Monthly Archives: November 2015

Polaris welcomes David Dickson as Toronto terminal manager

david-dicksonDavid Dickson joined our ranks just 4 short weeks ago. He brings two decades of experience in transportation operations and enjoyed a long career at Purolator after attending Laurier University.

David came to Polaris through an HR firm that specializes in the transportation industry. He reports directly to Dave Cox and is responsible for the Toronto terminal operations. Mr. Cox states, “David assesses and executes quickly. He has made some significant improvements already and has been well received by our team. He has accumulated great operational expertise and has very good people skills to boot. His combination of skills, experience and get it done attitude makes him a great addition to Polaris.”

David resides with his girlfriend in the Village of St. Jacobs, just north of Waterloo. The quaint area is a bit of a tourist spot, steeped in history and set in a charming location along the Conestoga River. With a population just under 2,000 people, David enjoys the contrast from the big city hustle. David explains, “Most of my career has been in the Southwestern Ontario region. We love the lifestyle here.”

When David isn’t keeping freight on the go or doing the 1 hour plus commute to and from work, you will find him standing sideways. That is to say, he is an avid wake and snow boarder and enjoys the thrill of these high action activities. Welcome aboard David!

One of our own rewarded for a job well done

willard-lord

Willard Lord, one of our city drivers, was just recognized for his great work as a foster parent to aboriginal children. He and his wife Elizabeth, a retired nurse, have cared for 24 children since 2008. The majority of the kids cared for have come to them with health problems, sometimes severe ones and all have flourished under their care.

Willard and Elizabeth came to Canada from Saint Lucia 25 years ago. Along with the special care they provide their foster children, they are both Pentecostal pastors in their community. Giving back is part of their daily routine. Willard explains, “We both love children and find it very rewarding to see our foster kids grow and find good homes. Our roles as Pastors to the area are equally rewarding.”

The couple was recently recognized for their efforts and received the honour of “Resource Parents of the Year” by the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. Larry Cox comments, “I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Willard until word got to me about his recent award. I think it’s wonderful to learn more about the folks that make up our team. I would like to congratulate Willard and his wife Elizabeth on their years of dedication helping aboriginal children. I’m proud to have you as part of Polaris Willard. A job well done indeed!”