VOYAGEUR TRAINER HONOURED
Greg Atkin, instructor for Voyageur
Transportation Services, has been named trainer of
the year by the Transportation Health and Safety
Association (THSAO), council of driver training.
"Greg, has worked hard and devotes a lot of his
spare time to various associations, it is well
deserved," said Corey Jarvis, director of training
for Voyageur Training Solutions.
The announcement made at the recent council of
driver training's annual golf tournament and
dinner at the Ridgetown Golf and County Club.
Atkin said the award came as a "surprise and
THSAO, a non-profit organization and part of
the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)
works with management and labour to ensure
workplace personnel are trained to avoid injuries,
illnesses and accidents in the workplace.
Voyageur Training Solutions, a subsidiary of
Voyageur Transportation Solutions, the London
Chamber of Commerce's recent Large Business Award
winner, is a service provider of various
transportation health safety programs to the
general public and companies.
LOVEDAY'S TOWING WINS AWARD
Loveday's Towing of St. Thomas, in business for
almost 75 years, won a Silver Award and has been
acknowledged as a CAA/AAA service provider of
Loveday's won based on its performance in
serving members, community involvement and
providing the best possible roadside assistance.
"Loveday's Towing consistently scored well in
the areas of average time of arrival, the ratio of
dispatch to on-scene times, the percentage arrived
on-scene within the estimated time of arrival, and
customer service. They just quietly do their job
well and focus on CAA member satisfaction," said
Anne Baker, senior director, automotive services,
CAA Mid-Western Ontario.
Tom and Kathy Orr, owners of Loveday's Towing
since 2001, accepted the award recently from CAA
Mid-Western Ontario. Also present was George
Loveday, the second generation owner of the
BAKER TOP TECHNOLOGY
Cassandra Baker, a Grade
8 student of St. Bernadette's Catholic school
in London, has won a technology award donated
by Cyberteks Design of London.
The award, donated
by Cyberteks to celebrate its fourth anniversary,
was awarded for her achievement in technology
studies at the school. Baker was awarded a
trophy, plaque and cheque for $250 at the
recent graduation ceremony.
"I am very pleased
to offer this annual scholarship to my old
school," said Keith Peiris, Cyberteks Design
president. "I want to set an example to the
more established businesses. The schools need
help to provide a good education to the younger
Peiris, 15, is a former
student of St. Bernadette's. He is now at
Regina Mundi Catholic College.
Cyberteks Design, a
division of Cyberteks Systems Corp., is an
interactive design studio, e-commerce, online
marketing and Web hosting company.
POLLOCK CELEBRATES 50 YEARS
Pollock NationaLease in Strathroy is
celebrating 50 years in business.
The company, which provides full service
leasing and rental of trucks, and trailers to
manufacturing, transportation and service
industries, has a fleet of 3,500 trucks and
trailers in six locations from Windsor to Toronto
and in Moncton, N.B.
The company recently held a staff barbecue at
its London facility on Sise Road to celebrate the
anniversary and has been touring every Pollock
site, barbecuing for staff to mark the
"We've kept our nose down and to the
grindstone, but we have also tried to be
innovative in a number of ways," Jim Pollock,
owner and chief executive, said of the reason for
the company's longevity.
Pollock was established in 1953 with one truck,
serving one customer, and grew quickly to 12
trucks by 1958. It continued to expand throughout
the 1970s and 1980s. In 2001, it acquired Tiger
Leasing, more than doubling the size of its fleet.
Pollock is the distributor for London-based
Emco and recently won a contract to supply parts
to the Cami Automotive plant in Ingersoll. Pollock
now employs 260 and that will soon rise to about
300 with the Cami deal.
The company was started by Don Pollock, Jim's
father, in 1953. He died in May.
"This is going to be a year-long celebration,"
said Pollock, adding that every company event will
have a 50-year theme.