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NEWS RELEASE · 18th March 2011
Canadian Cancer Society
Three gifts, $4 million and naming of northern lodge kicks off Canadian Cancer Society campaign

Three generous donors have given a huge boost to the Canadian Cancer's Society's $10 million fundraising campaign for a lodge to help Northern BC residents facing cancer. The Kordyban and Novak families, along with West Fraser Timber, have donated a combined total of $4 million towards this goal.

“The people of the North have waited a long time for a lodge,” says Barbara Kaminsky, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society BC and Yukon. “Now thanks to the leadership gifts of these donors, the wait is almost over. There is no doubt that without their generous contributions we would not be able to achieve this.”

The Society also announced the Northern Lodge will be named the Kordyban Lodge in honour of a $2 million gift from the Kordyban family. The Novak’s $1 million gift will be recognized through The Novak Family Meditation and Spiritual Room. West Fraser Timber’s gift of $1 million will be recognized through the West Fraser Timber Lounge.
In 2010 over 1200 people from Northern BC stayed in Society lodges in Vancouver, Kelowna and Victoria.

“When illness threatens families it’s natural for life’s priorities to change,” says Mary Kordyban. “The Kordyban Lodge will serve as a vital component to those on a cancer journey and we are honoured to have it named after our family.”

“My family and I recognize the need for a ‘home away from home’ for cancer patients here in the north, and we are proud to be a part of this campaign,” says Henry Novak, Campaign Chair and donor. “This lodge will truly be for the north, from the north.”

“West Fraser is pleased to contribute to this superb new facility,” says Hank Ketcham, Chairman, President and CEO. “It will prove vitally important to people throughout central and northern British Columbia. Not only are our company roots in this region but it is also home to the largest concentration of our employees. While we hope our employees and their loved ones will never have a need for its use, it is reassuring to know that it will be there for them and other residents of the region.”

The Kordyban Lodge will provide accommodation for individuals and their caregivers travelling to Prince George for treatment at the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North. It will serve cancer patients and their families from communities throughout Northern BC.

The 25,000 square foot Kordyban Lodge with 36 beds will provide full meal services as well as supportive facilities including a family room, the Novak Family Spiritual and Meditation Room, the West Fraser Timber Lounge, massage therapy room, library, activity room, an exercise facility, and wig and prosthetics rooms. Kordyban Lodge will also become a place for Canadian Cancer Society patient support programs.

Two of every five of us will be diagnosed with cancer at some time in our lives. With an aging population, the number of cases is projected to increase by 60 per cent over the next 20 years. In British Columbia alone, 20,000 people are diagnosed with cancer each year. More than 1000 of those reside in Northern B.C.

Anyone interested in making a donation or helping raise funds for the Northern Lodge should contact our CCS office in Prince George at phone 1-250-564-0885.

Terrace Daily footnote on Bill Kordyban from a Forest Expo Brochere on forestnet.com:

!!Bill Kordyban Sr. was the president of family owned and managed Carrier Lumber Ltd of Prince George. He overcame most obstacles in life but succumbed to cancer in January 2000. He was 73 years old. Kordyban defined the term "self-made man" and made lasting contributions to the forest industry and his community.

Kordyban and his wife Mary came to Prince George from northern Alberta in 1951. Carrier Lumber emerged as one of the few survivors from the hundreds of small logging and sawmilling operations that had their start in the region in that era. The Kordyban family built Carrier into one of the largest independently owned forest companies, with operations in northern Alberta and Saskatchewan.

In 1999, it was ranked Canada's 29th largest softwood lumber producer Statements like "you can't do that" or "it won't work" brought out the best in Bill Kordyban. He'd buckle down and with inimitable fashion amalgamate common sense with innovation and come up with yet another method or machinery development to solve a difficult operating problem. Kordyban's practical solutions span the decades. In 1958, he developed an industry standard edge belt lumber sorter. He was among the first to see the value in recovering wood chips for pulp production. He built sawmills in Mackenzie and Prince George that ran efficiently for years.

With an eye for opportunity and the courage to pursue it, he constructed portable, high production dimension and stud mills in the early 1960s to process wood recovered-using flotation logging- from the rising waters of Williston Lake. He redefined the concept of portable mills during the next 30 years.

Kordyban's units achieve high lumber recovery values through control and precision but have the flexibility to be moved in modular combinations to address beetle attacked or fire damaged timber.

Kordyban was a sustained critic of how public timber is allocated in BC. He recommended scrapping the current quota system in favour of his credible auction system. He believed all public timber should be competitively bid by Canadians. Kordyban's protracted dispute with the provincial government about the curtailing of Carrier's cutting rights in the west Chilcotin was vindicated in 1999 when a Supreme Court judge ruled in the company's favour and roundly chastised the NDP government for its handling of the matter. The government has appealed the decision.

Kordyban's stand was typical. He believed in free enterprise and the rights of the individual. And he would discuss his views at length. Some in the forest industry disagreed strongly with his positions. But by the end of the day, however grudgingly, Kordyban had earned their respect.