Western Forest Products Inc. has made a donation of $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross BC Fires Appeal Campaign.
With the provincial and federal governments matching donations to support the Canadian Red Cross campaign in B.C., this brings the total contribution to $150,000. The donation will be used to support impacted communities with immediate relief efforts, along with long term recovery and preparedness for future events.
“This is a tremendously difficult time for individuals and families and our thoughts are with all of those impacted, including community residents, first responders and volunteers,” said Don Demens, WFP’s president and chief executive officer. “We are proud to support the Canadian Red Cross and will continue to do what we can to assist emergency responders in the communities where we operate to help keep communities safe.
“Safety is a core value at Western and the potential devastation that wildfires pose to communities is top of mind during the fire season. Staff members of our timberlands’ operations are trained in forest fire fighting and often are the first responders on scene, due to our comprehensive knowledge of the terrain and the remote nature of our tenures. Western is intimately connected to the communities where we operate, and we assist with personnel and equipment to fight fires and keep individuals and communities safe through our long-standing partnership with B.C. Wildfire Services.”
Western is an integrated forest products company building a margin-focused log and lumber business to compete successfully in global softwood markets. Operations and employees are located primarily on the coast of B.C., including Chemainus, and Washington State.
Western has a long-term commitment towards investing in community needs in the areas where its employees live and work. Through Western’s Community Enhancement Fund, the company provides support to local community events, organizations and initiatives.