WINNIPEG, MB — Driver Ed Dueck of Big Freight Systems Inc., took home the Manitoba Trucking Association’s Volvo Driver of the Year Award last Thursday at the association’s annual Fall Awards gala.
The timing for Dueck couldn’t have been better as the award came on the eve of his 36 year anniversary with Big Freight, although he’s been driving for forty-years. What’s more is that Dueck has not had an accident, preventable or non-preventable, since 1976. He runs through the northern U.S and central Canada, averaging over 100,000 miles annually.
Big Freight Systems wasn’t done for the night. For “generations of dedication to the efforts of the Manitoba Trucking Association,” the carrier took home the Shaw Tracking Distinguished Member Award. Big Freight has participated in various MTA committees, including the Vehicle Maintenance Council and Manitoba Professional Truck Driving Championship and have actively supported driver recognition programs, and the MTA convention.
The MTA-RBC Royal Bank Service to Industry Award went to Helene Nadeau of La Broquerie Transfer Ltd. Nadeau entered the trucking industry back in the 80’s, when her and her husband bought La Broquerie Transfer. They started out with one truck and grew to become an eight-truck rural carrier.
She was also one of the first women elected to the MTA’s Board of Directors, and has been flying the flag of small carriers for 25 years.
The Payne Transportation LP Associate of the Year award went Geoff Bell, of Arthur J. Gallagher (Canada) Group. An industry veteran, Bell was acknowledged for his behind-the-scenes support to the MTA, and his contributions to event organization, financial support, and acting as a knowledge resource for the MTA and its members. He also helps out with the MTA newsletter.
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