Canadian couple named August Trucker Buddy of the Month

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Canadians Tracey Alf and Sean Dillon have been named ACS MultiMedia’s Trucker Buddy Driver of the Month for August. The driver team is “Buddy” to Amy Donohue’s second-grade class in Clifton Park, N.Y. Company drivers for the Yanke Group of Companies in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the couple visited the class for the first time in June. Alf and Dillon live in Arnprior, Ontario.

“We were surprised at how enthusiastic the kids were, and how interested they are in what we are doing,” Alf says. “It is a constant source of entertainment how their second-grade minds interpret what we say.” Alf and Dillon send postcards and e-mail the class at Arongen Elementary School at least two times a week. The couple also sends postcards and e-mails on behalf of their dog, Buddy.

“Tracey and Sean are super buddies,” Donohue wrote in her nomination letter. “I could not have asked for a better set of pen pals. I’ll let them know the topics we are working on, and they find a way to include real-life examples of it in their e-mails.” The couple plans to continue with the Trucker Buddy program, again matched with Donohue, and look forward to starting with a new second-grade class.

Each Trucker Buddy Driver of the Month receives a personalized jacket and several other prizes, along with a check for $300 to spend on the class and $200 in Trucker Buddy merchandise. Drivers and teachers can find out more about the program by going to or calling (800) 692-8339.