Melanie Teed-Murch

CEO's Corner: December 2020

December 22, 2020

As we draw near the end of 2020, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the year behind us. This past weekend, as I heard key 'words and phrases' released to best represent 2020, they included Covid-19, social-distancing, remote work, among many others.

While nothing has been 'normal' in our lives at home or work in 2020, we know that, at some point in the hopefully not so distant future, things will return to life as ‘normal’. A year full of challenges can provide some life lessons if we look for them. I have watched friends and family cope in many ways, including trying new things, learning new skills and becoming more resilient. I have also heard heart-breaking stories of loved ones lost throughout this year. As you make plans to celebrate the holidays over the coming weeks, please plan to do so with those in your immediate household and following all recommended actions to keep you and your loved ones safe.  

Now more than ever, take the time to reach out to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while or do a virtual or social-distanced ‘check in’ with a neighbour. Now is the time for community – for supporting one another – during the ups and downs.The true Canadian spirit and strength shines brightest during times of need. If you are able, lend support through a donation to many organizations who are struggling to keep up with increasing demands for their services or help through community posts accepting food donations.

I would like to thank every team member at ONroute for their unwavering service throughout this past year and their dedication to our customers and the traveling public.  As an essential service provider, your local ONroute is open and offering a safe place to stop on the highway when you must travel. It is critical for me, as well as my Leadership team, that we prioritize the health and safety of our employees and customers. We regularly review the latest advice and guidance from Public Health authorities to ensure we are following all protocols and recommendations to limit the transmission of Covid-19.

To our customers: please stay safe over the holidays, and do your part to stop the spread of Covid-19. From your family at ONroute, we wish you Peace, Health and Happiness for the year ahead. Thank you for everything you have done to support our team in 2020 and we look forward to a strong future together.

As we look forward to a brighter 2021, thank you to our healthcare providers and all essential team members that keep Ontario going. Stay safe and healthy this holiday season and treasure those around you.

Melanie Teed-Murch

Chief Executive Officer, ONroute