Lakehead University sharing hundreds of thousands of wipes with local organizations after receiving five million from Lysol

Group photo

Mark Tilbury, Lakehead’s Alumni and Annual Giving Director, centre,
hands one package of Lysol wipes to Shelley Graham, Development
Officer at Confederation College, and one package to Albert Brulé,
Chief Executive Officer of the United Way. 

November 15, 2021 – Thunder Bay, Ont.

Everyone knows that germs don’t stand a chance against Lysol products.

That’s why, after receiving a donation of more than five million disinfecting wipes from Reckitt, the maker of Lysol, Lakehead University is providing hundreds of thousands of wipes to Confederation College, George Jeffrey Children’s Centre, Camp Quality, the Victorian Order of Nurses, and other organizations in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario.  

Four tractor-trailers – each carrying 21 skids – arrived at Lakehead University the week of October 25.

“That’s when we reached out to partner with Confederation College and the United Way to facilitate distribution of these wipes,” said Mark Tilbury, Lakehead’s Alumni and Annual Giving Director.

“We’re thankful to receive this donation, which will be used throughout campus by our students, faculty and staff,” Tilbury said.

The wipes will be available in the University’s high traffic areas such as the Wolf Den and Student Central, as well as in other popular spots on campus.

Confederation College is taking 10 skids – or 7,500 packages containing 600,000 wipes – which staff will use to maximize disinfection of classrooms and labs, including public areas of the College, residence, the Children and Family Centre, the Wellness Centre, and other areas of the College. These wipes will help ensure the safety and health of everyone who accesses the College. 

The College will offer wipes to vulnerable students who cannot purchase them.

“Confederation College greatly appreciates this generous donation from Lysol to assist us in protecting the health and safety of all members of our College community across Northwestern Ontario,” said Rob Zuback, Director, Advancement and External Relations, Confederation College.

“It is wonderful to receive this contribution from partners like Lysol and Lakehead University, which will greatly assist us in managing our response to the pandemic,” Zuback said.

The United Way has contacted its partners to see if any of them require Lysol wipes.

“On behalf of the United Way of Thunder Bay and our partner agencies, we would like to express our sincere thanks to Lysol for this incredibly generous donation,” said Albert Brulé, Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of Thunder Bay.

“Non-profit service providers have been challenged to meet the needs of their clients while ensuring that public health measures are observed through enhanced cleaning and safety protocols. We would also like to thank Lakehead University for sharing this donation with the wider community,” he said.

Other organizations that have also picked up Lysol wipes from Lakehead include the Ignace Food Bank and the Canadian Mental Health Association. As of today, more than 45 organizations will benefit from this donation.

For more than a century, Lysol has been protecting families from illness-causing germs.

“We believe there is nothing more important than keeping our loved ones safe and healthy, which is why we are proud to be able to help Lakehead University in their efforts to ensure a safe back-to-school environment this winter,” said Corrie Mueller, Vice-President of Marketing – Hygiene, at Reckitt.




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Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has 10 faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. Lakehead University’s achievements have been recognized nationally and internationally, including being ranked, once again, among Canada’s Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities in Maclean’s 2021 University Rankings; as well as included in the top half of Times Higher Education's 2022 World Universities Rankings for the third consecutive year, and in the top 100 of 1,115 universities from around the world in THE's 2021 Impact Rankings (which assesses institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Visit