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Remembering Nick Nicholson

John Robert Nick Nicholson Saturday June 1st 2019

Posted on June 3, 2019June 3, 2019 by luc

It is with profound sadness that we say goodbye to John “Nick” Nicholson. Nick passed away peacefully in his 73rd year at the Brantford General Hospital on Saturday, June 1st 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Nick was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia on December 3rd, 1946, where he spent his childhood. Nick was the beloved husband of Marian Nicholson for 37 years. Their love of travel led them on many adventures. Nick will be greatly missed by his step-children: Cindy Clark (Dave), Ron Thornberry, Brenda Thornberry, Barb Kinsella (Steve), Deb Thornberry, and Bill Thornberry. He will be loved always by his 13 grandchildren: Kelly, Cheryl, Kyle, Patrick, Shawna, Avalon, Shay, Kaitlyn, Rachel, Doug, Jake, Aiden, Noah, and 10 great grandchildren. Nick is predeceased by his parents, John and Hazel Nicholson. Nick is survived by his loving sister Ann Rich, nieces and nephew Kathy, Gwen, Andrew and their families. He served in the military and was a Sergeant in the Reserves.

Nick was a kind and generous neighbour, respected member of the community and was always willing to lend a hand to his family and friends. He worked as a Safety Manager at Airways Transit for 33 years and was a recognized life member of the Hamilton/Niagara Chapter of the Fleet Safety Council from 1988-2017. A special thank you for the compassion of the Palliative Care Team at the Brantford General Hospital.

A celebration of his life will take place on Sunday, June 9th, 2019 at the Dunsdon Legion Branch 461, 9 Tollgate Road, Brantford from 1 – 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

We will miss you Nick!

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Founding Member Nick Nicholson Passes away June 1, 2019

It is with a heavy heart that we pass on the news that Nick Nicholson passed away Saturday Evening.  For those who knew Nick, we will all agree we have lost a great friend and most likely the biggest Ambassador for safety in the Transportation industry we have ever met.  That is huge accolade coming from a group whom are all committed to safety.

Fleet Safety Conference 2016For Those who did not know Nick, Nick was the first chairperson of The Hamilton Niagara Chapter when it was formed back in the late 80’s.  I would be willing to bet that Marion (Nicks wife), will still have copies of the minutes of the meetings from that time. Nick has been known not to throw anything out when it came to safety and his safety organizations.   Nick Sat on various committees and took a lead role on many committees within the Fleet safety Council including assisting and organizing the Fleet safety Annual Conference when it was held in the Hamilton Niagara Area.  Several years ago, Each Chapter would get a turn in hosting the annual conference in their area.  The Chapter would organize everything from the Speakers, the venue, meals and accommodations.  A lot of work and Nick was always one of the Members stepping up to the plate to assist, and again in many cases taking the lead.

Nick-2015

When other Chapters had the driver of the year, Nick brought forward that we should be promoting the drivers of the fleets we represent. Nick gathered information from the other chapters with that award, took the best of their criteria and developed our application and award criteria.  Then offered to be the chairperson of the committee to review and select our Driver of the year award each year.  Then once selected Nick would look after all things like the Trophies, Plaques, ordering a  correct size jacket for the driver and ensuring the driver was registered and attending the annual safety conference and at the annual conference banquet present our Chapters safe Driver, and let everyone know all the reasons why we picked this driver as our Recipient that year.

Nick Nicholson
Nick Nicholson

A few years later our Chapter voted to have an additional award.  We would select from the membership of our Chapter a risk safety professional of the year.  All though Nick was not as enthused with this Award as he said we need to be very careful patting ourselves on the back, as the Driver is where the rubber hits the road, and our hard work will be recognized with the Driver of the year award.  Even though Nick had an opinion with this award he once again took on the task to see what other Chapters were doing with this award and then created Hamilton Niagara’s award criteria and application.  Nick as well had a review committee established for this award.  On our first year we had issues.  The Chairperson of the Safety and Risk Professional Award (Nick), had to withdraw and get a replacement due to having a conflict of interest.  Yes Nick was a nominee, and I am very proud to say Nick was our first Recipient and very deserving of this award.

Nick with Awards
Nick Nicholson-Safety person 2016

Nick was also our recording secretary for many years. I think about 17 years.  When asked at a chapter meeting who would take on this task, when no one else would commit, Nick Said yes.  His attention to detail at each meeting was incredible.  We went from having meeting minutes to having a mini book after each meeting.  Our Guest Speaker information shared was often captured by Nick in several pages of notes.  Nick Continued in this role even after retirement from Airways Transit, until his health would not allow him to regularly attend our meetings.

When Nick would contact me he would often say it’s me your old Uncle Nicky .  Well old Uncle Nicky will truly be missed and I can personally say he was not only a colleague but a good friend.  Rest in peace Nick.

Brad

Brad Bird  R.P.T.

Training Consultant / High Risk Training

HFSC Talks Driver Trainers at Managing the Risk Lottery Seminar

The Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council talked about compliance in regards to driver training qualifications at their recent seminar. Here is a bit of the discussion  from the panelists at the seminar.

Members can go to the Presentation Page to listen to the full seminar in audio format.

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

Road Check Starts June 4-6th, 2019

The Fleet Safety Council is a great way to keep your company up to date on changing regulations and safety information to take back to your team helping to improve your company safety rating.  The Hamilton Niagara Chapter of the Fleet Safety Council meets the last Thursday of each month from September to June and has a number of experts from safety, legal, and insurance helping keep our roadways safer. Our next meeting is on Thursday May 28th in Grimsby, Ontario.

HFSC Meeting

Road Check starts in June and the meeting is a good place to get questions answered from people well versed with the transportation industry. Why not join us and see why this is the most inexpensive way to keep your fleet safe.

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

IHSA Attends Skilled Trades Competition

IHSA was front and center at the recent Skills Ontario Skilled Trade Competition promoting safety in the workplace. Displays included the Workplace Mobile Trailer and inside booth in the main arena. The Skilled Trades Competition is in it’s 30th year and was held at the North Toronto Congress Centre. Here are some pictures from the event. Way to go IHSA!

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

Charlie Charalambous Talks Driver Verification Strategies at Hamilton Fleet Safety Council Meeting

Charlie Charalambous of ISB / MEE shared strategies on qualifying drivers and strategies for verifying documents. Fraudulent documents are rampant within the industry so have a way of verifying the documents. You can learn more about ISB/MEE at www.isbmee.com

Also discussed in the meeting was employment changes coming up in September, updates on safety regulations and speeding violations with Jodi Burness.

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

Tammy Blackwell Addresses HFSC Audience at Managing the Risk Lottery Seminar

Charles Shields Chairperson for the Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council kicked off the Managing the Risk Lottery Spring Seminar in March followed by Bruce Outridge who introduced Tammy Blackwell of the Truck Convoy for Special Olympics. Tammy talked about the importance of supporting the convoy and plans for their 15th anniversary convoy happening on September 13-14th, 2019. You can learn more about the convoy at www.truckconvoy.ca

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

Managing the Risk Presentations

If you were at the 2019 Managing Your Risk and would like to view the presentation slides you can do so by clicking the PDF links below. Video replays will be available for members as they are available on the presentations page.

Managing The Risk Lottery Intro Presentation

Policy and Procedure Lottery

 

You can also find these on the seminar page

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Pictures from HFSC Spring Seminar 2019

Good information was delivered to a full house at the 2019 Spring Seminar Managing the Risk Lottery put on by the Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council yesterday in Hamilton Ontario. Below are pictures from the event.

Audience walks away with amazing content at the HFSC Managing Your Risk Seminar

Great content was shared yesterday at the 2019 Annual Spring Seminar hosted by the Hamilton Niagara Fleet Safety Council. An expert panel including legal, safety, insurance, and management experts offered amazing information to attendees. many comments were made on how good the content was provided at the full seminar.

Thank you to our sponsors and panelists for a job well done!

Managing The Rsk Lottery Intro

Check out the Presentation Slides and information from the seminar by clicking here.