Dryden’s Domtar Mill has made huge donations of disposable face masks to help protect a number of organizations, residents and the Dryden community as a whole in the fight against COVID-19.

To help protect students and staff, Domtar has donated 4,000 face masks to Open Roads, New Prospect, Dryden High School, St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Ecole Catholique d l’Enfant-Jesus school.

Domtar has also donated 2,000 face masks to both Eagle Lake First Nation and Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation to help protect community members. That donation took place last month.

“As ongoing concerns about COVID-19 prevail, Domtar is happy to support our local classrooms and community partners with these donations”, says Marie Cyr, General Manager of the Domtar Dryden Pulp Mill. “We are a tight-knit community and the health and wellness of everyone in our region is important.”

As well, an additional 12,000 masks have been shared between the Northwestern Health Unit and the Kenora District Services Board, to ensure that front-line workers, patients and families remain as safe as possible throughout the pandemic.

The KDSB will be distributing their masks to their Early Years programs, Northwest Emergency Medical Services paramedics, and the region’s emergency shelters.

“The KDSB would like to extend a sincere thank you to Domtar Dryden for their generosity in donating 10,000 face masks,” said Henry Wall, Chief Administrative Officer of the KDSB.

“These masks will be used across KDSB’s services and programs to continue supporting the extensive COVID-19 efforts and the health and well-being of our staff and the people they serve during this extraordinary time. Domtar’s gift embodies the spirit of Northern Ontario by which we work together and support each other.”

In May, Domtar made a $5,000 donation that was shared between the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, the Dryden Regional Health Centre, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre and the Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital.

It was all to help hospitals purchase needed PPE materials and equipment in the fight against COVID-19, and they also supplied DRHC staff with additional PPE materials as well.

Domtar’s Dryden operation is considered essential, as they manufacture products such as towel and tissue products.

For more information:
Domtar donates PPE, $5,000 to local hospitals
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