This past September the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto was the site of a celebration of the 15th anniversary Truck ‘N’ Roll Magazine and the annual National Trucking Week.
Upon their arrival, all guests were greeted by the Consul General Grzegorz Morawski and Roman Wiktorowicz – the publisher of Truck ‘N’ Roll Magazine.
We were honoured to accept congratulatory letters from MP Wladyslaw Lizon as well as the President of the OTA (Ontario Trucking Association), Mr. David Bradley. Our editor-in-chief, Marcin Baraniecki was also recognized by the Consul General for his literary accomplishments and his long-standing contributions to Truck ‘N’ Roll.
We will relay the content of these letters in the upcoming special anniversary edition of the magazine. They can also be viewed at the very bottom of this article.
The official part of the evening was highlighted by a speech by Vice Consul Michal Korczak, the Counsellor of the Trade and Investment Promotion Department of the Consulate General of Poland in Montreal. He spoke about the Polish automotive industry as well as foreseeable opportunities for Poland to cooperate with Canada on that front.
Mr. Jack Smagala, the President of the Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce, also encouraged the deepening of economic cooperation and exchange of information between the two countries (our magazine is a member of Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce).
Stephen Laskowski, who represented OTA at the ceremony, shared a few words about the importance of the National Trucking Week.
Marzena and Roman Wiktorowicz, the publishers Truck ‘N’ Roll Magazine, extended a heartfelt thanks to Consul Morawski for the hospitality as well as to Vice Consul Korczak for the help and cooperation from the Consulate’s Trade and Investment Promotion Department in Montreal. They also thanked the guests for sharing such a special occasion with them, their colleagues for their contributions, as well as all of the magazine’s sponsors, whose continued support has allowed Truck ’N’ Roll to thrive for so many years.
The event took place in a beautiful garden of the Polish Consulate General, located on Lakeshore Boulevard, right on the lake, with a magnificent view of downtown Toronto in the background.
Following the official part of the evening, our talented photographer Agnieszka Kiesz took a series of group photos of all of the guests in attendance. Many pictures from the event can be viewed on our website. Even though they do not do the evening’s amazing atmosphere justice, we highly recommend checking out the photo gallery!
The guests were then treated to a hot dinner, which included several traditional Polish dishes followed by snacks and dessert.
Of course, Polish hospitality would not be on full display if the party did not include a well-stocked bar. It was sponsored by the Peter Mielzynski Agency (PMA), which specializes in importing Polish alcohols into Canada as well as by Polstar Truck Repair.
The party was given a truly unique feel and its Polish character was beautifully underlined by the presentation of classic Polish weapons and other historical military artefacts, prepared by Urszula and Tom Kaczor. You can also check some of them out in our photo gallery.
At the conclusion of the evening there was a random draw of all of our guests’ business cards. The winners took home with them baskets with a selection of quality alcohols donated by PMA or baskets with European snacks and delicacies prepared by the Polish network of supermarkets Starsky.
A very special thank you goes out to the owners of the transport company Multiline – Anna, Stan and Peter Borawski, who parked one of their trucks in front of the entrance to the Consulate. The beautiful machine was adorned by a white eagle, which is the official emblem of Poland. It also presented some of our guests with their first ever opportunity to see the inside of a truck’s cabin, the sleeper and even get behind the wheel.
Truck ‘N’ Roll’s long-time printer, Mr. Marek Kornas, the owner of Nova Printing arranged for live music to make the evening even more enjoyable for all the guests.
Among the estimated 100 guests who attended the event, we welcomed diplomats, politicians, representatives of transport companies, truck manufacturers, members of the media as well as many organizations and businesses who regularly cooperate with Truck ‘N’ Roll.
The weather was beautiful and the guests enjoyed themselves until late hours of the night.
We are very grateful for being able to address an ethnic community that has been a mainstay in Ontario’s trucking industry and being able to do it for 15 years gives us many reasons to be proud.
Words of our warmest gratitude go out to you – our readers!