We strongly believe that giving back and supporting our communities is an important responsibility.   Our community support and giving activities are focused on Forest Education, Childhood Education and Enrichment Opportunities for Kids, Community Health, and Community Improvement.  Through our philanthropic program, we support a large variety of organizations and causes including: SPCA’s Paws for the Cause, The Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life,  the MS Bike Ride, Ride, Scouts Canada, the Girl Guides, the KBRH Foundation, Beaver Valley Age Friendly Society, The Fruitvale Elementary School, Take-A-Hike Foundation, and many other worthy programs.

Forestry Education

ATCO Wood Products regularly hosts groups of students from the Selkirk College Forestry program.

An assortment of Selkirk summer students is welcomed each year. The program has enjoyed outstanding results. It’s been so successful that over the certain time period of several years, full-time employment had been offered to all participating students.

Younger students are also frequent guests of ATCO Wood Products, with various tours.

“An Animals of the Forest presentation is a consistently popular offering for children. They love it as they get to touch animals’ skeletons. We do that to show why it’s important to keep the forest healthy because all of these animals live in it.”
— President - Rebecca Weatherford

Weatherford has also taken the show on the road, travelling to schools with the forestry education program. It’s meant to be informative, and fun, for the kids and for her, too.

Mill tours go over equally big with young students, with every aspect of the experience, especially the wearing of vests and hats, gaining a thumbs-up. The young ones may get assorted souvenirs to take home, along with a new found knowledge and respect for the forest, its related industry and all it entails.