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Community Life at Resolute: Q3-2022 Highlights

Resolute is focused on building mutually beneficial relationships in the communities in which we live and work. We demonstrate this commitment through transparency, information-sharing and active involvement in community life.

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1. Scholarship handoff ceremony through the Coosa Pines (Alabama) pulp mill scholarship program. Sydney Ezekiel, university student and scholarship recipient (left), and Andrea Hollingsworth, controller, Coosa Pines mill.

2. Carpenter apprentices participate in training course given by Carpenters Union Local 1669, using lumber donated by our Thunder Bay (Ontario) sawmill.

3. On September 9, Resolute’s business partners and employees joined President and Chief Executive Officer Remi Lalonde and other members of our executive team on the Grande virée à vélo du président in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean (Quebec).

Making newcomers feel welcome

The war in Ukraine and a shortage of workers in Northwestern Ontario prompted a unique recruitment strategy this past quarter: hiring Ukrainian workers. In collaboration with community partners like the Newcomer Centre of Peel, our Atikokan sawmill welcomed 17 Ukrainian refugees, totaling 40 including those hired at the Ignace and Thunder Bay sawmills. We anticipate hiring many more Ukrainians in 2023. Making newcomers feel welcome was also on the agenda for our Comtois (Quebec) sawmill employees who volunteered at Agora Boréale, a local organization that provides free services to help immigrants integrate into Quebec communities.

Time for things that matter

Employees from the Comtois sawmill volunteered at the Maison de la Famille, a non-profit, family-focused organization that provides access to community activities such as board games, arts and crafts, and coffeehouse meetings. Meanwhile, at our Kénogami (Quebec) paper mill, several employees focused on women’s health by volunteering at a women’s wellness center in Jonquière.

An employee at our Menominee (Michigan) pulp mill volunteered with the Young Eagles program, an organization that introduces the world of aviation to kids by offering free educational flights. Another employee from our Mistassini (Quebec) woodlands participated on the board of directors of the Fondation équilibre Saguenay–Lac-St-Jean, an organization focused on improving mental health services.

Paying it forward

Our Thunder Bay sawmill donated lumber valued at $1,600 to the Female Boarder Collective, a non-profit organization focused on inclusion, for the construction of an indoor skatepark. The facility also donated $3,150 of lumber to Carpenters Union Local 1669 for its apprenticeship training program. In Calhoun (Tennessee), our tissue mill donated 1,000 cases of bath tissue and 1,000 cases of paper towels to Operation Compassion, which delivers critical aid to people affected by disaster at home and around the world. And in Arkansas, our Glenwood sawmill sponsored the Pike County Fair and Rodeo, contributing $10,000 to the organizing committee.

Supporting youth development and sport participation

Our Coosa Pines (Alabama) pulp mill gave the Babe Ruth All-Stars team $1,000 for a trip to the little league world series, as well as a $2,000 scholarship for a student at the University of Alabama. More scholarships went out from our Glenwood sawmill, which awarded $1,000 to two high school students. In Quebec, our Senneterre sawmill provided a $10,000 sponsorship for the Tour de l’Abitibi, an international cycling race for youth between the ages of 6 and 16.

Raising funds and having fun

Fundraising events come in many forms. Employees at the Clermont (Quebec) newsprint mill participated in a golf tournament organized by the Federation of Quebec Paramedic Cooperatives to help raise funds for the purchase of defibrillators and to support organizations in the region. Saint-Félicien (Quebec) pulp mill employees cycled 20-, 40- or 80-kilometer courses in the Grande virée à vélo du président, in support of several local charities. The following day, employees took part in the Défi Déméter, a 5-kilometer obstacle course challenge benefiting the Fondation du Cégep de St-Félicien, a local educational institution.

To learn about Resolute’s commitment to our operating communities, check out The Resolute Blog as well as the Community Involvement section of the corporate website.

Thank you to our employees for recognizing the value of community support and engagement!

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