Vavenby mill wins Polar Cup again

The employees at Canfor’s Vavenby sawmill are big supporters of their local United Way

Employees and senior staff line up to hold the Polar Cup during a lunch held at Canfor-Vavenby on March 8 to celebrate raising the most money per capita for United Way for the second year in a row. Pictured are (back, l-r) Dave Ramsay, Kalin Ulrich, Kathy Coburn, Matt Franks, Luke Drapeau, Stephen Mackie, Kevin Horsnell, Andy Becker, John Stone, Bob Montague, Andreas Kammenos, Russ Martin, Amanda Charette, (hiding right behind her is Paul Frediani), Ken Lloyd,  Lee Thorpe, Andrew Lavigne, Steve Planeta, (front) holding trophy – Duncan Smith, Regional HR Manager, Frances Johnson – Vavenby employee and member of United Way committee, Sam Braaten, and John Gerber.

Employees and senior staff line up to hold the Polar Cup during a lunch held at Canfor-Vavenby on March 8 to celebrate raising the most money per capita for United Way for the second year in a row. Pictured are (back, l-r) Dave Ramsay, Kalin Ulrich, Kathy Coburn, Matt Franks, Luke Drapeau, Stephen Mackie, Kevin Horsnell, Andy Becker, John Stone, Bob Montague, Andreas Kammenos, Russ Martin, Amanda Charette, (hiding right behind her is Paul Frediani), Ken Lloyd, Lee Thorpe, Andrew Lavigne, Steve Planeta, (front) holding trophy – Duncan Smith, Regional HR Manager, Frances Johnson – Vavenby employee and member of United Way committee, Sam Braaten, and John Gerber.

The employees at Canfor’s Vavenby sawmill are big supporters of their local United Way and they have proven it with a trophy-winning donation of $37,000.

Every year, Canfor operations in B.C. and Alberta run a fall campaign to donate to the United Way – money donated goes to United Way organizations in Vancouver, East Kootenays, Kamloops, northern B.C., and Grande Prairie.

The division with the highest donation (per employee) wins the Polar Cup, bragging rights for a year, and a steak dinner served at their mill by the Canfor senior team.

Canfor-Vavenby’s donation to the United Way in 2015 was $34,000 and they took the cup for the first time.

In 2016 they increased their donation to $37,000 and won the trophy for a second year in a row.

The crew dinners were held in the Vavenby mobile shop, usually used for repairing forklifts and log-yard equipment but in this case converted to a swanky restaurant with steak, baked potatoes and all the fixings.

The United Way appreciates all the employees at Vavenby for their remarkable generosity.

Also appreciated is everyone who organized the dinners, senior vice-president Stephen Mackie and the wood products management team who came out to recognize the crews and thanks especially to human resources administrator Samantha Braaten for her great work in leading the Vavenby United Way campaign.

No division has ever won the Polar Cup three years in a row and Vavenby is determined to be sitting down for another steak dinner next year.

The challenge is on!

 

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