Sterling Truck Receives Special Employer Award for Its Support of Canada’s Reserve Forces
PORTLAND, OREGON… Sterling Truck Corporation’s manufacturing plant in St. Thomas, Ontario, received the Canadian Forces Liaison Council’s “Special Award for Support to Canadian Forces Operations” on June 2. The award was in recognition of Sterling’s ongoing commitment to employees who serve in Canada’s part-time military reserve force.
Canadian Deputy Prime Minister, the Honourable Herb Gray, presented Employer Support Awards to 14 Canadian employers during a ceremony at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa. The awards program is sponsored by the Canadian Forces Liaison Council, a group of civilian businesses that encourages employers’ support of the reserves.
Sterling’s St. Thomas Truck Plant was nominated for the award by Team Member
Neil MacIsaac, a six-year employee and a warrant officer in the army reserve. MacIsaac is currently serving a 12-month tour of duty with a mine disposal team in Zgon, Bosnia. He is a senior non-commissioned officer with the 31 Combat Engineer Regiment, which is based in St. Thomas.
Since he is not due home from Bosnia until the end of October, MacIsaac relayed his personal thanks to Sterling Truck in a video shown during the black-tie banquet that followed the formal awards ceremony. MacIsaac has been able to take up to three weeks of paid military leave from Sterling for several years. He was represented in Ottawa by his wife Cindy, who served as an awards nominator. Sterling Human Resources Manager John Thompson accepted the award on behalf of St. Thomas Plant Manager John Semplonius. Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Art Eggleton, attended the banquet. General Maurce Baril, defense chief of staff, was on hand for both events.
Sterling was the only automotive manufacturer to receive a 2001 award. MacIsaac is one of three Sterling team members currently serving in the reserve forces; two employees are in the navy reserve. About 30,000 personnel from communities across Canada serve in the reserve force. Fifty-five percent of them are full- or part-time civilian employees. They train on evenings and weekends, but most take two weeks off from work each year to train full-time in the reserve to keep their qualifications current. Some are called to active duty to help deal with emergencies and disaster relief. Reservists nominate their employers in appreciation of the support they receive.