Week’s dates should have remained
In support to your editorial in the June issue of Truck News and West (Let’s settle on week’s date and focus), would like to add, in my personal view, the trucking industry loses by moving its celebration of trucking to the new September dates.
Last year, the inaugural celebration of Trucker Appreciation Week coincided with National Transportation Week (NTW), celebrated annually the first full week of June. Now 31 years old, National Transportation Week is celebrated across Canada by transportation clubs and organizations, associations and business interests. Activities range from school programs, golf tournaments, breakfasts and luncheons to gala awards dinners that recognize provincial transportation persons of the year along with awards of merit and achievement.
On the first Friday prior to the week’s events, National Transportation Day is hosted by one community in Canada (this year it was Windsor, 2001 is celebrated in Montreal), and national awards are presented as well as a number of presentations on topics of interest to transportation professionals.
The NTW’s mandate is to: develop a greater public awareness of the role of transportation; pay tribute to outstanding industry contributions; and encourage young Canadians to take up careers in the industry.
Many trucking industry professionals have in the past been recognized with awards through this forum (e.g. Trimac’s Andrew Zieleski, Transportation Person of the Year, 1999, ComCar’s Art Joosse, Award of Recognition, 1999, Wes Armour, Armour Transport, Provincial Award, 1999 and the list goes on).
The volunteers from all the modes who work together behind the scenes would welcome an increased contribution from the trucking industry.
Given that many of our trucking colleagues work hand in hand with other transportation workers — such as through pick-up and delivery to airports, shipping docks, railyards or bus terminals — hosting a celebration of trucking during National Transportation Week is a logical and practical step in raising a positive profile.
National Transportation Week Public Relations Committee
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