RVDA of Canada Reveals Award Nominees

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RVDA of Canada, RV Lifestyle Magazine and RV Dealer News unveiled three nominees for the 2021 Canadian RV Dealer of the Year Award.

The award presentation will take place at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT Nov. 18 via Zoom.

The three nominees are Chardell Brydon, Jerry’s RV Trailer Sales & Service in New Minas, Nova Scotia; Jason Friesen, Voyager RV Centre in Winfield, British Columbia; and Andy Thomson, Can-Am RV Centre, London, Ontario.

Nominee information follows:

Chardell Brydon

Jerry’s RV was started in 1987 by Brydon’s father, Jerry Weir. Brydon began working in the family business in 1987 and has been the operating dealer principal since 1993.

A picture of Chardell Brydon, principal of Jerry's RV Trailer and a 2021 Canada RV Dealer of the Year award nominee

Brydon is very committed to expanding training opportunities to members of the Atlantic RVDA, the associations stated. She has served and chaired the Atlantic RVDA training committee and plays an active role on the Atlantic RVDA show committee. She is the current chairwoman of the RVDA of Canada Education and HR committee.

While not a director on the Atlantic RVDA Board, she is a participant and contributor in the regional Board of Directors meetings.

Brydon is actively involved in her local community, supporting Annapolis Valley Ridge Runners, which maintains over 600 kilometers of groomed trails for hikers, horseback riders, ATVers, skiers and snowmobilers.

Brydon is also a long-time supporter of Ducks Unlimited, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of wetlands and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, other wildlife and people.

Jason Friesen

Growing up in the family business, Friesen said he had dreams of becoming a high school teacher. During his off-time as a teacher-on-call, he discovered his sales and marketing passion. Then he realized how much he enjoyed working at Voyager RV and in the RV business itself.

A picture of Jason Friesen, principal of Voyager RV Centre and a 2021 Canada RV Dealer of the Year award nominee

In 2003, he assumed the sales manager role, leading to a promotion to vice president and the dealer principal role he occupies today. Friesen continues to drive the family mission of creating the best customer experience in the RV industry.

A recent initiative Friesen said he is very proud of is the “Voyager Cares” campaign. Voyager staff selects seven local charities to receive a combined $100,000 in donations from Voyager RV. The charities have strong personal or professional affiliations with staff. The charitable campaign gave the entire Voyager family great pride in supporting those in need.

Andy Thomson

Can‐Am RV has been in business for 51 years at the same location. The dealership was started by three Airstreamers: Andy Thomson Sr., Dr. Lou Hershey, and Al Hamil. The dealership started as an Airstream-only store but slowly expanded its product lines.

Thompson started working part‐time at 11 years old. At that time, the shop encompassed the store, showroom and three service bays. After a few years, it expanded to three buildings. Today, Can-Am RV is a dealership with more than 20,000 square feet, 18 service bays and a staff of more than 50 people.

A picture of Andy Thomson, owner of Can-Am RV Centre and a 2021 Canada RV Dealer of the Year award nominee

Thompson has served on the Ontario RVDA show and government relations committee and the RVDA of Canada board.

He served as the board chairman for Go RVing Canada. Even after his tenure, he continued to promote and support Go RVing Canada initiatives and was a key driver for the “Stronger Together” campaign to support frontline workers at the start of the pandemic.

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