Paper Excellence donates $10,000 to Buckland Fire and Rescue in Response to Cloverdale Fire

For Immediate Release:

[Prince Albert, SK] – Paper Excellence thanks all agencies involved in extinguishing the Coverdale fire and protecting Prince Albert Pulp Inc. from potentially catastrophic fire damage, and today announced that it is donating $10,000 to the volunteer Buckland Fire and Rescue department.

“We know many people came together to fight the blaze and protect not only our mill, but homes and other businesses—the City of Prince Albert Fire Department crews, Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA), Buckland Fire and Rescue, Garden River Fire Department, and all others that volunteered and lent a hand working on the fire. We can’t thank everyone personally, so we hope this donation of $10,000 to the Buckland Fire and Rescue will make a difference to the whole community,” said Kelvin Winge, Site Manager, Prince Albert Pulp Inc.

“I thank Paper Excellence for this generous donation,” said Garry Schrader, Fire Chief, Buckland Fire and Rescue. “The average cost of a fire call can range from $5000 to more than $50,000, so this donation makes a meaningful impact to our bottom line.”

“I’m continuing to work with the Prince Albert Fire Department to manage the ongoing impacts of the fire on the mill site—I’m grateful for all the work and support they are providing to us,” said Winge. Paper Excellence is the in process of restarting the Prince Albert mill which is located within the City of Prince Albert city limits with a portion of the site located in the Rural Municipality of Buckland.

For more information about the Prince Albert restart, please visit:
The Prince Albert page on our website: Prince Albert – Paper Excellence Group
The Prince Albert Pulp Facebook page: Prince Albert Pulp Inc. | Facebook

Photo above: Dale Richardson, Community Relations Manager, presents Paper Excellence’s $10,000 donation to Garry Schrader, Fire Chief of Buckland Fire and Rescue. (Left to right: Keray Wenzel, President, Buckland Fire and Rescue Board of Directors; Chris Doucette, Deputy Fire Chief; Dale Richardson, Community Relations Manager, Paper Excellence; Garry Schrader, Fire Chief; Leonard Yungwirth, Buckland Fire and Rescue Board member
Photo credit: Heather Walker
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Additional photo in press release: The staff at the Prince Albert pulp mill show their appreciation to everyone who helped contain the Coverdale fire and protect local homes, businesses, and Prince Albert Pulp Inc. from fire damage. (Left to right: Bob Hajnal, Construction Safety Manager; Louanne Gilmour, Environmental Coordinator; Kelvin Winge, Site Manager; Brett Knoll, QA/QC Manager)
Photo credit: Heather Walker
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Paper Excellence, headquartered in British Columbia, is a diversified manufacturer of pulp and specialty, printing, writing, and packaging papers. The company operates seven mills and a large-scale cargo distribution centre in Canada producing and shipping over 2.8 million tonnes annually with a workforce of more than 2,800. Paper Excellence is poised to continue to grow with its strategy of operational excellence and high-quality, cost-effective products.

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