Sudbury Petro-Pass’s Driver Appreciation Day
By Marek Krasuski
For several years now the Petro-Pass Truck Stop at 3070 Regent Street in Sudbury has shown its appreciation to the trucking community with a Driver Appreciation Day, typically a week or so prior to National Trucking Week. This year was no exception when on August 25, the date of this year’s event, truckers veered into the facility to refuel, freshen up, and partake in the festivities offered by Petro-Pass and corporate sponsors. Assistant Manager Kathie Russell highlighted the events and the contribution of those who stepped up to the plate to show their support for truckers. “We had a beautiful day where many visitors, truckers and supporters of the industry were treated to free hot dogs, water, coffee, cake and cookies. We also appreciated the contribution of our corporate partners. Cookies were donated by Fresh and Fancy Bakery. Prizes and giveaways were donated by Coca-Cola, Wood Wyant, Great Lakes Pizza, D.A.S., Nestlé Ice Cream and others,” she said. Entertainment was also local fare and provided by broadcaster Sophie from Sudbury’s KICK Radio. Representatives from 4 Champ Animal Rescue were also on hand to draw attention to the needs of our furry friends.
Sudbury Petro-Pass has earned a stellar reputation over the years, not only for its annual tribute to drivers, but also for its breadth and quality of services. Under the stewardship of business agent Norm Theriault it has won the Best Sites In Ontario Award for several years, an objective testament to its level of service and customer satisfaction. The award is based on several criteria, one of which is the quality of staff to which Theriault attributes top marks. Their friendliness and willingness to help are well known to truckers and other patrons who frequent the establishment. Other determinations for the excellence award are organization, sales volume, cleanliness, and public access to the owner who is frequently there to help run the operation and address patron concerns.
Theriault says that drivers can park overnight free of charge and when cramped for space, they can park in front of the store if necessary. Home cooked food is brought in fresh daily and drivers can choose from shepherd’s’ pie, meat pies, meatloaf, cabbage rolls, sandwiches, muffins, cookies and more.
The Sudbury Petro-Pass has hosted the event for several years, including the hallmark year of 2013 when the establishment celebrated its 10th anniversary of successful operations.
Norm Theriault says he looks forward to future years of success serving the commercial driving community.☚