By Marianne Curtis
A truck driver that works for Big Freight in Steinbach was recently named as Driver of the Year by the Manitoba Trucking Association.
On June 26, Bill Gagnon was honored for his 43 years of excelparty service to the trucking industry by being officially named this year’s 2010 MTA-Volvo Trucks Canada Driver of the Year.
Adrian Van Rassel, Planner with Big Freight Systems Inc says that Gagnon is “courteous and on-time, all the time”.
“He is someone who goes out of his way to make himself available for any jobs,” Rassel praised. “He has a customer first attitude but is also a strong team player and is always willing to help new drivers.”
Gagnon began his forty-three years ago a truck driver with the Canadian Armed Forces. He worked as a driver in the military until 1983, at which time he moved into the trucking industry.
His first foray in trucking outside of the military was as a bush driver in northwestern Ontario. He drove these bush roads for a couple of years before switching to drive Super B trains, which he did for 6 years. He then moved to transporting reefers for 7 years. His second last move was to hauling grain trailers for 8 years, before making his move over to Big Freight Systems Inc. where he averages about 110,000 miles annually.
When he isn’t behind the wheel, Gagnon takes time to fish, hunt, hike, camp, and garden. Like most drivers, he loves to be home for days off to take part in these activities with his wife Tasha and six children. He also plays baseball and soccer with his kids, and enjoys carpentry projects and working around the house.
The MTA-Volvo Trucks Canada Driver of the Year Award is presented annually to a deserving driver. The recipient is chosen from a pool of a dozen drivers that were recognized during the previous year.