Delivery people lauded for efforts

Carrier Appreciation Week happens Oct. 10 to 14

Oak Bay News editor Don Descoteau

Oak Bay News editor Don Descoteau

Rain or shine, postal workers aren’t the only ones delivering.

The more than 1,000 carriers who bike, walk, run and drive to deliver over 100,000 newspapers twice a week for Black Press papers in Victoria, Oak Bay, Saanich, the West Shore (Goldstream), the Saanich Peninsula and Sooke, are being recognized Oct. 10 to 14 during International Carrier Appreciation Week.

“It’s an opportunity for newspapers to pause and say thank you to the carriers for their hard work. They are the unsung heroes delivering under all conditions,” said Black Press director of circulation Bruce Hogarth. “We owe a debt of gratitude to our carriers, drivers and bindery crew. As a team we are very fortunate to have the group that we have.”

Michael Daudlin is one of those carriers and has been with Black Press since Grade 2. The Victoria resident is in his final year at Oak Bay High, having delivered the Victoria News for a decade.

“It is a great job, because you get to meet people, you get exercise and it ingrains you in the community,” he said. “You really become part of the neighbourhood.”

The 2012 grad is saving up for a trip to Ottawa, where he’ll participate in the Forum for Young Canadians. It’s a week of immersion in political and governmental processes – a treat for Daudlin, who hopes to earn a degree in political science.

As part of the forum program, he is expected to raise the money to get there from local businesses and other organizations. In the meantime, despite a busy schedule, he is still delivering the News to the people on his route – one of about 1,400 Black Press routes in the region.

“I would encourage other kids to do it, it’s a great thing to do,” he said. “And I am not done yet.”

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