Monthly Archives: November 2016

Our people move freight. These are their stories: Shaun Noble

shaun-nobleWithout a doubt it’s Polaris who scored when Shaun Noble joined the Polaris family.

Shaun has been a part of the Polaris family for the past 7 years. When beginning his career with us, Shaun brought over 5 years of experience as a load planner, lead hand dockworker and shunter with him. Starting as a full-time dockworker, Shaun quickly became a lead hand and a part-time shunter within 2 years. He has worked in all aspects of the warehouse during our 24 hour a day operation. He has gained a great deal of knowledge of the inner workings of Polaris freight flow during this time. Most recently Shaun received a promotion to AM/DAY shift supervisor.

We asked him what he thought the best part about working with Polaris was. Shaun’s response, “I really like the fact that Polaris treats all their employees well and with respect.”  David Dickson, Director of Operations, states “People skills are a real strength of Shaun, he is well respected by both internal and external peers alike. His wide range of skills will allow us to continue the evolution of the warehouse operation.” A goal of Shaun’s is to move up within the Polaris ranks, through positions that offer new challenges and experiences.

Shaun has a passion for hockey and his family. After work, if he’s not spending his time at home in Streetsville with his wife and two daughters (aged 10 and 7), you’ll find him at the hockey rink. Shaun has been coaching his daughter’s teams for the past 6 years. He’s currently the head coach of his younger daughter’s house league novice team and an assistant coach for his older daughter’s Atom BB rep team. 

 The last of our interview questions asked Shaun if there was anyone special he wanted to mention. His answer, “I would like to thank my wife. She has been very patient over the years with any extra time I have spent at work.” Shaun is as much of a dynamic part of our Polaris family, as he is in his own family.

Our people move freight. These are their stories: Monica Quevedo

Soon after receiving her secondary education diploma and spending some time in the retail industry, Monica joined the Polaris family in the Customs Department. She has become a great asset translating and helping customers from Puerto Rico, USA and Mexico who only speak Spanish.

We asked Monica what she enjoyed about working at Polaris Transportation. Aside from being able to interact with people from all over Canada and USA, Monica expressed how much she enjoys being able to participate in activities for two of Polaris’ favourite organizations, playing volleyball for SickKids and attending the ALS walks.
Monica loves being a part of her community, helping others and volunteering. Monica says it was her Mom, who Monica describes as being her best friend, that has always encouraged her to volunteer within a community. Monica’s Mom is her inspiration and if it wasn’t for her, Monica says she wouldn’t be the person she is today. After being a part of the Polaris ALS Walking for Rick team in 2015, Monica signed up with ALS Canada to be a volunteer for the 2016 walk in Brampton. She also volunteers with “Hands for the Homeless” and “Hope Tdot”. These are small groups on Facebook where volunteers go around the streets of Toronto giving food, beverages, blankets and clothing to those who live on the streets. Monica also makes time to volunteer bi-weekly at her church named Elevation.

Outside of Polaris, if you don’t see Monica volunteering her time for wonderful charities, you’ll often catch her spending time with family, playing with her two big but adorable Pitbull mix dogs, watching movies, being adventurous, travelling or going on road trips.

We asked Monica if she had a favourite quote. Her answer, “Do good and lend, without expecting anything in return – Luke 6:35”. This seems to fit her perfectly. We are proud to have Monica as a part of our team, a part of our Polaris family.