Category Archives: Driver of the Year

Nominate a Driver or Safety Person of the Year for 2018

As we come into the month of April it becomes an important month for those wanting to recognize team members and peers in the industry. Nominations close April 30th for the Hamilton Chapter.

Every year the Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council recognize a Driver of the Year who is performing above and beyond to be safe and give back to their communities. Last years recipient was Mike Lotakow of Verpeeten Transport who had an amazing career as a professional driver. Click here to find out how to nominate your driver.

Check out the the incredible story of Mike Lotakow

The Hamilton Niagara Chapter also awards a Risk Safety Professional of the Year. This is someone who is at the forefront of the industry in promoting safety and leadership, is dedicated to their chapter, and gives back to the community. Last year the recipient was Sheila Land who has been an instrumental part of Hamilton Chapter for many years. If you know someone who is going above and beyond the call of duty in the industry please nominate them. You can find out the criteria through clicking this link.

Check out the interview with Sheila Land below.

Deadlines for nominations close April 30th

 

About the Chapter

The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council is part of the Fleet Safety Council of Ontario and promotes safety within the workplace and transportation industry. To learn more about the Chapter visit their website at www.hamiltonniagarafleetsafetycouncil.com

 

A look into the life of Driver of the Year Mike Lotakow

Mike Lotakow of Verspeeten Cartage was awarded the Driver of the Year for 2017 with the Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council under Supervisor Rick Brown. Congratulations to Mike for a job well done and if you would like to see the presentation to Mike you can view it here.

About the Chapter

The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council is part of the Fleet Safety Council of Ontario and promotes safety within the workplace and transportation industry. To learn more about the Chapter visit their website at www.hamiltonniagarafleetsafetycouncil.com

Mike Lotakow is awarded Safe Driver of the Year 2017

The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council awarded the Safe driver of the Year award also known as the Rick Grammick Award to Mike Lotakow of Verspeeten Transport for his immaculate driving record, compassion for his fellow man, and leadership in being a true professional driver. Mike works under Rick Brown who is the Safety Supervisor for Verspeeten.  Mike was in attendance with family members to receive the award and honoured for his professionalism. You can learn more about Mike Lotakow in future posts with his interview with Bruce Outridge. here are the highlights from the presentation.

About the Chapter

The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council is part of the Fleet Safety Council of Ontario and promotes safety within the workplace and transportation industry. To learn more about the Chapter visit their website at www.hamiltonniagarafleetsafetycouncil.com

Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council Announces Safety Person and Safety Driver of the Year

It was announced at the June Meeting the Safety Person and Safe Driver of the Year for the 2017-2018 season. We would like to congratulate all nominees for being nominated and realize that to be in the running shows your dedication to the industry.

Safety Person of the Year

The Safety Person of the Year has been award to Sheila Land of Sheila LandHilfield Strathallan Bus Lines. Sheila is the Transportation Supervisor and will be presented the award at the September Chapter Meeting and recognized at the annual conference in October for the Fleet Safety Council. Congratulations to Sheila Land.

Safe Driver of the Year

The Safe Driver of the Year was awarded to Mike Lotakow of Mike LotakowVerpeeten Cartage Ltd. in Ingersoll, Ontario.  Mike will be presented the award at the September Chapter Meeting and recognized at the annual conference in October for the Fleet Safety Council.  Congratulations to Mike for a job well done!

About the Chapter

The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council is part of the Fleet Safety Council of Ontario and promotes safety within the workplace and transportation industry. To learn more about the Chapter visit their website at www.hamiltonniagarafleetsafetycouncil.com

APPRECIATION by Nick Nicholson

Recently I was very honoured to receive the Risk/Safety Professional of the Year Award from nominations submitted by Glen Harvey and George Skotidas, fellow Members of our FSC Chapter.

Inside, I don’t really feel I deserve this but, I am thrilled that the most important people in my life and that surround me, think I do and voted to make it happen. Thank You, one and all!

This has me thinking about appreciation. It is the absolute greatest feeling to be appreciated for something and it is a touch that happens to so few people. Criticism, on the other hand, we can find everywhere and with just about everything. Even our jokes involve criticism and somebody, somewhere feels “put down”. It is much easier to believe the bad stuff and consequently our self-esteem suffers.

Talking “sensitivity” around our Chapter is a bit of a joke because they all know that I produced a Sensitivity Course that was adopted by our Federal Government. This, they think is funny because I am probably the most insensitive person you’ll ever meet. Archie Bunker comes to mind.

However, the very first sensitivity course I ever took was presented by a young lady (tragically died shortly after) from the City of Mississauga who demonstrated to us how a gesture of appreciation makes everybody feel good. As an exercise of the class at lunch time, we were to compile and deliver a message about the service of the “take-out” food establishment that we had collectively called to supply our order.

It was amazing. The attention we paid to the call taker, the quality of the food preparation, the packaging, and the delivery person was very detailed. After the meal, we went on speaker phone and called the manager of the establishment to express our gratitude to each person and asked him to forward our experience on to his staff. Wow, what a wonderful incident! Our effort took a small amount of time, at no cost to us, and was done on our lunch break and yet, we all felt wonderful. My father often used an expression: “The hand that bestows the flowers retains most of the scent.” He was right.

Conversely, I once had a boss who flatly declared that he didn’t believe in incentives for his staff.  In his opinion, he paid us to work and anything and everything we did was expected. He quite often came out with the appropriate words to thank people or profess “a job well done”, but it always came across as being phoney lip service after that. He demonstrated that he had no respect for the people working for him and looking back, I’m not surprised to see a fast turnover of staff and a large volume of “whiners” and “moaners” among those who stayed. It was like a pocket of pus infiltrating the company!

In my memory, every individual who ever tried to take it upon themselves to improve that organization in some way was “shot down” by this boss. It automatically left you feeling unwanted, left out, inept and unwilling to suggest anything helpful in the future. Very quickly that feeling gets around to other staff, the customers and the general public. It becomes a hard environment to live in. The opinion about the company suffers and eventually the business dies. It’s a horrible feeling to watch a beautiful and winning concept wash down the drain.

Both appreciation and criticism can be given at no cost by the Nick-2015provider but, the end result for all is the difference between what’s extremely good and extremely bad. What do you think is preferable?

I don’t know how my competition felt the other day during this award process but, I’m willing to bet, because of the kind of people they are, that they were pleased for me. I probably had a distinct advantage because I am older than they are and have had more time to devote to the profession.

I know that there still are “the takers” of the world but, I suggest to you that those people do not feel good about themselves. They may get things for nothing to a point but, eventually, it comes back to haunt them in one fashion or another.

Safety is a very interesting and rewarding business. The sharing of “safety” itself is a wonderful feeling.  If one can influence somebody, anybody, into leading a safer life that keeps them from harm then, we all live better lives.

Keep the “shiny side up” folks, whether you are driving or just living life. Always look for the “good” in people. It is there, somewhere. Appreciate it and it comes back tenfold!

Keep your people safe.

The beauty of life is in your hands.
THINK SAFETY ……… EVERYWHERE ……….. ALL THE TIME

About the Author

Nick Nicholson, is a retired safety practitioner who spent many years researching the human behaviour factors of driver and pedestrian actions. Specifically, he spent 25 of those years devoted to highway crash investigations, regulatory compliance, the design, implementation and presentation of safety programs. Nick enjoyed many hours presenting professional driver enhancement training to adult participants.

As a long time Fleet Safety Council Member (1988) and the Founding Chair (1992-1995) of Council’s Hamilton-Niagara Chapter, he presents his opinions in hopes of improving the safety knowledge of readers. Nick is a firm believer in human advancement through positive attitudes, solution thinking and the understanding that the beauty of life is always in your hands.

Old Uncle Nicky’s Opinions are his own and in no way reflect the opinions of Fleet Safety Council

Randy Packham and Nick Nicholson are recognized at Fleet Safety Conference 2016

Nick Nicholson and Randy Packham were recognized at the Annual Fleet Safety Conference in Mississauga recently on their respective awards of safety person of the Year and Driver of the Year. Congratulations to both for jobs well done. Here are a few pictures from the event.

About the Chapter

The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council is part of the Fleet Safety Council of Ontario and promotes safety within the workplace and transportation industry. To learn more about the Chapter visit their website at www.hamiltonniagarafleetsafetycouncil.com

Randy Packham Wins Driver of the Year 2016

Randy Packham of CPC Logistics / Huron Services Group /John Deere Account won the Hamilton Niagara’s Fleet Safety Council of the Year Award for his triumphant and successful career as a professional driver. Randy’s heroic efforts during a major accident in 2015 were outstanding and helped save the lives of others involved. Randy comes from a long line of truck drivers and has logged over 2,000,000 miles collision free. He will be honoured again at the Fleet Safety Council Conference in late September 2016. Below are a few highlights from the event as Randy was recognized by the Chapter.

About the Chapter

The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council is part of the Fleet Safety Council of Ontario and promotes safety within the workplace and transportation industry. To learn more about the Chapter visit their website at www.hamiltonniagarafleetsafetycouncil.com

Randy Packham of Huron Services Group assigned to the John Deere Fleet Wins Driver of the Year Award

Randy Packham of the Huron Services Group has won the Driver of fleetsafetycouncilthe year Award for the Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council for 2016. Randy will be recognized in September at both the regular Chapter meeting and the upcoming Safety Conference.

Randy Packham is employed by Huron Services Group part of the CPC Logistics Group of Companies and is assigned as a driver to the John Deere Fleet. He was awarded Driver of the Year for his heroic efforts and professionalism as a driver.

Randy has logged over 2,000,000 miles accident free and helped to shield motorists in a giant crash on January 9, 2015 involving over 193 vehicles, seventy-three of those were semi trucks and 119 cars that lasted two days in cleaning up. Although Randy was in the middle of the crash, he managed to stop his vehicle without incident and drove it away from the crash scene.

Randy has been recognized by his own company as Driver of the Year and also by the Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council in Ontario for his heroic efforts.

Congratulations Randy!

View the video below to learn more about the Huron Services Group.

Do you have a driver to nominate for driver of the year?

It is that time of year to get your information together and choose the best driver in your fleet.  The last one nominated was in 2011 by G. Zavitz Ltd.  Check out the Driver of the Year Page for criteria on nominating your drivers.

Rick Grammick Award Nomination Form

The Driver of the Year Award for 2011 was awarded to Herbert Peters who is currently driving for G.Zavitz Ltd.in Niagara Falls Ontario. Herb has shown outstanding abilities as a professional driver and upstanding person and was chosen by the Hamilton Niagara Chapter as this years recipient. Herb was presented with a Fleet Safety Council Jacket and the Rick Gramick Memorial Award Trophy at the September 2011 meeting for the Hamilton Niagara Chapter. Nick Nicholson read the many accolades and extremely impressive biography about Herb while presenting the award.

Herb was honoured again in October 2011 at the annual safety conference in London, Ontario .

Congratulations to Herb for a job well done!

Nominate your driver today!

Rick Grammick Award Nomination Form

Driver of the Year 2012

Nominations are being requested for Driver of the Year for 2012. If you have a driver in your fleet that meets the criteria and you would like them to be recognized for their accomplishments then now is the time. To learn more about the Driver of the Year Program please check out the Driver of the Year page