Kamloops Employees Share Reward with Food Bank

From left: Nels Goddard, Homer Hamm, Bob Stephens, Bernadette Siracky -Executive Director Kamloops Food Bank , Paul Fehr, Carol Lapointe, Wes Graham – Operations Manager Kamloops Food Bank

Canada, British Columbia, Kamloops, Friday April 1, 2016

2015 year was a big year for Kamloops Mill, and because of the generosity of Domtar colleagues, the community shared in the rewards.

The mill received company recognition for its outstanding results: a safety award for having the lowest TFR (total frequency rate) and the Pinnacle Award for environmental performance. The mill also broke long-standing production records, making it one of Kamloops’ best years in its 50-year history.

Colleagues at the mill were rewarded with a recognition gift, and at the suggestion of one employee, everyone was given an opportunity to donate the cash value or her or his gift to the local food bank.

The Kamloops Food Bank, like many others, receives large donations during the Christmas season, but suffers a drop-off afterward. Mill employees were given the option of taking a gift certificate to a local retailer or donating all or a portion of the value to the local Kamloops Food Bank. Through this effort, employees raised more than $5,900 for the food bank.

“This Kamloops Mill employee donation makes a huge difference to the community and for people in need,” said Bernadette Siracky, the food bank’s executive director, when the check was presented on March 15. “So many people walk into the food bank faced with unexpected issues of unemployment or complicating health issues that don’t allow them to get the food they need for daily living.

“All of us are just one tragedy away from being a person that needs the assistance of a food bank.”

Kamloops Mill has a strong tradition of giving. In 2015, the mill also made the largest workplace contribution to the city’s United Way campaign.

Siracky expressed her gratitude for the generous gift from employees and this tangible demonstration of Domtar’s value of caring.