Mr. James K. Irving is pleased to accept the Honourary Diversity Champion Award on behalf of PALS (Partners Assisting Local Schools) and J. D. Irving, Limited for the ongoing support and commitment to Black History Month with Middle and High Schools.
Each February, in partnership with PRUDE and Anglophone South School District, trips to locations significant to local Black History are organized, travelling on the Kids On The Go bus with tour guides from PRUDE.
PALS was co-founded in 2000 by Mr. Irving and the school district to engage partners and volunteers to work with schools, providing significant and long-lasting benefits for our young people and the community.
Mr. Irving began his career in the forests of New Brunswick, enjoying many rewarding years in the forest industry. 2018 will mark his 70th year in the business. Since 1957 the company has planted almost 1 billion trees - a national record in Canada.
New Brunswick is home. The J. D. Irving group of companies are actively involved in a number of partnerships to grow diversity in the workplace, creating rewarding jobs that keep our young people here in New Brunswick.