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TRURO, N.S. - Like the loads hauled by its members, the annual meeting and convention of the Truckers' Association of Nova Scotia (TANS) featured a real mixed bag of events this time out.Heady debate,...


EASTERN OPERATORS: Hundreds of TANS members attended convention.
EASTERN OPERATORS: Hundreds of TANS members attended convention.

TRURO, N.S. – Like the loads hauled by its members, the annual meeting and convention of the Truckers’ Association of Nova Scotia (TANS) featured a real mixed bag of events this time out.

Heady debate, informational meetings and the naming of several new directors were among the highlights.

According to association general manager, Dave Roberts, more than 350 members attended the entire weekend session, with many more taking part in at least some of the events.

The TANS brain trust, which divides the province into three areas, has named a new provincial executive committee for 2001.

In Area 1, Allen MacDonald will sit for three years, Gordon Zinck is on for two more years, and Jerry Anderson has one year left in his term.

For Area 2, Bill Dowe has been elected director for three years, David Meehan has two years left, and Brian Smith has one more year.

Area 3 will see Donald Whynot for three years, former association president James Height for two and Brady Hennigar for one more year.

Since the annual general meeting, TANS has also named its officers for year 2001.

Danesville, N.S.’s Whynot has been named association chair, while Smith will occupy the position of vice-chair and Dowe is the new secretary and treasurer.

According to Roberts, the main objective of the meeting was to inform membership that TANS will soon become more visible to the membership by conducting area meetings, as well as by launching a Web site.

Also discussed was a strategy to continue to pressure for federal work projects and continuing the provincial dialogue over concerns, such as working conditions, with both the Road Builders’ Association and Department of Transportation and Public Works.

TANS has also named a new executive of the Associate Trades Council.

Colleen Theroux will serve as president, replacing Derek Melvin. She says she is keen to help improve the association’s profile in the province.

The council has also adopted a mandate to be more informative towards the associate membership and to work with TANS on their area meetings and objectives.

Steve MacNeill, from Cummins Diesel, was also honored over the weekend for, as Robert’s explains, being “one of the founding fathers of the Associate Trades Council.”

MacNeill has been instrumental in the association’s fundraising efforts, as well as being a key organizer of the annual meetings.

As MacNeill noted during a speech, his participation in TANS will be reduced, now that he has taken a position, which sees him overseeing Cummins’ operations throughout Atlantic Canada.

The group presented the IWK Children’s hospital in Halifax and Early Intervention Nova Scotia, each with cheques of $6,750. Their fundraising efforts netted $13,500 in the 12 months preceding convention.

Finally, the Saturday evening presentations culminated with the handing of Roy Mattinson with a tribute and an “outstanding member award” for five decades of professional trucking and his contribution to the industry.

Throughout his entire career, explains Roberts, Mattinson has been a rock of consistency and kindness in both his community and the trucking industry in particular. n


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