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APTA honors industry’s best (November 05, 2001)

HALIFAX, N.S. -- Every year the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) honors a group of individuals who ha...

HALIFAX, N.S. — Every year the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) honors a group of individuals who have made the trucking industry a better place.

Winners in five distinguished categories were recognized for factors including helping others, having courtesy, going beyond the call of duty.

The Safety to Motor Transportation Award, handed out for promoting road safety in the trucking industry with the exception of drivers, was presented to Wayne MacNeill, risk management consultant from Sunbury Transport Ltd. in Fredericton, N.B.

The Dispatcher of the Year Award — given to someone who deals directly with drivers and is involved in the coordinating of the movement of trucks — went to 14-year dispatch veteran, Norman Peter Moore of Gerald Battist Trucking Ltd. of New Glasgow, N.S.

The Good Samaritan Award is presented to an individual whose main occupation is truck driving and performs an act of charity, assistance, or simply goes out of their way to help someone. Cecil Mackie a driver Hillman’s Transfer Ltd. in Sydney, N.S. took the honors when he was recognized for going beyond the call of duty in helping two people who had been in a car accident.

The Driver of the Year Award, presented to a driver who shows courtesy on the highway and an exemplary safety record, was awarded to Carmel Lavoie, a native of St. Basil, N.B. Lavoie drives for Fastrax Transport out of Florenceville, N.B. and hauls flat bed and dry van trailers all over the Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario. In his 30 years of driving, he has remained accident free and run traveled over six million kilometres.

Finally, the Service to Industry Award was presented to a person devoting time and effort to the industry. This year’s winner was Ralph Boyd, the president of the APTA. Boyd has worked for the APTA for the past seven years, putting in long days and nights. He has given his industry clout among the governments in Atlantic Canada and continues to devote his time to making the industry a better place for everyone.

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