promote health, education and job skills. Within this positive environment, young people gain the skills that lead to better life decisions. "We are committed to investing in the communities we serve," said Deb Merrill, President of Hudson Energy. "We are proud to support the YMCA in their effort to help people in need gain access to life enriching programs designed to improve lives and build healthier communities." "Our partnership with Hudson Energy will help to continue the support for programs that serve a great need in our local community," said Nick Parkinson, Vice President, Asset Management and Health, Fitness and Recreation, YMCA of Edmonton. As much as 25% of YMCA children and youth are supported through gifts to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. In addition to the charitable donation, Hudson Energy provides natural gas supply to the Edmonton, Calgary and Wood Buffalo YMCA chapters. About YMCA of Edmonton The YMCA of Edmonton is a charitable organization that serves people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities through a variety of programs and initiatives, and encourages them to get involved in helping make their community a better place. The Post-Secondary Graduate Eco Internship Program enables post-secondary graduates from diverse backgrounds to participate in paid internships that have a focus on the environment. These internships, offered within a wide range of organizations, help young graduates learn the skills required to gain and sustain future employment.