The ACE wins it – hands down

Dianne Loewen, Forestlands and Public Affairs, Dryden Mill

Activities Committee for Employees – that is what “ACE” stands for, and this group is working hard to organize a variety of activities for employees and their families to enjoy in Dryden. The ultimate goals are to recognize employee efforts and achievements, and to foster well-being in the workplace.

The committee, established about two years ago, consists of union and staff representatives.   Since inception, the ACE has brought a variety of events and activities to their fellow employees including BBQs, golf tournaments, an ice fishing derby, coffee break treats during shutdowns, special occasion meals, books printed on Domtar paper, passes to the Dryden Ski Club and numerous free swim and skate days at the Dryden Recreation Complex.

The committee tries to provide a variety of activities to accommodate a wide range of employee interests – and it is always looking for new and creative ideas   During the summer, the committee acted on some of that input and offered coupons for a free round of golf and overnight camping at a local park.

Modest funding for the ACE’s initiatives is generated by achieving performance milestones at the facility, which are linked directly to safety and production goals.

“We see this as a way to recognize employees for the efforts they put forth in making our mill successful, not only from a production point of view, but most importantly, from a safety perspective,” said Dryden Mill General Manager, Jim Blight.

Response from employees has been extremely positive.   “I look forward to what the ACE has in store. They have done a great job so far and I have been impressed with the variety of activities to choose from,” says Annette Fishwick, Accounting Cost Analyst.

Not only are employees benefiting from the ACE’s initiatives, but the community is also seeing some positive spin-offs. All activities and events offer local businesses an opportunity to participate by providing products and services. The Dryden Ski Hill for instance, is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization, and the ski passes that the ACE provides to employees not only offer some extra revenue to that organization, but it may spark an interest in people to take up the sport and purchase annual memberships.

The ACE is dealing a winning hand to Domtar employees and the local community!