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Kelly Henderson, Executive Director for the Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic has been in the Trucking Industry for over 24 years. Having started her career in the Trucking Industry at a leading private career college for the trucking industry in Atlantic Canada, it was a natural progression to move to the Council in 2004. Her work has focused in a variety of areas, not limited to, recruitment and retention, training standards, certifications and building human resource capacity in the trucking industry. Over the years she has received many industry awards and recognitions for her contributions to industry. Most recently was recognized as Woman of the Year in Transportation for her dedication to excellence in the trucking industry. Continuous learning is one of Kelly’s top priorities. “The trucking industry has been very good to me – the best part of what I do is that every day is different – I experience new challenges and new opportunities regularly with ongoing opportunity to learn and grow.”

I don’t often speak to my own personal recognitions – like most of us, we do what we do because we believe in the trucking industry. And we are living and breathing this amazing sector every day.

I have reflected on this recognition for just over a month and I am as humbled today, as I was the day I received the Mentorship Award from the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada.

As this is a newly introduced award, many will not know this award is in memory of Richard Cripps, a Professional Driver who had a strong passion for the trucking industry. He believed Professional Drivers needed to continue to support professional driving practices and that being a Professional Driver was a great career. His strong beliefs led him to establishing Canada’s Trucking Forum.

Having an opportunity to meet his brother and sister while receiving the award was incredibly special. Having followed Richard on social media I knew how important Richard was to his fellow Professional Drivers. However, meeting his family and learning more about the person he was in all areas of his life added to the moment.

On the award is #SA1 and when I asked what it meant, Richard’s brother and sister quickly shared it means Stand As 1. Richard believed strongly that the professional drivers need to stand together – they need to support professional recognition of the occupation. And they need to support entry-level training standards.

I think Richard left us with a valuable lesson. At no point should our professional drivers feel isolated from industry. As such we should all be prepared to #SA1 when it comes to professional driver recognition, entry-level standards and the amazing opportunities this industry offers.

What I want to challenge us all to think of as we approach 2019 is how can we support one another? Regardless of our role in the trucking industry – how will we demonstrate that? And most importantly – let’s all #SA1 and keep Richard’s message alive!

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Kelly Henderson, Executive Director for the Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic has been in the Trucking Industry for over 24 years. Having started her career in the Trucking Industry at a leading private career college for the trucking industry in Atlantic Canada, it was a natural progression to move to the Council in 2004. Her work has focused in a variety of areas, not limited to, recruitment and retention, training standards, certifications and building human resource capacity in the trucking industry. Over the years she has received many industry awards and recognitions for her contributions to industry. Most recently was recognized as Woman of the Year in Transportation for her dedication to excellence in the trucking industry. Continuous learning is one of Kelly’s top priorities. “The trucking industry has been very good to me – the best part of what I do is that every day is different – I experience new challenges and new opportunities regularly with ongoing opportunity to learn and grow.”

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  1. Kelly, that is beautifully written. My hope is that his message as expressed by yourself is supported by all drivers. We as his parents, Coreen his mother was in tears after reading this (tears of joy) and wants to thank you as I do for your expressions as defined in the article. Due to health concerns we were unable to make it down to see you receive the well deserved award, as I am sure Richard would be. We are so very proud of Richards efforts to further the status of drivers everywhere and to #SA1 his efforts will not soon be forgotten by thousands of drivers as attested to by the many comments on his page and mine. Again I want to wish you well in your chosen career and be assured we will #SA1. Love from both of us, Al and Coreen.

  2. Thanks Kelly for honouring my brother and the call to action for the industry to keep his motto and his passion for unity within the industry, alive!

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