Domtar staff like having visits from area students. The company recently funded the 62nd Annual Conservation Camp for Grade 9 students at Dryden High School.
Employee volunteers from the company’s pulp mill in Dryden served as instructors and coordinators at the camp. The three-day course began on May 29th, and it provided hands-on opportunities for the Grade 9 visitors from Dryden High School, so they could learn about the sustainable management of water, soils, wildlife and forests from professionals in the resources industry.
Domtar makes a wide variety of everyday products from sustainable wood fiber, and the company is one of the world’s largest producers of a complete line of absorbent hygiene solutions, as well as an innovator in absorbent technology. The Dryden operation employs more than 380 people in the community, and it produces Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft pulp, which is suitable for a variety of uses.
For the last six decades, the Dryden mill has provided the resources for program organization and development. It also has professional foresters to guide students, as they learn about harvesting, regeneration, stakeholder values. Together, this offers insights into what it takes to be environmentally responsible in the forest.
Domtar is committed to investing in the local communities, where it operates. Domtar’s commitment to sustainability, one of the company’s core corporate giving pillars, takes many forms.
It ranges from the products it makes to the local community service projects the employees support.
“We are so pleased to continue to deliver this program and celebrate its 62nd year, because it is an excellent way for our local youth to gain a greater appreciation for our natural surroundings,” says Dianne Loewen, Domtar’s coordinator for forestlands and public affairs and the conservation camp organizer.
“It gives them an opportunity to learn about our region’s core industry and understand the importance of the resource sector here in northwestern Ontario,” Loewen continued.
Beginning in 1957, the Conservation Camp -- once known as the Conservation Course -- has educated students from Dryden High School, focusing on resource management and conservation concepts. The instructors and coordinators supporting this program,come from industry, government agencies, Domtar, and the education community.
“It is incredible that Dryden High School Conservation Camp has been running annually for a little over 60 years,” said Richard Hodgkinson, the principal at Dryden High School.
“In a time when we are now starting to understand the impact on our environment, and the need for conservation and sustainability, it is imperative that we help our youth understand, respect and conserve our natural resources. The students at DHS tremendously benefit from this great opportunity of hands-on and out-in-the-field learning with their teacher and our community partners, working together to help develop a positive vision of the future for our youth and our area,” he added.