During these unprecedented and uncertain times, our drivers are relying on others to assist them in providing an essential service. Even a formerly simple task to find hot food has become difficult, and grocery stores are now mostly picked over. This especially hits home with out-of-area drivers who can no longer find a place to rest due to many motels shutting down due to COVID-19 concerns.
“I realized our drivers were struggling to find a space that would take them,” said Jeff Stevens, Operations Manager in Sundre. “I reached out to a local hotel to provide Trimac drivers with a shower, towels, soap, and the ability to rent rooms if needed. The motel was understandably concerned about exposing their business to visitors who might be infected with COVID-19. Once I explained how they could help our drivers provide an essential service, they were happy to allow our drivers to shower and sleep there.”
Trimac has recently started the #ESSENTIAL campaign, not only to highlight that transportation is an essential service, but that we rely upon motels, restaurants, and truck stops to keep our drivers providing an essential service, and keep the supply chain intact.
“Jeff has always been there for his team,” said Besnik Gasi, Area Manager in the North West. “He often gets them soup and coffee on colder days to show his appreciation for their hard work. He’s truly a team player, and exemplary of how an individual can make a difference.”
“We also can’t thank the motel owner enough for allowing our drivers to stay there. We will be sure to use their services for years to come.”
Trimac would like to thank all of the businesses who continue to provide their services so our drivers can continue to work. We are also proud of each and every one of our employees who show the Trimac spirit during these challenging times!
Trimac recently participated in Hiring Our Heroes Event in Houston, which had 3300 military veterans searching for job opportunities offered by the companies in attendance. The Trimac booth was headed by Michael Ortiz, Regional Recruiter – who himself is a US military veteran, along with Recruiter, Kelechi Ndujiuba.
Supporting initiatives such as Hiring Our Heroes continues the practice of Trimac partnering with military and veteran organizations to find jobs for those who have served their country:
Petro-Canada is celebrating drivers who are making a difference in their network, and have recognized six Grand Prize drivers on their signage and web site. Along with this recognition, each recipient will receive $1000 in Petro-Canada gift cards to use for his personal use.
One of the drivers who has been awarded this illustrious designation is Hugh McLorinan, a Trimac Driver based in Ontario. Hugh was nominated for having driven 30+ years with no preventable accidents. Throughout Hugh’s career he has consistently shown a remarkable commitment to safety, even receiving a US Open Hat for saving a life in a moving collision from another vehicle.
A panel of judges consisting of six Suncor employees selected winners based upon the character and reputation of the drivers nominated, including, but not limited to, their record and deeds as a professional truck driver, safe and reliable driving record, community involvement, and enthusiasm for Petro-Pass.
We truly thank Hugh for professionalism and commitment to safety, and we are very proud to have Hugh as part of our team!
Every two years the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) Road Knight Program recruits two exemplary professional drivers to be ambassadors for the transportation industry within Alberta. These “Road Knights” have a passion for the transportation industry as a whole, and are eager to share the benefits of a professional truck driving career to job seekers and high school students.
This year, Ed Stasyshyn was nominated via the Sherwood Park Branch, and then awarded the honoured position of Road Knight through an industry selection panel. Over his 46-year career, Ed Stasyshyn has accrued 3,400,000 collision-free kilometres, and is an amazing ambassador for Trimac, AMTA and the transportation industry.