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By Lindsay Albers on July 26 2017
This will probably be the cherry on the cake, as I don’t think this co-op term could get any cooler. For the next twelve days I am set on a mission to visit every one of the 24 Canadian West Fraser Divisions. That’s 24 different West Fraser Sites, 15 different towns, 12 days, 2 provinces and one very excited Co-Op student – Me.
The first stint of my journey will take me to all of the British Columbian sites, from Chasm, to Smithers, to Chetwynd and every place in between, for a total of 12 BC mills. The plan is to meet with each of the environmental coordinators, having them show off their facility, and collaborate togather to develop new bioproducts alternatives, assessing our materials available, and broadening the resource pool with local innovators. One of my favourite aspects about West Fraser is the incredible sense of community and welcoming. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking to someone that has an office 10ft from you, or 1200km from you, every time I pick up the phone it’s like I’m talking to family. My second favourite aspect about West Fraser would have to be the wealth of knowledge that West Fraser employees provide. There is not a single question that cannot be answered, and if the person you’re asking doesn’t know, they’ll know the individual who does. It’s a simply incredible cascade where I can ask a question in Hinton, AB and by noon I’ll receive a phonecall with an answer that dominoed it’s way from Sundre to Edmonton to Manning to Fraser Lake to Quesnel and back to Hinton. Phenomenal. People care at West Fraser, and Its one of the best work forces I have had the pleasure of participating in.
As I travel to each division, I will be documenting the site itself, the town, and fun aspects about the surrounding area. Can’t wait to share my journey with you all!