Dan Cushing (left), director of maintenance for Ryder Transportation, receives congratulations from award sponsor, Don Coldwell of Volvo Trucks Canada. In addition to the plaque shown, Cushing will also receive a ring, a paid vacation, and have his name added to the winners' trophy.
TORONTO, Ont. Dan Cushing of Ryder Canada has become the 20th recipient of Volvo’s Canadian Fleet Maintenance Manager of the Year award. Cushing was presented with the award during the Canadian Fleet Maintenance Seminar’s closing lunch at the Doubletree International Plaza Hotel May 29.
The winners of the prestigious award are chosen by their peers and members of the trade media based on a group of criteria including maintenance and safety, staff supervision and driver training.
Just before Ryder’s director of maintenance learned of his win, Don Coldwell of Volvo Trucks Canada read off a list of Cushing’s accolades, saying he was “well-respected by his peers in the industry” and that “his knowledge has both breadth and depth.
“While preparing for tonight’s presentation, in speaking to associate’s of the individual, one word came up over and over, and that word is passion,” Coldwell said. “This gentleman has a sincere passion for his profession. And the passion is truly demonstrated by his actions.”
Coldwell noted that the winner was actively involved with schools and trade institutions and volunteers countless hours to various causes.
An initially speechless Cushing, who was “a little in shock” at the announcement, said he was “honoured” to receive the award, and thanked a variety of people during his speech, including ATSSA members, CFMS members, his wife, his co-workers, and his students, two of which were in attendance.
“It’s very nice (to win),” Cushing later told Truck News. “You know, all you want is a thank-you from people that know you for what you do.”
For the full story on Cushing’s win, including the maintenance man’s best practices, look for the July issue of Truck News.
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