Balwant Gill: A Quarter Century of Dedication at Van Kam Freightways

April 1, 2024

As we celebrate a significant upcoming milestone this year for our very own, Balwant Gill, who has been a steadfast Owner Operator with Van Kam Freightways for 25 years, we take a moment to appreciate his dedication and journey. Since joining us in 1999, Balwant has been an essential part of our team, initially dedicating 17 years to the demanding California route before moving to the Surrey – Calgary run. His long-standing commitment and adaptability have made him a respected and valued team member within our ranks.

From Burnaby to Surrey

Having been with Van Kam since the days of our smaller terminal on Madison Ave. in Burnaby, BC, Balwant has witnessed our significant growth and evolution. The move to a larger, better-equipped terminal in Surrey was a leap forward, reflecting the company’s progress and ambition. “The move to Surrey and the new equipment have been positive changes. It’s made our work easier and really makes you feel like you’re part of something bigger,” he remarks.

A Culture of Support

Balwant’s tenure has been filled with positive experiences. One of the defining moments in his career came when Van Kam stepped forward to cover the costs of a significant repair to his tractor. This gesture of support was not just financial assistance but a demonstration of our commitment to our drivers. “That time they sorted out my repair bill… that meant a lot. Showed me this company’s got my back,” he recalls the gesture that solidified his faith in Van Kam.

His appreciation extends to the open-door policy practiced at Van Kam. This environment of openness offers him a direct line to everyone, from his manager to our CEO. It’s this accessibility that has fostered a family-like atmosphere within the company. “Got something on your mind? You can just knock and talk with anyone; makes you feel respected, and part of a team that truly cares,” says Balwant.

Beyond the Road

Outside of the driver’s seat, Balwant is passionate about staying healthy and spending time with his family. He loves to hike and deeply values the moments he can gather with his family. “I’m away for most of the week, so whenever I’m home, I make the most of every moment with my family. That’s very important to me,” he says.

Balwant’s journey has taught him the importance of finding a balance between work and personal life, emphasizing the need for secure, supportive employment that respects this balance. “Look for a job that not only pays well but also values your time with family. With Van Kam, I’ve found security and a schedule that allows me to plan for the future and spend quality time at home. That’s something worth considering when choosing this career path,” he advises.

The Road Continues

As we look to the road ahead, we celebrate Balwant’s remarkable journey, wishing him well on the many miles yet to come. Here’s to the ongoing journey, to Balwant’s relentless spirit, and to the endless roads that await. May his journey with Van Kam continue to be marked by success, fulfillment, and the joy of driving under the vast, open sky.

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