Manitoba driver named Canada’s driver of the year

WINNIPEG (March 10, 2003) — Edward Janzen, a 37-year veteran driver who hauls on one of Canada’s toughest stretches of highway, was named the 2002 CTA/Volvo Trucks Canada National Driver of the Year.

The award, sponsored by the Canadian Trucking Alliance and Volvo Trucks Canada, was presented Saturday at the Manitoba Trucking Association annual meeting in Winnipeg. It recognizes a truck driver who demonstrates a high level of professionalism both on and off the road, and also courtesy and sometimes bravery at roadside.

By all accounts, Janzen, of Elie, Man., meets the criteria.

Janzen, Manitoba Driver of the Year in 2001, has driven 4.2 million collision-free kilometers during his 37-year career, all with Reimer Express Lines of Winnipeg. Janzen’s regular route traces one of the most treacherous stretches of the Trans-Canada Highway, between Winnipeg and Elie. As a result, he’s had the opportunity to help plenty of motorists, something he says is “all in a day’s work.”

Janzen is involved in safety and driver training at Reimer. He mentors new drivers and helps in their orientation and development, which includes not only passing along the benefit of his experience as a top-notch driver, but also customer service.

The award includes a trip for two to any destination of his choice within Canada, $1,000, and a trophy courtesy of Volvo Trucks Canada.

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