When reading this years end of the year letter by Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, one paragraph really resonated with myself and Bernard. “In many ways, the founding mission of Google back in ’98—“to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”—is even truer and more important to tackle today, in a world where people look to their devices to help organize their day, get them from one place to another, and keep in touch.“ As a transportation company that operates in logistics and daily routes, we may not have the details of products in common with a tech giant like Google, but we see a similarity in an importance in company vision. Google’s vision back from 1998 has endured and even as much as Google has evolved, they have always remained the same in what they aim to provide for their users.
Staying true to our company vision allows us to hold steady through uncertain economic times, unpredictable markets and everyday trials and tribulations. As we reflect on 2016 and stare headlong into 2017 we wish to pay tribute to some of our rewarding moments of company growth, community involvement and collaboration within our team.
2016- A year of breaking new ground, building upon what we harbour and reaching out to those in need.
May 2016- In what was the worst year for many Fort McMurray, Alberta residents, it was also a year of seeing what the province of Alberta is undoubtedly made of. Alongside dozens of other community leaders, Willy’s Trucking Services assisted in lending our services to help deliver much-needed goods to evacuees. Our depot managers reached out to Bernard and I right away to organize vans and trailers, drivers and volunteers to deliver thousands of donations collected from the Peace River region. We couldn’t have been more proud of our team!
May 2016- A much-anticipated opening of Willy’s Trucking Fort St. John also took place in May of 2016. Taking our time to find Jim Lequire to operate the F.S.J branch has proven to be well worth it as Jim consistently brings his genuine nature, work ethic and enthusiasm to the workplace. We are delighted to drive into 2017 advancing our growth in the Fort St. John region and beyond.
July 2016- Part of successfully expanding your company is ensuring the development happens without a strain on your team that already exists. Enthusiastically, in the summer of 2016 Willy’s Trucking welcomed Roland Krebs into our organization in Edmonton. Roland has transported years of experience, expertise in client relations and business development and an overall great personality to the Operations team. Enlisting Roland was assuredly a highlight to 2016.
A few more events to be noted:
-Social media success: in January of 2016 our Facebook page hit 1000 “Likes”. We are pleased to share our story with the public and look forward to connecting with more people online in 2017.
-5 Years of Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce members: Shelly Sorensen and Alan Krahn accepted a certificate on behalf of the company for 5 years of Membership with the Chamber of Commerce in Grande Prairie. Thank you for a great 5 years and more to come, Grande Prairie!
-Company Campout 2016: In August we held our annual Company Campout. Many of our personnel and their families joined us to celebrate a Canadian summer including some swimming, fishing and BBQ’ing some of the catches of the day. Looking forward to more festivities with the Willy’s Trucking team in 2017!
Best regards, Willy Schmidt and Bernard Dyck