Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | October 16, 2016

Artifact of the Week – Domtar Retirement Keepsake

In keeping with the sense of “family” or community, Cornwall paper mill employees often banded together to make a one-of-a-kind commemorative keepsake as a tribute to and sign of friendship with their retiring colleagues. Some of the items were made from scratch; at other times at item was purchased and embellished to portray aspects of the retiree’s personality and/or work habits.


Wendy MacDonald recently donated various items, including this portrayal of her father, Vern MacDonald, at his desk at the Domtar paper mill. That’s a large jar of peppermints on the desk (A Vern trademark).



These cards were signed by co-workers who attended Vern’s retirement party.


Wearing a bow tie, Vernon MacDonald is at the bottom right corner of the above employee photo.

Vern took advantage of available funding after his military service to obtain an Engineering degree from Queens before starting his employment at the Cornwall mill.

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