Wreaths Across Canada (WAC) is a non-profit organization that specifically honours veterans buried in Canada.
Not all of them died in battle, although many served in combat and peacekeeping missions, and during the Cold War. Some gave their lives or were wounded in training accidents or during peacekeeping operations, but all of them responded to their country’s call, prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice.
WAC is based on the Wreaths Across America organization that started in 1992 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virigina. It was in 2009 that Wreaths Across Canada NL was started by D. Wayne Evans to honour his father, Fred Evans, a gunner in the 166th Newfoundland.
For the 2013 Season, WAC NL gratefully acknowledged the support of a number of contributors, including McConnell Transport Ltd., of Woodstock, NB
The wreaths that are used are made of real balsam fir boughs purchased from Bell Woodlots Ltd. in Bristol, NB, not far from the McConnell Transport head office.
If you wish to support the Wreaths Across Canada in Newfoundland, check into the WAC website at wacnl.ca.
P.R.O. Kids is a program that is run by the Western Valley Recreational Association (www.wvra.ca). Their goal is to provide assistance to as many children and youth (18 & Under) as possible, who, due to lack of funds, are unable to participate in sport, art, recreational or cultural activities.
P.R.O. Kids’ vision is that all children residing in the Western Valley Recreation Association area (Nackawic to Plaster Rock) have the opportunity to participate in recreation activities that boost their self esteem and promote their healthy growth through the learning of new skills, increased knowledge and personal development.
McConnell Transport has made a donation to the Western Valley Recreation Association’s P.R.O. Kids program with money raised from our staff’s “Jeans Day Friday” fundraiser. In this photo, Jeremy Vail (right), a minor hockey coach and representing McConnell Transport, presents the donation to WVRA Representative Kent Kuhn.
McConnell Transport Ltd recently celebrated National Trucking Week, which ran from September 1 – 7, 2013. Every driver and employee was treated to a “goodie” bag that was filled with great items, all courtesy of our generous suppliers. There was also a great BBQ put on for everyone in attendance as well as draws for a great number of fantastic door prizes! It was certainly a very successful week, and we are already looking forward to NTW 2014!
After months of work, our new trailer parking lot is almost completed! A big thank you to all of our staff and especially our drivers for their patience while we undertook this huge expansion! There is still a bit more work to be done, but you can easily see that the lights are up and lit (a beautiful sight at night time)!
McConnell Transport Ltd. has recently made a donation to the Special Olympics, Western Valley Region (SOWVR). This charity was voted by our office staff to receive money raised during office “Jeans Day”, where staff donate each Friday to wear their jeans in support of a good cause. In the photo (L-R) are: Dakota Wilson – Athlete, Evelyn Kitchen – SOWVR Regional Co-Ordinator, Jennifer DaCunha – McConnell Transport Accounting Representative.
McConnell Transport has commenced the expansion of the trailer drop yard facilities at the Jacksonville, NB terminal. This extensive project started June 12th and should be finished by early August 2013. There will be challenges faced during this growth but all staff, and especially the McConnell Drivers and Technicians, are very experienced in putting forth the effort when a goal is set before us. This expansion puts us on the map as the largest, secure facility in the area.
Welcome to the new and improved McConnell Transport website! We hope that you will find many interesting things over the coming days, weeks and months with information about our company, our people and our way of life.
Please take a few minutes to look around and read the articles that we have posted, and keep checking back as we add new things!
The Staff of McConnell Transport Ltd. recently donated to the School District Breakfast program (www.vfsfoodbank.com) from donations for wearing jeans on Fridays over the last few weeks.
Pictured here are, L to R: Amy Bannister (Traffic Department), Volunteer Family Services Director Sandra Olmstead and Lori Springer (SCTRR Department).
At McConnell Transport we are pleased with our addition of trailers equipped with SmartWay verified, advanced side skirts. These side skirts will not only improve our fuel economy but help prevent heavy snow and ice buildup, reduce road spray that is common in rainy conditions and help us to minimize the carbon footprint we leave behind. This is just one example of our focus on fuel efficiency.
Fuel and Compliance Analyst
The staff of McConnell Transport Ltd. donated $457.75 to the Canadian Red Cross’ HELP program from weekly donations for wearing jeans on Friday.
For more than 50 years the Canadian Red Cross (www.redcross.ca) has been offering Health Equipment Loan Programs. These programs vary across the country according to types of health and medical equipment provided, length of loan, access procedures, and type of service.
The Red Cross provides more than 50,000 pieces of health equipment to Atlantic Canadians every year, ranging from crutches and canes to specialized equipment such as wheelchairs. The HELP program rely on volunteers and the generous support of donors like the staff at McConnell Transport.
In the photo are (from left to right) Canadian Red Cross Service Centre Coordinator Sue Vasiliauskas, McConnell Transport Staff representatives Christine MacKenzie (SCTRR Dept) and Brenda Long Traffic Dept)