Honouring Those Who Serve

This year, as one way of honouring those who serve, we wanted to highlight the positive impact that being part of the Canadian Forces has had on members of the Petro-Canada family. We connected with Jo-Anne Doggett, a Petro-Canada station manager who has several family members who have served and who are still on active duty, and Jordan Stewart, a Canadian Armed Forces reservist and a Petro-Canada Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence (FACE™) grant recipient. Jo-Anne and Jordan share their stories below.

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Jo-Anne Doggett
Jo-Anne’s family has a proud and strong connection with the military. Her grandfather was a foot soldier in WW1. Her father-in-law was an ambulance driver in WW2. Her husband was in the Infantry. And her son currently serves in the Infantry and her son-in-law is an Air Nav. She also has two brothers-in-law who served in the Infantry. She is extremely proud of her family and its military connections.

Doggett Family
L to R: Cpl. Crete, MWO (Ret’d) Doggett, Pte. Doggett, Maj. Christianson

We asked Jo-Anne why serving in the military is important to her family members and how she has been influenced by having family in the military …

My husband joined the military in February 1972 after High School. He was working a part-time job in a small town in Nova Scotia with no future job opportunities. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces to improve himself, start a career and travel the world. He signed up for 4 years and then re-signed and served for 40 years all over the world. During this service he led soldiers and lost friends. It is an honour for my family members to serve their country and help where it’s needed in the world while securing a career.

As a military spouse, it gave me an opportunity to see the world and to learn different cultures while being overseas. I developed a strong pride in our Canadian forces and support them any way I can. Being a military spouse also taught me to be independent while being on your own with your children while your spouse is away. You learn very early on to depend on your military family as they are always there when you need them.

We also asked Jo-Anne if she has a particular routine on Remembrance Day …

Having been to Remembrance Day Services here in Canada and aboard, I would just like to remind others to be very thankful for our men and women who have served or are currently serving our Country and for protecting the freedom and privileges we have as Canadians. Personally, I try to attend our local Remembrance Day Parade with my husband if I’m not working. But if I am, at 11 am, I stop and say Thank You to all those who gave up so much for our Freedom. I am very proud to be Canadian and very proud to be the wife and mother of serving members.

 

Jordan Stewart
Cpl (Corporal) Jordan Stewart is a reservist in the Canadian Armed Forces serving as a Mobile Support and Equipment Operator with the 32 Service Battalion based out of Toronto, Ontario. He provides transportation and logistical support for combat and field operations as well as domestic operations. When Jordan was searching for his first part-time job, he wanted to be a part of something bigger than himself, so Jordan decided to become a reservist because it would allow him to give back to his community while still learning and developing crucial life and social skills.

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Jordan is also a world class Taekwondo athlete, currently ranked 6th in the world in his weight class (-87kg). He hopes to represent Canada at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. We asked Jordan how being in the military has influenced his career as an athlete …

The military has influenced me to become a better athlete in a few ways. In my first military course, I learned several crucial life skills that are critical for soldiers to have and there are four that I feel translate directly into an athlete’s success.

    • Discipline builds an athlete’s character to help them not only set their mind to achieve great things but then doing the necessary steps to accomplish those goals.
    • Time management from balancing rigorous practice schedules, work, homework, tournaments and travel, this skill is essential in order to be highly productive and accomplish many goals simultaneously.
    • Perseverance is the ability to dig deep and find a way to win, regardless of the challenges or obstacles in your way. This is something the CAF ingrains in all of its soldiers from the beginning.
    • Teamwork is strangers coming together for the pursuit of a common goal. And there is no better demonstration of that than the Canadian Armed Forces reserve units.

We also asked Jordan about Remembrance Day …

A tradition that has been ongoing for me since I joined the forces is the first Sunday before Remembrance Day, my unit heads to the York Cemetery and Funeral Centre in North York where we execute a formal parade to commemorate all soldiers past and present local and abroad.

To those before me, thank you. To those with me, stand proud. To those after me, be strong. Lest we forget.

 

Many thanks to Jo-Anne and Jordan for taking the time to be interviewed and for being a part of the Petro-Canada family and the Canadian Armed Forces. On Remembrance Day we echo Jo-Anne’s “thank you” and Jordan’s reminder “Lest we forget.”

- Rosemary R.


Stay Safe on the Spookiest Night of the Year

Do you have your Halloween costume all ready to go? This year I’ve considered going as a duck because it has been non-stop rain here in Vancouver. But wearing a beak all night does not delight me so I’ll probably end up with something simpler .. like a unicorn ninja.

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Whatever costume you (or your kids) decide to wear, if you’re going out trick-or-treating, you’ll want to follow some general principles for safety:

  • Makeup is safer than wearing a mask.
  • Light colours are better than dark – think more Rey and less Kylo Ren.
  • Make sure your costume fits well and isn’t a tripping hazard.

Once you’ve got your costume ready to go, you’ll want to make sure you and your kids are safe when you head down the block. Or, if you’re the one staying home to pass out treats to local ghosts and goblins, you’ll want to be sure your property is safe. Check out our tips for staying safe on the street and for creating a safe trick-or-treating experience.

What costume are you wearing this year? Leave us your best ideas in the comments!

~ Rose R.


It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week

I did not have an easy time learning to drive. Until I got my hand/eye coordination figured out, I was prone to drifting into an adjacent lane. Not good. My Driver’s Ed instructor, Coach Parker, used to keep his hand poised right above the steering wheel so he could guide the car back to its own lane if necessary.

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Still, even though it was tough when I learned to drive, I can’t imagine being a teen now and trying to figure it out, especially with advent of cell phones and the legalization of cannabis. Sure, we watched MADD videos and understood the importance of not driving while alcohol-impaired, but it seems that teens and new drivers have a lot more to worry about in 2019.

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That’s why programs like Parachute’s “Teen Driver Safety Week” are so important. They focus on the key issues that impact young drivers and their passengers and educate them on how to stay safe on the roads. These issues include:

  • Impairment from alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both
  • Distraction, including from cell phone use
  • Lack of skill and experience
  • Speeding

During “Teen Driver Safety Week”, Parachute encourages communities to raise issues around and engage in conversations with teen drivers, including activities such as “Positive Ticketing Blitzes” where student and local police work together to give out positive tickets to drivers who exhibit safe behaviour.

Parachute has also created videos like the one below to educate students about the impact of driving while impaired.

More information as well as downloadable resources are available on Parachute’s website. Have you participated in initiatives that promote safe driving in your community? Tell us about it in the comments!

~ Rose R.


A Checklist for Getting Your Vehicle Winter-Ready

Pumpkin spice latte season brings out conflicting feelings for me. On the one hand, it’s a pumpkin spice latte, guys! Plus, pumpkin spice muffins! (Yes, I am one of those nerds that love pumpkin spice – though I do draw the line at pumpkin spice lip-gloss). On the other hand, pumpkin spice heralds the arrival of fall, which is followed close by winter. Super close for places like Calgary and Winnipeg! And while I enjoy cruising the highways and byways of British Columbia in the summer, I could do without winter driving.

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But, as a Canadian, winter is in my blood and I know I need to do my part to keep the roads safe during the dark and snowy months. This is my “Getting My Car Winter-Ready Essentials Checklist” (I’m working on a snappier title – suggestions welcome in the comments). It’s not exhaustive, but it will start you and your car down the right road.

Tires
We know we need to switch to winter tires, but when? Our Ultra 94 tire expert, John Mahler, has the answer:

The weather is shifting, and not for the better … (there’s) less tire grip, so caution on the throttle. When the average temperature for the day gets to be about +7C, it is time to consider some winter rubber for your ride.

That +7C mark is about where your summer high performance tires grip levels have dropped to the point where a winter tire has just as much grip. Then, as the mercury drops, summer tires lose even more grip and the winter rubber gets more stick.  Notice I said winter tires, not snow tires. Long gone are the big chunky tires that couldn’t handle bare pavement. Now winter tires are available in speed ratings all the way to W, that’s 270 km/h.

You can read the full post from John over on our Ultra 94 Facebook page.

Battery
I’ll admit, my car battery isn’t something I regularly think about. But with elevated temperatures this summer, I probably should. According to the battery experts over at CAA-Quebec, those high temperatures could affect the chemical reactions in the battery and cause it to be even less responsive in those cold winter months. So swing by your favourite car repair shop and get your battery tested.

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Wipers
Wipers are something I do think about a lot, especially in Vancouver. There was a time when my wipers weren’t clearing my windshield in a single sweep. The blades weren’t cracked or torn, but they just weren’t doing the job. I replaced them with a different size and my visibility improved dramatically. Make sure your wipers are up to snuff - clearing your windshield in a single sweep, aren’t cracked and aren’t bumping on your windshield. You can reasonably expect to replace the blades twice a year.

Windshield Washer Fluid
While we’re on the subject of windshields .. this is also the time of year where you want to make sure your windshield washer fluid can handle the cold. Some brands are specially formulated for use in winter – they won’t freeze and are tough on winter gunk like rock salt.

Emergency Kit
Finally, pull out your car’s emergency kit and give it a once-over, replacing or updating any items as necessary.

And that’s my Winter-Ready Essentials checklist! There are definitely other items to inspect on your car as we get deeper into the snowy season, but this is a good start. Are there any winter-ready maintenance essentials that you do in the fall? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

~ Rose R.


Ten Years Later and Still Going Strong

Earlier this year we celebrated the ten-year anniversary of the Petro-Canada and Suncor merger and the creation of Canada’s leading energy company. Over the years there have been a number of achievements that we’re proud of as an organization. Our colleagues over at Suncor’s Together blog compiled a broad selection of achievements that we’ve accomplished through the combining of our strengths. Here on PumpTalk, we wanted to highlight a few that are likely to be of interest to our readers.

Supporting the Olympic and Paralympic Movement:
Since 1988, through the Fuelling Athletes and Coaching Excellence (FACETM) program, we have supported more than 3,000 Canadian athletes and coaches by providing more than $11 million in financial support. And we’re continuing our support as a National Partner of the Canadian Olympic Committee and a premier partner of the Canadian Paralympic Committee through the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Petro-Canada EV FlagBuilding Canada’s Electric Highway™:
Our planned coast-to-coast network of electric vehicle charging stations that will span more than 50 Petro-Canada locations along the Trans-Canada highway helps Canadians get where they want to go. Each station, nine of which are already up and running, will be equipped with DC fast chargers featuring dual CHAdeMO and CCS/SAE connectors, which can provide up to a 200kW charge – enough to provide a full charge to most electric vehicles in less than 30 minutes.

Partnering with Indigenous Businesses:
Petro-Canada is proud that our partnerships with Indigenous businesses have continued and grown since the merger with Suncor. In 2017, Suncor purchased a 41 per cent equity interest in PetroNor, a petroleum products distributor across the James Bay and Abitibi-Témiscamingue regions of Quebec for whom Petro-Canada is the exclusive supplier of fuel and distillate. And on the retail side of our business, as of September 2019, there are 35 Petro-Canada branded retail sites owned and operated by First Nations across Canada.

We’re really looking forward to the next 10 years and helping Canadians get to what matters most. Thank you for being part of our journey!

~ Braden H.