Special Olympics Convoy – Manitoba 2018

David Henry – Athletes Choice Award

On September 22, the 2018 Special Olympics Convoy was hosted this year by Ile des Chenes, a small town of 1800 people, residing about 15 kms SE of Winnipeg, MB. 188 trucks were registered and 168 trucks were able to show up and support the Special Olympics Athletes.

The day started off cool and grey, but inside the TransCanada Centre there was nothing but smiles and warmth as participants registered and had breakfast served by MLA Bob Lagasse. MP Ted Falk and Mayor Chris Ewens welcomed everyone to kick off the event.

Moving the convoy to Ile des Chenes was a huge undertaking with a lot of unknowns. The committee showed their prowess by making it a smooth and successful transition. Tony’s Team Transport provided rides for the athletes to get them to the convoy. They also shuttled the drivers to and from their trucks to the centre. Tim Brown of Motor Carrier Enforcement mapped out the entire route and all access points to make sure the convoy and public were safe and efficient. Almost 80 access points had to be manned by multiple law enforcement units from many different agencies.

Most importantly,  there were many athletes (20 plus) at the convey proudly showing off their medals and enjoying their day! These amazing athletes are as driven to succeed as anyone, not for fame or fortune, but just for the love of their sport and competition.

Murray and Heather Manuliak of Bison Transport were awarded lead truck status for raising the most money by an individual entry. They work tirelessly year round for this event and this year they brought in over $3800.

Mario Tyshuk, also from Bison, captained a team of 22 entries who raised $4000, which was the highest fundraising amount from any team.

Bison Transport entered 29 trucks for the day, making them the largest fleet represented.

David Henry of REK Express, won the coveted Athletes Choice Award for his entry flying Special Olympics and Canadian flags on hockey sticks attached to his RGN trailer carrying Tonka toys and kids tractors (pictured above).

At the awards ceremony, Jennifer Campbell of Special Olympics was presented a cheque for $76,000. Donations are still being accepted at www.manitobaconvoy.com so expect that number to rise.

Law Enforcement Members
Mario Tyshuk – Team Award
Athletes presenting Athletes Choice Award

Typist to Trucker!

Daniel (Strubes) Strubhar

Here’s an example of busting the image of a regular truck driver!

I have known Daniel (Strubes) Strubhar for decades. When I heard he was going to become a truck driver I thought I had heard wrong. Throughout his training and early driving career I still wondered if it was all a dream. I knew he liked driving and I had no worries about his skill; I just had a hard time picturing him fitting in with most drivers. Apparently it was a dream, his dream.

Here’s his story in his own words. Enjoy!

“After working in offices for give-or-take 25 years, I have been driving truck now for the last 3 years – took my driver training at 59 years old. I still think of myself as an office person who drives a truck, don’t actually feel like a “trucker,” and apparently – as I’ve been told several times – I don’t look like a trucker! Yet – much of the time I do enjoy driving, and it is nice getting to see, and get a feel for, areas of the US and Canada that otherwise would be unknowns.

Why did I switch to trucking? In all honesty, it was that I needed more income – that proverbial “bottom line.” Even though I have a bit of the explorer in me, I also have no problem with a 7′ x 7′ office cubicle, so it wasn’t “to get out of the office!” But the reason will be different for different people – that was mine.

How did I find the learning curve and the adjustment to trucking life? It was not easy, actually – the trucking world can have the stereotypical rough, harsh side.  However – there’s no reason anyone has to become anything other than what they are! Most of the time you are by yourself, so you are free to set the tone and tenor of your job however you wish.

What pointers would I have for anyone going into trucking? Here are a few, just based on my limited experience so far:

1) Treat the job with professional respect. Don’t think it’s just getting behind the wheel of the truck and driving into the sunset! It is actually a skilled profession – and treating it like that will allow you to be successful as a driver. Do a good job. And don’t think you’re going to get away from computers! My truck’s onboard computer is an essential part of my job. Learn to use it properly.

2) Don’t get discouraged with the learning curve. I read that it takes 5 years before the job has thrown you pretty much all the curves it has! Every mistake you make, every time you bump something, bend something – and nobody gets by without any errors – should be considered as just steps in the learning process. Try not to make mistakes of course – be teachable – but above all, try not to make the same mistake twice!

3) Never be in a hurry. You’re not in any marathon, it’s more important to be safe than anything else. (Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.)

4) Always keep a good attitude – toward your fellow drivers and your company (including your dispatch). It’s a job with many aspects that are going to be totally beyond your control. Find something useful to do with down-time – there will be some, and sometimes a lot! Learn to sit back and be a bit philosophical and/or see the humor in the situation, instead of getting uptight! Being uptight and stressed accomplishes nothing, and can make your job miserable unnecessarily.

5) Don’t let yourself be pushed by anyone into doing anything that you feel is unsafe, and don’t feel that you have to work and work with no break! Ask for regular home time – the truck is not your life, give your family, your friends and yourself the time that all of you need. Despite a truck driver’s often erratic schedule, he/she needs a life independent of the job, as much like everyone else as possible. Use technology, get a good unlimited phone/text/data plan, and keep in contact – just keep it hands-free!

Good success!”

CTM Truck and Bike Show June 4 2016

I attended the CTM Truck and Bike Show at the Red River Ex Grounds on Saturday. It was a great show!

Dave Mackenzie and his gang of diehard supporters put on a show that continues to get better every year.  While it wasn’t an overwhelmingly crowded event, the attendance was consistent and steady throughout the day.

Representatives of several trucking companies were there along with several different suppliers and some unique vendors, such as a gentleman who makes amazing wooden models.  Several enthusiastic rockin’ bands provided music that appealed to many interests.

Every Mackenzie-run production requires something special, so Big Daddy Tazz MC’d the event, Chrome and Steel Radio was there and Marc Springer from Shipping Wars brought his larger-than-life personality. Fionn MacCools sponsored a chicken wing eating contest, Champion Towing flipped a full semi from its’ side back onto its’ wheels and several amazing local bobtails showed their shiny sides.

It was an enjoyable, affordable show with a good grassroots feel to it.

Kudos to Dave Mackenzie who is a tireless and enthusiastic supporter of trucking.

The digital version of his magazine is at www.canadiantruckingmagazine.ca or find one in your local truck stop after the 15th of every month. Check it out!