Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | October 12, 2016

Domtar Open House – June 6-10, 1983

The Cornwall paper mill held a community-wide open house in 1983. This was the first opportunity in 23 years for families of Mill employees and the community at large to tour the Mill. The Open House coincided with the 100th anniversary of the production of the first sheet of paper on April 27, 1883. It was primarily focused on providing Mill employees with an opportunity to show pride in their place of work.

Visitor Attendance was very impressive:





3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

106 175 283 371 366 1,301

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

172 309 241 380 515


5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

274 315 239 270 465


6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

727 712 585 925 1,022


7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

528 (538) 307 628 612 713


TOTAL: 1,817 1,818 1,976 2,558 3,081


The Organizing Committee members were selected using the following criteria – the department they worked in was on the tour route and they were good solid employees with an interest.

Organizing Committee / Tour Guides (Volunteers)

Member Area if also Guiding
Wayne Antoine *
Mike Ashton
Bill Barnhart PM#3&Coater
Keith Bowman PMs#6&7
Bob Earle Q.C.
Richard Filion
Gerry Glaude Parking Lot
Don Kinsella
Jean Guy Laflamme
Stock Shipping
Ray Larkin Stock Prep
Dave Meldrum
Dave Muir Finishing Room
Brian Robinson Q.C.
Rick Rushford
Jean Louis Samson PMs#6&7
Larry Steele PMs#1&5
Joe Upson Q.C.
Jim Welch


Tour Route Guides (relieved from their jobs for the week)

Member Area
Dick Acheson Relief
Arnold Aikins Finishing Room
Larry Aikman PM#3&Coater
Donat Aubin PMs#1&5
Orval Baker PMs#1&5
Bob Bazinet Relief
Rene Bissonnette Stock Shipping
Jacques Delisle Relief
Joe Fobert Paper Sample Handout
Richard Gagnon Finishing Room
Len Gauthier Relief
Karl Groskaufmanis Parking Lot
Shawn Lalonde Finishing Room
Serge Langevin Stock Shipping
John Laprade Parking Lot
Bernie Larue PM#3&Coater
Jim Latour Finishing Room
Bob Laundrie PMs#6&7
Jim MacDonald Paper Sample Handout
Bob Manwell Stock Prep
Garth Tessier Stock Prep


Hostesses/Receptionists (Volunteered one day of the Open House)

Employee Photo Day
Monica Besner Middle row – 2nd Wed
Sandy Blancher Back row – 2nd Mon
Carol Bookout Wed
Debbie Chartrand Back row – 3rd Mon
Ann Cocucci Front row – 4th Wed
Hazel Crawford (Coord) Middle row – 3rd Fri
Cheryl Fourney Middle row – 4th Fri
Wendy Greer Back row – 1st Fri
Jackie Jalbert Mon
Sheila Kyte Front row – 1st Fri (after 5 p.m.)
Irene Laurin Back row – 4th Thurs
Terry Makinson Middle row – 1st Thurs
Diane Murphy Wed
Lise Parisien Tues, Thurs?
Sue Poirier Mon
Carol Robb Thurs
Lise Verreault Tues
Donna Villeneuve Front row – 2nd Tues
Marina Wilson Front row – 3rd Tues


The new paper mill exhibit at your Cornwall Community Museum includes some great photos from the Open House.

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