September 30, 2015


Canfor donates $50,000 in product to the Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation

Vancouver, BC  The Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation (PAFCF) received a fantastic gift – $50,000 worth of Canfor lumber – that will allow the Foundation to provide more funding to programs and services when their Centre opens in Richmond, BC next summer. 

Canfor’s $50,000 product donation will be used to help the Foundation build a Centre of Excellence in BC, which will benefit those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. With the Centre as the hub and eight spokes located throughout the province, the Foundation’s services will reach communities throughout BC including many in which Canfor operations are located. This one-of-a-kind knowledge centre will provide full life cycle care, therapy and support.

”The ability for us to offset some construction costs for the centre means that our funds can go directly to support families in BC ” says PAFCF co-founder Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia.  “Canfor responded to our call, and really stepped up to help us out.  Any cost savings will go directly back into our Foundation, which is great news for the Autism community.  We are extremely grateful for the support and dedication to community Canfor has demonstrated”.

The planning of the Centre has been a seven year collaborative process involving families, individuals with ASD, clinicians, community professionals, researchers and representatives from government.  

“Canfor has operations in communities throughout BC and we place a lot of value on charitable opportunities that will have a long-term and significant benefit to these communities,” says Canfor President and CEO Don Kayne. “We are proud that this donation will help bring more much-needed programs and services to families impacted by ASD throughout BC.”

About Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation

The Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation, will create a hub and spoke network where children and families facing the challenges of autism can access information, treatment, research and support. GoodLife Fitness recently committed $5 million and is the naming donor of the hub. The GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub and Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation will serve Autism and related disorders, including developmental disabilities, and learning challenges. ASD affects 1 in 68 children, and 1 in 42 boys. With 69,000 people on the Autism spectrum living in BC, and 80 children diagnosed every month in the province, this is a much-needed initiative for BC families. The project will focus on serving families across BC through its navigator program and by collaboration with other organizations.

About Canfor

Canfor is a leading integrated forest products company based in Vancouver, British Columbia (“BC”) with interests in BC, Alberta, North and South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. Canfor produces primarily softwood lumber and specialized wood products. Canfor also owns a 51.0% interest in Canfor Pulp Products Inc., which is one of the largest producers of market northern bleached softwood kraft pulp and a leading producer of high performance kraft paper and also produces bleached chemi-thermo mechanical pulp. Canfor shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CFP.

Contact Information:

Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation

Rita Thodos