Three Decades on the Road: Celebrating Harold Hutchings’ 30 Years with Van Kam

July 5, 2023
Harold Hutchings and a decked-out Van Kam truck, bringing festive joy to a Kamloops’ Christmas parade in the 1990’s.

We’re blowing the horn and flashing the lights for our local driver, Harold Hutchings, from our Kamloops terminal, as he clocks an incredible 30-year milestone with us! Harold is not only exceptional behind the wheel but also radiates positivity and instills a sense of unity within the Van Kam team.

Driving Down Memory Highway

Harold’s journey with Van Kam Freightways paints a rich tapestry of fulfilling experiences. With a sparkle in his eye, he shares, “These 30 years with Van Kam have unfolded like an unforgettable road trip, filled with remarkable milestones. I couldn’t have asked for a more rewarding job.”

One memory holds a special place in Harold’s heart. Back in the early 90s, Harold took the wheel of a 53-foot flat deck Van Kam truck to join the festive Christmas parades in Kamloops. The joy he found during these events was not just from the drive itself but also from the connections made with the delighted community he served. In Harold’s words, “Those parades were more than just a drive—they were a way to connect with our community. Seeing the smiles we brought to people’s faces, that’s something I’ll always cherish.”

Van Kam’s 53ft flat deck steals the show at the festive Christmas parade in Kamloops.

From Mile Marker to Mile Marker

Harold has been a part of Van Kam’s evolution, witnessing the landscape change firsthand. In his own words, “Seeing the company grow and change has been a huge part of my life. We’ve revamped our facilities, opened new terminals, refreshed our fleet of trucks, and nurtured an incredible work culture,” he says with pride. “Every step of the way, I’ve been proud to be part of this progressive Van Kam family that always strives for excellence. It’s not just the company’s achievement; it’s ours, as a team. And that’s something special,” he adds.

Highway to Harmony

When asked about what makes Van Kam stand out, he is quick to point to the people that make up the team. “The warmth, the camaraderie, the shared spirit – it’s all about the people,” he shares, with a smile in his voice. “We’re more than just colleagues. We’re a community, a family. We look out for each other, and that makes all the difference,” he says further.

A true adventurer, Harold’s joy in the outdoors shines bright.

Off-Road Adventures

When he’s not at the wheel for Van Kam, Harold is steering his way along a different kind of route – the wild, open tracks of Mother Nature. Nestled beside a tranquil lake lies Harold’s cherished cabin, his very own pitstop amidst life’s fast-paced race. Whether it’s fishing, hunting, snow skiing or simply gathering around a warm campfire, Harold relishes these moments away from the highway. “There’s nothing like swapping the roar of an engine for the whisper of the wind through the trees. It’s the perfect detour,” he says fondly.

Here’s to You, Harold

Harold’s journey reminds us of the dedication and resilience that have been instrumental in shaping Van Kam over the years. His infectious enthusiasm inspires us every day, and we’re incredibly grateful to have him on our team. Here’s to celebrating many more milestones together, Harold. Thank you for your invaluable service and the positivity you bring to Van Kam!

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