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Uni-Select Atlantic’s 6th Annual Fred Armour Memorial Hockey Tournament donates $8,218 for Cancer Society

Uni-Select recently hosted its sixth annual Fred Armour Memorial Hockey Tournament. involving four teams: AutoChoice Bandits, Gilles Basque’s Voyageurs, Sangster’s Gangsters, and Shur-Fit Shooters.

The winning team this year was the Shur-Fit Shooters. Each year the hockey tournament raises money for the Canadian Cancer Society in Atlantic Canada with over $25,000 raised to date. This year, money was raised through corporate team sponsorship, individual donations, a silent auction, and a hockey puck toss. Uni-Select Atlantic would like to thank the efforts of all who donated their time, money and prizes to make this year the largest fundraising year so far. We look forward to next year’s campaign!


RGDA of Nova Scotia introduces new safety audit

For many years the Retail Gasoline Dealers Association (RGDA) has made safety training available to the automotive industry in Nova Scotia.


While many businesses have completed the various training programs and substantial improvements have resulted in W.C.B. premiums, there is now a need to approach safety training from a different perspective in order to continue making progress. For this reason the RGDA has engaged Richard Pelley of Profile Solutions, to develop an onsite physical audit that employers can adapt to their respective businesses. This new safety audit will give employers an opportunity to engage their employees in developing safety standards within their work place. An effective safety audit will give a business a new and more responsible attitude towards safety both internally and externally. The RGDA Safety Audit program will reward successful participants with a measure of recognition that industry and the public will respect.


The key elements of this new safety audit cover:

  • OH&S policies, practices, and procedures
  • WCB claims history
  • OH&S committee establishment/review
  • Facility inspection
  • Communication of hazards
  • Auditing, filing and records
  • Training programs and records
  • Accident investigation and reporting
  • Job descriptions

It is important to remember that in 2008 there was 1178 WCB paid weeks of time away from work because of accidents. This means the industry lost 22 years of productivity in just one year. Furthermore, effective January 15, 2010, the OH&S division of Labour and Work Force Development will begin issuing penalties to employers, supervisors and employees for non compliance with safety laws. Interested employers should contact Nikki at the RGDA office to register for this exciting new safety program. A training schedule will be mailed to all automotive industry employers in February and financial assistance may be available as well.


NB NAPA Autopro reaches milestone

NAPA AUTOPRO recently honoured one of it’s long-serving members in Saint John, NB.

L to R, Owners Susan Savoie-Madore & Bill Madore, Tom May- owner NAPA Auto Parts, Saint John


Loch Lomond Automotive marked its 10th anniversary by receiving the ‘Service Recognition Award’. Loch Lomond Automotive joined the program in 2000 and co-owner Bill Madore is very proud of his five-service bay establishment. “We have the newest software for all makes & models- including NAPAFix and All Data and have invested in the latest alignment technology”. Madore maintains that web based and technical training are essential for today’s technicians. NAPA AUTOPRO is a nationally-recognized group of professional automotive service centres and wishes to congratulate Bill and Susan on their tenth anniversary!

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