Five people involved with Canfor-Vavenby’s campaign to raise money for the United Way hold a banner following one of several lunches held for the workers. Holding the banner are (l-r) Christina Fillion, planer employee and member of Canfor-Vavenby’s United Way campaign committee; Danalee Baker, executive director, Thompson-Nicola-Cariboo United Way; Steve Planeta, plant manager, Canfor-Vavenby; Chris May, quality control supervisor and member of Canfor-Vavenby’s United Way campaign committee; and Leslie Groulx, CAO District of Clearwater and board member of Thompson-Nicola-Cariboo United Way. The banner reads, “We are the first division to win the Polar Cup three years in a row! Thank you for helping raise $42,747.50 for our community ($244.27 per capita).”

Five people involved with Canfor-Vavenby’s campaign to raise money for the United Way hold a banner following one of several lunches held for the workers. Holding the banner are (l-r) Christina Fillion, planer employee and member of Canfor-Vavenby’s United Way campaign committee; Danalee Baker, executive director, Thompson-Nicola-Cariboo United Way; Steve Planeta, plant manager, Canfor-Vavenby; Chris May, quality control supervisor and member of Canfor-Vavenby’s United Way campaign committee; and Leslie Groulx, CAO District of Clearwater and board member of Thompson-Nicola-Cariboo United Way. The banner reads, “We are the first division to win the Polar Cup three years in a row! Thank you for helping raise $42,747.50 for our community ($244.27 per capita).”

Canfor-Vavenby wins Polar Cup for third time

The name might need to be changed to the Vavenby Cup, some say

By Keith McNeill

There were a lot of proud faces at Canfor-Vavenby last week as the division celebrated winning the Polar Cup for an unprecedented third year in a row.

The cup goes to the division within the company that raises the most for the United Way on a per capita basis.

This year the division raised $42,750 or $244 per capita.

This compares with $37,000 last year and $34,000 the year before.

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Altogether, Canfor-Vavenby has collected $177,000 over the past six years for United Way, said Duncan Smith, regional human resources manager and Canfor’s company-wide United Way campaign coordinator.

Smith has a special connection to his area as he grew up in Vavenby and Clearwater. His father Ross Smith worked for Weyerhaeuser and his mother Louise Smith was a schoolteacher.

Danalea Baker, executive director of the Thompson-Nicola-Cariboo United Way, said that all the money raised in the North Thompson stays in the Valley. Representatives of local donors help decide where it goes. She noted that the United Way worked with the Red Cross to help those affected by last summer’s wildfires and that the two agencies are already planning for the next disaster.

“Your contributions have made a huge difference to the seniors of Clearwater and Wells Gray Country,” said Sandra Holmes, president of the Wells Gray Seniors Society. Money from the United Way helps the society put on monthly luncheons for seniors that include speakers on relevant topics.



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Andy Becker, general manager operations for the southern Interior, tells the Canfor-Vavenby employees how impressed he is.

Andy Becker, general manager operations for the southern Interior, tells the Canfor-Vavenby employees how impressed he is.

Stephen Mackie, senior vice president operations, Canada, congratulates the employees of Canfor-Vavenby.

Stephen Mackie, senior vice president operations, Canada, congratulates the employees of Canfor-Vavenby.

(L-r) Duncan Smith, Steve Planeta and Danalee Baker point to the three small plaques saying “Canfor-Vavenby” on the Polar Cup.                                Photos by Keith McNeill

(L-r) Duncan Smith, Steve Planeta and Danalee Baker point to the three small plaques saying “Canfor-Vavenby” on the Polar Cup. Photos by Keith McNeill