News & Events from Kitchener-Waterloo Movers

June 30, 2011

Safe Summer Driving

By: Heather @ 4:58 pm

While wintertime is seen as the most dangerous time to be on the roads, along with the heat, summertime brings driving hazards as well. At Westmount Moving, we promote safe driving to ensure a safe and successful summer. All of our drivers have been provided with these simple tips and reminders.

These summer driving tips are important for all of us to keep in mind as we are on the road.

  • Watch for children. With school out for the summer time, extra caution must be used in residential areas and around playgrounds. When children are playing, their attention is not on safety and they may unexpectedly dart into traffic.
  • Obey all traffic laws. Always stay within the speed limit and maintain a safe following distance. The faster you drive and the closer you follow, the more difficult it will be to avoid an incident ahead.
  • Watch for tourists. Tourists present a roadway hazard because they don’t always know how to get where they are going. Watch for motorists who are distracted or reading maps and be prepared for sudden stops or last-minute course changes.
  • Obey all traffic laws. Always stay within the speed limit and maintain a safe following distance. The faster you drive and the closer you follow, the more difficult it will be to avoid an incident ahead.
  • Avoid distractions. Inattentive driving plays a significant role in many accidents. Safe driving demands full attention so avoid distractions while driving such as eating, reading and the use of cell phones or other electronic devices.
  • Wear seat belts. Seat belts save lives and should be worn even on short trips.
  • Exercise extra caution in Work Zones. Slow down, increase your following distance and stay alert.
  • Plan your trip and allow extra time. Leave early and expect delays so you can reach your destination on time.
  • Be patient. Most importantly, be courteous, patient and expect the unexpected!

June 27, 2011

Great Performance by Westmount Moving Team!

By: Heather @ 4:50 pm

The Westmount Moving team participating in the Tinman TriathlonThe Westmount Moving team participating in the Tinman Triathlon Relay Event in Tupper Lake, New York this weekend had an awesome performance – finishing 7th out of 29 teams! J.P. Richard was second out of the water, getting the race off to a great start! Jennifer McNaughton battled tough hills in the 56 mile course, keeping an average speed of 18.4 miles per hour. Joe Gagnon ran a personal best of 1:45 minutes in the 13.1 mile run through the Adirondack mountains.

Congratulations to Team Westmount!

Filed under: Community,Events,News

Westmount Moving Site Visits

By: Heather @ 4:37 pm

As part of Westmount Moving’s B.E.S.T. Move Quality Program we conduct site visits of moves in progress. These site visits are conducted on a random basis by key members of the quality team – with the majority of inspections conducted by Florence Schaap, our Director of Quality. The purpose of the visits is to ensure that the quality guidelines we have established are being followed by our crews. The site visits are a great way to see moves in progress, identify areas where problems can arise and find solutions. A site inspection will cover the following:

  • The cleanliness of the truck and whether the truck is amply equipped;
  • Whether the home has been properly protected to minimize the likelihood of dmage, with floor and bannister protection and door jambs;
  • Whether the crew was in full uniform and have a professional appearance and good hygeine;
  • Whether the move in process is being conducted to high standards; and
  • The overall satisfaction of the customer with the crew and how the move is being handled.

We strongly believe that seeing moves in progess is the best way to ensure that the promises we make to our customers regarding quality are being kept on each and every move!

Filed under: Quality Assurance

June 15, 2011

Joe Gagnon on Jeff Allan’s 570 News Radio

By: Heather @ 4:33 pm

Joe Gagnon will be a guest on the Jeff Allan show this Friday June 17th at 11:40 am. Joe will be speaking about the Tour de Force bike ride from Toronto to Montreal to raise funds for the children of fallen Canadian soldiers.

Joe Gagnon, who will be riding the in the event, will explain the cause and provide details about this important Canadian event. Westmount Moving will have five riders in the Tour de Force. A golf tournament to be held in Montreal by Westmount Moving will be raising funds for the cause.

Good luck Joe – we’ll be listening!

June 14, 2011

Westmount puts team in Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon

By: Heather @ 3:35 pm

On June 25, 2011, three of our gang will take part in the Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon Relay event in Tupper Lake, New York. The Relay includes a 1.2 mile open water swim (J.P. Richard), a 56 mile bike ride (Jennifer McNaughton) and a 13.1 mile run (Joe Gagnon).

Westmount Moving encourages employees to be fit, active and take part in community events. This is a great example of teamwork and healthy living – good luck guys!

Filed under: Community,News

June 8, 2011

Tour de Force 2011

By: Heather @ 2:50 pm

Hello Friends,

Day 1 of the "tour de force"

Day 1 of the "tour de force" 2010

I hope this finds you all well. As many of you remember I participated in a cycle from Toronto to Montreal last fall. It was an experience I will never forget. So much more than I bargained for. The ride itself was a challenge but the biggest surprise was the reception we received from the different military bases. I also really enjoyed learning more about our military and some of the work we are doing overseas. I grew a greater appreciation for the men and women as I listened to their stories. We have all watched “The National” on CBC or “Coaches Corner” on Hockey Night in Canada where we all too often would see the pictures of young men and women who have lost their lives in the War in Afghanistan. Whether we agree with the mission or not, we can all agree that it is horrible to see these young lives cut so short. Many of these soldiers are in the 20s and 30s and leave behind very young children of which many of them are under the age of 10.

Last year, due to your generosity I raised over $7000.00 of which all was donated to the Tour de Force. These funds were used to establish scholarship funds for children of our fallen Canadian soldiers. I understand that there are so many great causes out there and it is difficult to decide which ones you wish to support. Tour De force is a unique cause that doesn’t get much attention and I am thrilled to be a part of it once again this year. Our goal this year is to have 50 riders and raise $250,000.

Like last year we will be embarking on a 7 day journey starting in Toronto and finishing in Montreal. We will do this by biking an average of 100 km per day. Every day will end in a community party and will feature great food and local entertainment. The tour kicks off in lovely downtown Toronto on September 12th 2011 and will conclude on the 18th in downtown Montreal. This year Westmount Moving will take it up a notch and will feature 5 riders. I am pleased to have Jennifer McNaughton, JP Richard, Florence Schaap and Laura Johnson all come along for the ride. As we require to each contribute to get on the tour we have decided to team up together and organize a golf tournament in order to raise money for the cause. Please visit our site for more information. The site has all the info you need to register for our golf day or donate should you not be able to play in the tournament. We have a Pay Pal account which allows you to safely pay with credit card or through your own financial institution right on the site. Should you wish to ride on the tour, there is a link which will take you to the Tour de Force site where you can register as a rider.

The tournament will feature all kinds of great door prizes and many other surprises. We will also have a DJ to top off the night. We are also looking for sponsors for the tournament. Please visit the sponsor page. Should you wish to sponsor the event you can contact me directly. We are all very excited about the tournament and the ride and hope that I receive all the support that I received last year.

Thanks very much for your time and consideration.

Joseph D. Gagnon
Westmount Moving & Warehousing