In February 1999 the dream of a Western Canadian Trucking Magazine became a reality. Until then the only magazines available in Western Canada were published in Ontario and the advertisers, for the most part, were from the East.
Today Western Canadian truckers have their own magazine that is quite unique in that we don’t write technical articles. Instead Pro-Trucker is an entertainment magazine where you can read about other drivers and their life on the road; their problems and how they handle them; issues of the day and the ever present humour that hopefully will put a smile on your face when you are far from home.
We will be parking some of the trucks indoors at BC Big Rig Weekend for the first time this year. There have been a number of reservations but space is limited so don’t forget to reserve your spot by calling us at 1-800-331-8127.
April 2014 Editorial:
“Unsafe is Unacceptable.” by John White
It is with great sadness that I tell you MaryAnne Arcand, the Executive Director of the Central Interior Logging Association, passed away March 17th after a brief battle with cancer. ‘Unsafe is Unacceptable,’ was her byline when she wrote articles for Pro-Trucker and she lived by it. I have known very few people who were as dedicated to helping others as she was. She was affectionately known as ‘Bulldozer,’ a nickname she earned from her relentless pursuit of her objectives. And those objectives were always for the good of others. Many people benefited from her projects such as lobbying the government and then finding corporate sponsorship to build a wilderness camp for troubled kids in the Chilcotin and more importantly to our industry, her relentless pursuit of safety for both loggers and logging truck drivers in BC. Much of the reduction in logging industry deaths – from 43 deaths in 2005 down to 0 in 2011- can be directly credited to her efforts. Not that she would take the credit, she passed that on to others she worked with. In 2007, long before she took the Executive Director’s job she was awarded their association’s Member of the Year award. She believed in having her feet on the ground. It was said at the presentation that the previous year she had met with over 6,000 workers and their families teaching them safe practices and responding to their issues and concerns.
In 2009, when she became the Executive Director of the Central Interior Logging Association – she was the first woman to hold that position in a resource-based industry association in B.C. Many readers will have met MaryAnne at provincial truck shows from BC Big Rig Weekend to the Vancouver Island and Cariboo Truck Shows, where she advocated truck safety. MaryAnne was truly one of a kind. Safety was not just a job for her. She was dedicated, down to earth and truly cared about what she was doing and the people that she was doing it for. She loved people and made friends wherever she went. She will be sorely missed.
In November 2002 we profiled a young Calgary man as our Rig of the Month driver. In August of 2007 at Alberta Big Rig Weekend we then presented the same young man with the very first Pro-Trucker Magazine’s Community Service Award for the various charities and community events he has been involved in, from the ‘18 Wheels of Christmas’ food drives, to the ‘The World’s longest Convoy’ for the Special Olympics. Most recently he has wrapped his truck in support of our Canadian troops. Most Western Canadians will already know I am talking about Mike (Motor) Rosenau. I am ver pleased to say that Motor has recently been chosen as the Highway Star of the year by Today’s Trucking. On April 12 Motor will receive his award at Truck World, at the International Centre in Mississauga Ontario. Congratulations Motor – we are all proud of you and pleased to call you a friend