Medicine Hat-based truck driver named Canada’s Driver of the Year

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BANFF, Alta. A Medicine Hat-based driver with a 33-year career and 3.94 million collision-free miles, has been named the Canadian Trucking Alliance/Volvo Trucks Canada Driver of the Year for 2007.

Perley MacDonald, who drives for McMillan Transport, was presented with the award at the Alberta Motor Transport Association’s annual convention, this past weekend.

“Mr. MacDonald exemplifies the outstanding truck drivers with whom Canadians share the road,” said David Bradley, the CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance. “It is a great honour to recognize him with this highly-coveted award.”

Rod McMillan, the president of McMillan Transport, describes his award-winning employee, as an “old-time trucker,” who is easy to work with, and is very generous with his trucking expertise. “He has an amazing sense of humour; is very humble; and is always willing to share his insight and experience with any person that is new to the industry.”

McMillan is particularly proud of MacDonald’s impressive driving record, as well as other professional attributes that are appreciated by the company. “Perley’s dedication to our company and customers is excellent, and greatly appreciated by everyone. Congratulations Perley: everyone at McMillan Transport is very proud of you, and also proud to work with you.”

MacDonald transports freight to destinations in Canada’s western provinces, and has been repeatedly honoured for driving excellence during his lengthy career. He has been presented with numerous professional awards such as: AMTA Driver of the Month, Alberta Driver of the Year and AMTA million mile award.

Each year the award goes to a professional transport driver who has a collision-free driving record and is an exemplary truck driver, both on-and-off the road. Nominees for this award come from existing provincial winners of the Volvo Truck driver-of-the-year award, named in each of the seven Canadian provinces. A panel of judges made up of national safety and law enforcement organizations including: Transport Canada, Canada Safety Council, and the Canadian Trucking Alliance, makes selection of this award.

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