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Thank a Trucker! – Updated May 8

Message from CTA:

Are you proud of the extraordinary job truck drivers are doing during this crisis? Are you a member of the public who is grateful that your store shelves are being restocked because truck drivers continue to roll? Don’t be shy – tell them so on your social media platforms. Be sure to use the hashtags #thankatrucker #thankadriver Consider using some of the language below:

Thank you to all the women and men who drive truck and have stepped up to help us get through this crisis, protect Canadians and keep our economy moving.

Throughout history our nation’s truck drivers have been depended on to support the country in our time of need. Once again, they have answered the call.

Like the saying goes, “if you got it, a truck brought it”. Remember those words as you wait for store shelves to be restocked with food, emergency relief supplies as well as vital medical and sanitation products we need to combat the spread of this virus. 

As a society we enjoy an unparalleled level of security and certainty because of the sophistication and reliability of our modern supply chain. In large part, it is the professional driver that ultimately makes it happen. 

Truck driving is an essential service. Please treat these front-line workers with the upmost respect and dignity they deserve and thank a trucker for the amazing job they are doing during this critical time.

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Next year (2021), I don’t want to hear about the Oscars (The Academy Awards), Grammys, Tonys or Golden Globes. I don’t want to see actors, singers, celebrities or sports personalities on any red carpet!!! . Next year, I want to see nurses, doctors, ambulance crews, fire fighters, health care support workers, delivery guys, shop workers, truck drivers, mechanics, grocery store workers, and all other essential workers get free red carpet parties with awards and expensive goodie bags. . Thank you to all of you that are working hard to keep us safe and have food on our table. . Share this message and let’s see if we can make this happen💪 . #thankahealthcareworker #thankfirstresponders #thankatrucker #thankamechanic #fightingcovid19

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During the #COVID19 pandemic, we’re bringing you stories of our employees who continue to work on the front lines. Damon Gyurics is a driver based in London who transports blood products and supplies. This is his story: ⁣ ⁣ “I mainly work the night shift which starts at midnight. Every now and then my alarm goes off at quarter past 11 p.m. and I think, ‘Why did I say yes to this?’ But then I get up, and right away I’m feeling like ‘Woo-hoo! Let’s go!’ I feel like a superhero leaving my headquarters, heading out into the world. ⁣ ⁣ I’m alone on that shift mostly and bring back everything we need from Brampton. ⁣ I’m being counted on, and I enjoy being counted on. ⁣ ⁣ It’s usually other drivers who deliver to hospitals, but I do a couple of deliveries on Saturdays. With the pandemic the routine has changed a bit. Because of COVID-19 screening I can’t just enter by the door that’s closest to the blood bank. I have to check in at the door where screening is being done and walk through the hospital. ⁣ ⁣ At home I’m lucky to have my wife and two older children at home with me. My wife’s birthday is coming up so the kids and I have been planning a kind of simulated night out at the theatre. We have to think outside the box but that’s the sort of thing that makes memories. You can be obsessed with problems, or you can be excited by the chance to solve those problems. ⁣ ⁣ Distancing myself from my colleagues when I do meet up is important. It’s an adjustment because I’m normally a friendly, hands-on sort of person. I do worry that when the pandemic is over people will keep the habit of not shaking hands or not giving others a pat on the shoulder. ⁣ ⁣ Also, if you’re wearing a mask, nobody knows you’re smiling at them. So will people just get used to not smiling anymore? Hopefully that will come around because a smile does so much.⁣ ⁣ A smile is just as infectious as COVID-19.” ⁣ ⁣ #ThankATrucker #Frontlines #COVID19

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The world has to keep moving #trucker #transportation #truckerslife #truck #driver #Thankatrucker #transport #dedication #proud

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Truckers are super heroes!🚛🏆 #thankatrucker

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👉While many of us are working from home🏠🏠, others aren’t able to do that – like the truck drivers👮‍♀ who are working day and night🌛 to make sure our shelves are stocked😍 So when you can, please #ThankATrucker for everything they’re doing and help them however you can😍 . . #truckergirl #truckerlife #truckergirlsclub #trucker #truckerworld #truckerbabe #truckernation #thequeen #queenoftheroad #truckergirlsdoitbetter #badgirl #silence #secret #dark #neverstop #truck #corona #covid19 #stayhome #staysafe #trucker #truckdrivers #truckdriverlife #truckdriverusa #truckdriverstshirt #truckdriversdaughter #truckdriverproblems #truck drivers #truckdrivermoney

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Winnipeg #thankatrucker

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“When I heard truck drivers were having a hard time finding meals because COVID-19 was closing restaurants, I knew I could step in and help. I recruited my husband and instructor to assist and just started planning and cooking. I prepare and package all the food very safely, so that the drivers who transport important goods across the country have home-cooked food to look forward to. I’ve made soups, lasagna, curry and jerk chicken, and I’ve made more turkeys than I can count. In this time, when so much is unknown and a bit scary, I feel I’m doing my part so groceries and supplies can make it to stores, hospitals, seniors’ homes and anywhere else people are in need.” – Joan Godsey, Culinary Management, Kingstec Campus #peopleofnscc . ➡️Click the link in our bio to learn more about Joan’s efforts. . . . . . . #thankatrucker #novascotia #nscc #novascotiacommunitycollege #community #strongertogether

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Canada Strong, Thank You to @collinsClothiers for supporting Small Business. #thankatrucker #trucking @shopsmallbusinessforum

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🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 Posted @withregram • @lordcoparts *Mealsfortruckers.ca sponsored by Lordco* ⠀ ⠀ All set up with @cookshackcravings serving meals for truckers at the Chevron Cardlock in Kamloops! Lordco is proud to support @feedatrucker by sponsoring complimentary food truck services for truck drivers during the COVID-19 crisis. ⠀ ⠀ Truckers can visit the Kamloops Chevron Cardlock on Versatile Drive on April 29, May 1 and May 2. For a full list of dates and locations, visit mealsfortruckers.ca⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #feedatrucker #thankatrucker #strongertogether #proudlycanadian #april #spring #bc #britishcolumbia #roads #canadianowned #Lordco #lordcoparts #trucks #sponsor #Canada #foodtruck #kamloops⠀

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#ThankATrucker #thelarsongroup

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This is kindness! This is compassion! This is care! This is love for others! This is what I woke up to this morning! Thankkkk you to whomever you are that went beyond to touch my life more than you’ll ever know!! Too take your time to not only write this note and place it on my truck! But for your Kind, Caring HUGE Heart you have! I hope you are blessed beyond measure!!! I’m grateful for the good that has gathered us as one as a nation! We ARE AMERICA! You touched my life forever!!! #ThankYouCovid19ForOpeningOurEyesAndOurHearts #ThankYouForBringingUsTogether #ImTrulySorryForThoseLost #LifeWithIB #PeachOMind🍑 #1693 #Fleenorbros #AMERICATheBeautiful #TheSelflessHeartsArePriceless #TruckDrivers #AmericanTruckers #ThankATrucker #LadyTrucker #ThankThoseTakingCareOfTruckers #BlessTheHugeHearts #WeWillSurvive #ThankYou #PayItFoward

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❤️🚚🔧🥤🥔🙏🏼 #pepsico #thankatrucker @adrenaline_diesel @pepsicanada @fritolay #pepsicoproud

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Repost from @zgtransport • To our Kingdom’s unsung heroes 🇸🇦, who toil away while we are in the comfort of our homes complaining, and who work relentlessly to preserve our way of life amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we dedicate this video as a symbol of our gratitude and admiration. It is the doctors, the nurses, the medical personnel, the pharmacists, the teachers, the police officers, the military personnel, the supermarket employees, the delivery teams, the food and beverage employees, the power providers, the transporters and of course the truck drivers who are risking their health and safety to make sure that we have food, medicine, security, necessities and services we need to make it through this crisis. So next time you see one of these heroes, maintain your social distance to keep all safe, but make sure you use that opportunity to wave, clap, or honk your horn to say “THANK YOU!”. You can start here, by LIKING and SHARING this post; so that more people can see how proud and grateful we all are. . . #كلنا_مسؤول #ابطال_النقل #شكرا_للأبطال #خليك_بالبيت #staysafe #thankatrucker #ZahidTransport #zahidtractor #volvotrucks #renaulttrucks #udtrucks

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#stayhome #thankatrucker #centuriontrucking #essentialworkers

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Drivers, this one’s for you courtesy of one our Operations Manager’s grandchildren 😊🚛 #thankatrucker

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Last week, our Assistant General Manager Derrick & crew members Matt + Justin helped install new signage directing truckers to the Kamloops Meals for Truck Drivers BC location. In Kamloops, meals are being provided at the Chevron Cardlock at Versatile by @cookshackcravings, Wednesday through Saturday from 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM. They will be adding days + hours as staffing + demand warrants. For more information on the initiative + other locations around BC, check out Meals for Truck Drivers BC on Facebook. 📷 Derrick, Matt, & Justin. 📷 Peter Milobar, MLA for Kamloops, North Thompson; Greg Munden, Munden Truck + Equipment; & Todd Stone, MLA for Kamloops, South Thompson. #FeedtheTruckers #MealsforTruckers #Kamloops #BCTrucks #BCTrucking #CDNConstructionGives #ChevronCardlock #BCRoads #ArgoRoads #BCHwy1 #essentialservices4u #ThankATrucker

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Working on a project for my window and I even tagged his ‘truck’ #ThankaTrucker #creativity #TeamBigDeal

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Thank you Idaho for treating our drivers to some delicious treats! #idaho #thankatrucker #thankatruckdriver #centuriontrucking

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If they stop, the world stops, Please make sure you #thankatrucker . #roadwarriors #kenworthontario #covi̇d19

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These guys work hard and we are working harder to keep them protected. If you see a trucker give a smile and a wave! #thankatrucker

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Aww bless your welcome they do appreciate us after all xx #covi̇d19 #coronavirus #keyworkers #thumbsupfortruckers #thankatrucker #thankyou #yourwelcome

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Thank A Trucker! we are all wearing our red today! #thankatrucker #woodcocktransport #covid19 #canadastrong #wecandothistogether #ontariotruckers

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💯 👏🏽 #ThankATrucker

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Shoutout to Debb and family for their #thankatrucker station west of Strathmore! #keepitrolling #alberta

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#thankatrucker because without them, we wouldn’t have food or supplies on our shelves.❤️ #dayandross

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Thank you to all the women and men who drive a truck and have stepped up to help us get through this crisis, protect Canadians and keep our economy moving. Throughout history our nation’s truck drivers have been depended on to support the country in our time of need. Once again, they have answered the call. Like the saying goes, “if you got it, a truck brought it”. Remember those words as you wait for store shelves to be restocked with food, emergency relief supplies as well as vital medical and sanitation products we need to combat the spread of this virus. As a society we enjoy an unparalleled level of security and certainty because of the sophistication and reliability of our modern supply chain. In large part, it is the professional driver that ultimately makes it happen. Truck driving is an essential service. Please treat these front-line workers with the upmost respect and dignity they deserve and thank a trucker for the amazing job they are doing during this critical time. • • • #yeg #edmonton #construction #contractor #homebuilder #concrete #heavyequipment #engineering #to #builder #civilengineer #safety #weareyeg #yeghomes #yegconstruction #yeglocal #thankatrucker #thankadriver #essentialservices

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We agree with you, Beckham. Thank you again to all truckers and front line workers! #ThankATrucker

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WE ARE SO LUCKY 🙌 #thankatrucker #essentialworkers #keepontruckin #fanmailproject #repost

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#thankatrucker #grindmode #covid #2020 #tomydad#

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Thank A Trucker preparations are well underway. #thankatrucker #thankadriver

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Let’s hear it for the unsung heroes, our #truckers! Out on the frontlines, our truckers are one of the most important assets we have right now. Defined as essential services critical to the North American supply chain, we are ensuring that urgent materials reach individuals on both sides of the border. Thank you to all of our truckers out there, we appreciate everything you’re doing! Head on over to our Facebook or LinkedIn page for more information. To speak to our team give us a call at 1-800-663-8477. For more information regarding COVID-19 please follow reliable sources such as canada.ca and who.int. #tfi #tfiinternational #tftruckloadlogistics #covid19 #thankatrucker #covidalberta #healthpractices #trucking #truckingcompany #ftl #heavyhaul #ltl #transportation #canadatransportation

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#thankatruckdriver my child’s assignment

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Seventeen-year-old Alana Jordan of Auburn, Ala. made good use of her spare time this afternoon brightening the day of dozens of truckers passing through her town. “The shortage of necessities right now opened my eyes to how important truck drivers are to my daily life,” she said. “I thought this project might show my appreciation for all the long hours they are putting in. I called it ‘Project Feed a Trucker.’” The junior at Auburn High School and her mother, Ensley, bought all items and supplies and set up a table around lunchtime at the Southbound Rest Area along I-85 near Auburn and provided sacked lunches of pre-packaged items such as tuna fish and crackers, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, snacks and bottled water for any truck driver who walked up. To read the full story see link in bio. #thankatrucker #alabamatrucking

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“I just want to say to all truck drivers thanks for all you are doing with great sacrifice in this time of need. With out you everything would grind to a halt and I wish people would realize this. On behalf of my family Thank you and all be safe.”

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“I want to say thank you to the truck drivers who hit the road every day to make sure that the goods continue to move. And, of course, a big thank you to the front-line health care workers.”

  • Mitzie Hunter, Liberal, ON MPP

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“I just want to start off by thanking our front-line workers who have been at the forefront of this fight against COVID-19 here in the province. That includes …  truck drivers who are working overnight to ensure that the supply chain isn’t interrupted. These are all our everyday heroes, and we should all applaud them, as I know so many of us have. Applause.”

  • Sara Singh, NDP ON MPP

 


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A message from our chairman:

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As a truckers wife, being at home while my trucker is out on the road during this pandemic, is scary and worrisome. I just want to thank all those that are doing what they can to help our truckers by providing information as to where they can find food, showers, washrooms, etc. A BIG thank you to the truckers themselves who are keeping our country rolling. It is a huge sacrifice they are making. Staying on the road longer so they don’t maybe infect their loved ones at home. Hopefully people will remember what our truckers did after this is all over and show a bit more respect to these drivers. Our family want to say ……Thank you drivers, stay safe and God Bless.

Love from a truckers wife

  • Cynthia Martin

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You are big and mighty and sometimes I am a little nervous when I am driving next to you … yet thank you, dear trucker.

  Let it never for a minute be said that my family and I do not truly appreciate what you are doing for our province and the entire country as we undergo this difficult time during the crisis of COVID-19. Whatever supplies you are hauling; food, medicine, fuel, wine 😉 and every other essential, we are grateful to all of you for your dedicated efforts. Bless you, please take time to rest, stay healthy and safe because you too are a very valuable part of the life line for this country. Bless you and your families as they too are giving up time together to help the nation.

Many, many thanks from the Messenger Family

-Carolyn Messenger

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To all truckers,

My son is in supply chain management I know how hard you are all working to keep Canadians supplied with essentials. Please stay safe and THANK YOU!

  • Debbie Reeves

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Thank you for all the hardworking truckers who provide an essential service to Canadians. We tend to forget all the seamless effort to providing food and essentials we all take for granted. All our gratitude and hope for your safety.

  • The Barkers

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Thank you wholeheartedly for your bravery. God be with you. I pray for your safety.

  • Diana Melting Tallow

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To all truckers throughout Canada and the U.S.

Without you we could not survive and that do not take that for granted. You are truly the front line keeping us alive along with the medical and first responders. We realize the hardship and sacrifice you make each and every day that you have to load up and deliver gods across the country.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You must miss your families. Your human kindness must not go unrewarded as you are the shining example of unselfishness and compassion.

Thank you.

  • Paul and Karen Moreau

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A shout out to all! Thank you, and stay safe.

  • B Foubert

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I just want to thank all the truckers out there. You risk your lives daily on our highways for us and without you our Country would grind to a halt. But particularly right now. You are brave, giving and you are my hero’s, make no mistake. And I for one will never forget what you have done, and are doing so that we can live in these troubled times.

  • Mike Schmid

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Wal Mart says Thanks!

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“We want to extend our biggest thank you for the extraordinary work you as a truck driver are doing to keep our society rolling in these challenging times.  We acknowledge the commitment and effort you put into getting the IKEA goods to the right destination, under demanding circumstances due the situation with the coronavirus.

We understand that being away from your family and friends is even harder in this moment. We understand that changes in routes and unloading destinations in the very last minute add to your already demanding work.

Please stay safe and protect yourself. Remember to follow instructions from governments and local authorities, in alignment with World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines.

We value the fantastic work you, as a truck driver, are doing in this extremely challenging situation. You are in the frontline for the benefit of all of us, delivering hospital supplies, food and goods around the clock.

-Susanne Waidzunas, Global Transport & Logistics Services Manage, Ikea  

 

This event reminds us of the vital role your industry plays with our organization and in society in general.

I want to take a few moments to thank you for the exceptional work your employees and yourself are doing in these difficult times. While a large number of people remain at home, your employees continue to hit the road every day to assure our customers and citizens that products essential to everyday life continue to be delivered to meet their needs. I salute their commitment.

I encourage them to be cautious and implement the recommended hygiene and preventive measures. We have their health at heart.

These days, many people are recognizing the courage of health care personnel. And I am one of them. But I would also like to point out that other citizens and professionals are playing a role that is perhaps less visible, but just as essential in the current crisis, and you are one of them.

-Mario Plourde, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cascades

 

“As usual, Procter Gamble is a perfect example of a preferred customer. They are always friendly and efficient at every location I visit, and the current situation has not seemed to affect this. Both times at PROINW, I needed to step away from the counter so that they could sanitize the area, and staff were also seen regularly cleaning their side of the desk and their hands. It is very reassuring to see this effort in these uncertain times. Please extend my thanks. 

My personal pro tip: I am doing my best to keep the inside of my truck as safe as possible, by making sure that I have a “clean” hand … Even my outer door handle is only touched with the clean hand. The “dirty” hand is the one that handles the paperwork, door handles, etc., and as we don’t know how long the virus remains on different surfaces, it must surely be hours, so all PPW goes immediately into a fresh garbage bag where it cannot contaminate anything else in the truck. After delivery, the PPW goes into an envelope, and the bag is disposed of.

Staying safe, staying sane..  keeping the rubber side down, and saving the world.

  • Kriska driver, Ryan, on positive experience delivering to Procter & Gamble

 

“Hey, As you know, it is a new world out there.  Just want you to know that I’m thinking of you, your family and all of your workers who continue to deliver products to keep the economy going. The drivers are working in more difficult times and their efforts are appreciated. Good health to all of your team.”

— newspaper editor to OTA member

“A massive thank you goes out to our truckers for helping all Canadians get food and medicine in particular during Covid19. I should have thanked you long before now for all you do every day. Wash those hands and steering wheels don’t touch your face wear gloves and come home safe from the road. We need you long after the pandemic ends.”

— A. Reid

“Message: Hello I’ve been seeing posts on FB about truckers being unable to get meals while on the road because only drive-throughs are open. We want to help. Is there any way for the public to help?”

— @mer47

If you have a thank you message to truck drivers for their invaluable service during these difficult times, send them to erica.giansante@ontruck.org

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