On May 24, a group of hearty, community-minded Resolute employees and contractors participated in Spring Up to Clean Up , an annual campaign to beautify public areas around Thunder Bay (Ontario). The campaign, funded by the City of Thunder Bay, was organized by EcoSuperior , a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship in northwestern Ontario and the Lake Superior Basin.
Resolute teams set out to spruce up (pun intended) the green space surrounding our Thunder Bay pulp and paper mill. And spruce it up, they did! The team spent the afternoon collecting refuse that had, until not too long ago, been buried under a winter’s worth of snow. Andrew Bishop, the mill’s assistant controller, described the event as a huge success: “We gathered over 60 bags of garbage and a plethora of larger waste items.”
Employees from our valued forestry contractor, Dallan Forestry, also took part in the initiative, and the company generously loaned their truck to the clean-up crew. The sense of teamwork and pride was evident among all those who came out to contribute their time.
Spring Up to Clean Up began in 1996 when a ten-year-old Thunder Bay resident, Elizabeth DeBakker, addressed City Council about litter in the municipality’s parks. Councillors took her concerns seriously and passed a resolution to launch a municipal clean-up program, demonstrating that sometimes, all it takes is one person to spark change.
Kudos to all those who participated in Spring Up to Clean Up this year. We’re inspired by your commitment to the community and environment!