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Powell River Action Centre Food Bank receives welcome donation

Western Forest Products presents cheque at a time of need
SEASONAL GIFT: Powell River Action Centre Food Bank manager Savanna Dee is with Steve Orchiston, manager, Western Forest Products [centre] and Ken Mackenzie, operations manager, Western Forest Products., who provided the food bank a $5,000 cheque.

Western Forest Products has contributed $5,000 to Powell River Action Centre Food Bank.

According to a media release, Western is sharing wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season with a contribution of $100,000 to support several Indigenous communities and community-based organizations in the areas where the company operates in British Columbia and Washington State. The financial support will assist communities and charitable organizations provide meals and toys for those who would otherwise go without, the release stated.

“This holiday season is the 31st year for the Powell River Action Centre Food Bank and we are in a crisis,” stated food bank manager Savanna Dee. “With the cost of living skyrocketing and flu season in full force, donations from corporations like Western Forest Products are crucial to our survival.

“We feed the working poor, seniors and the marginalized in our town, and could not fulfill our motto of feeding our community without this support. The need is great and we appreciate companies like Western Forest Products helping us to help our neighbours not go hungry.”

"The holiday season can be a difficult time for many and Western Forest Products is grateful to be able to play a part in spreading some joy and support to the communities where the company’s staff live and work," stated Steven Hofer, president and chief executive officer of Western Forest Products. “This contribution is one of the ways Western strives to make a positive difference in our local communities."

This holiday contribution continues the company’s long-term commitment toward investing in community needs in the areas where its employees live and work, the release stated. Through Western’s community enhancement fund, the company provides support to local community events, organizations and initiatives. Interested applicants can review eligibility requirements and apply online at

In addition to community contributions, Western takes pride in generating significant value in the areas in which it operates, including through tax payments, job creation, and the purchase of local goods and services, the release stated.

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