Staff with Dryden’s Domtar Mill have helped arrange donations of personal protective equipment and $5,000 in cash for a number of local hospitals in the fight against COVID-19.

Students from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine reached out to Domtar asking for donations of PPE for distribution to regional hospitals.

Dryden’s Domtar was able to provide a small amount of PPE materials to the Dryden Regional Health Centre, and supplemented that with financial donations to regional hospitals to purchase the needed PPE materials.

“We recognize how challenged the health care system is during this time and we want to offer our support,” says Marie Cyr, General Manager of the Dryden Mill. “We hope this contribution can help offset some of the additional financial burden the hospitals are facing during this time. We thank our health care providers for all they are doing in Northwestern Ontario to keep us safe.”

In total, a $5,000 donation was shared amongst the NOSM, the DRHC, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre and the Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital.

“The fact that Domtar took the time to look internally for supplies is very much appreciated, but then to go beyond that and look for another way to help is truly going above and beyond,” said Phil Thompson, Regional Manager, Distribution and Data Management of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

Domtar’s Dryden operation is considered essential, as they manufacture products such as towel and tissue products. A scheduled shutdown of the mill for maintenance is expected next month.

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