Members of United Steel Workers (USW) Local 1-417 made a donation to Clearwater Secondary School (CSS) sports teams at a recent meeting for the union. (L-r) USW president Marty Gibbons, CSS principal and soccer coach, Darren Coates, CSS girls soccer players Annika Wadlegger, Vienna Wadlegger and Ahmae Eakins. Photo submitted

USW shows generosity despite tough times

Canfor employees present cheque for $500 to Clearwater Secondary School’s sports teams

The recent announcement regarding the closure of Canfor’s Vavenby mill hasn’t dampened the generosity of its employees, as shown by a recent donation made by the United Steel Workers Local 1-417 to a youth sports team.

Canfor employees held a meeting and barbecue at the Clearwater Elks Hall on Sunday to discuss the difficult situation, but before getting down to business, presented a cheque for $500 to the Clearwater Secondary School’s girls soccer team.

“The crew has already donated about $200 to support the soccer team going to provincials and we wanted to do more,” said Marty Gibbons, president of USW Local 1-417.

“Regardless of this, they’re going to donate another $500 to help the soccer team, (though) we were told the funds may be utilized to support other underprivileged children with sports, but we’re really leaving that up to the school, we’re good with that.”

UPDATE: 172 job layoffs as Canfor announces closure of Vavenby mill

Darren Coates, principal of CSS and one of the coaches for the girls soccer team, said because the team raised enough to make it to provincials that the money would indeed go into a fund to help disadvantaged kids afford to play in organized sports.

Coates added the donation was particularly humbling, considering the nature of USW’s situation and the reason for the event where the presentation took place.

“It’s generous when they’re all working and employed, but it’s humbling when they’re giving $500 when things are so incredibly challenging for that group right now,” he said.

“It’s just incredibly generous at this time when money’s tight for everybody, so we want to make sure it’s put to good use and it goes to the place where it has the greatest need and stretch those dollars.”

Gibbons said on Sunday that USW was trying to set up a meeting with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, as well as other government agencies, to find support for the workers facing layoffs from the mill’s closure.



newsroom@clearwatertimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Back in Time

Historical Perspective

New Director of Instruction, Elementary Education and Learning Services for SD73

Vessy Mochikas will assume responsibilities on Jan. 1

Local Rotary Club busy at work

Rotary hosts Christmas Tree Light-up, donates stationary bikes to students

Snowfall warning continues for parts of B.C.’s Interior

First significant snowfall of the season prompts Environment Canada warning

CSS students receive financial boost

Charles and Jean Whittaker Memorial Bursary helps with post-secondary studies

VIDEO: Boys help rescue Cariboo bear cub

The cub, weighing just 24lbs, has been taken to wildlife sanctuary in Northwest B.C. for the winter

Campbell River mom’s iPhone containing priceless photos stolen from Victoria hospital parkade

The phone contained photos, heartbeat recordings of her late son

Miller nets winner as Canucks edge Sabres 6-5 in OT

Roussel, Leivo tally two apiece for Vancouver

‘Norovirus-like’ outbreak interrupts Bantam hockey showcase in Greater Victoria

Several athletes were sent home, quarantined on the ferry

$578: that’s how much your first distracted driving ticket will cost with recent premium hikes

Over 50 per cent of Canadians admitted to using phone while driving last year, according to study

Kelowna man attempts to steal bait bike from RCMP parking lot

38-year-old Brian Richard Harbison is facing several charges

‘Things haven’t changed enough:’ Ecole Polytechnique anniversary prompts reflection

Fourteen women were fatally shot by a gunman at the Montreal school on Dec. 6, 1989

Bear raids freezer, gorges on Island family’s Christmas baking

Hungry bruin virtually ignored meat and fish, focused, instead, on the sweets

B.C. pharmaceutical company’s stocks double in value after successful lupus drug trial

More than 40 per cent of patients using voclosporin saw improvements in kidney function

Most Read