Joanne Mackenzie Millen is the first woman in the history of the award to win this prestigious award which is as much about bragging rights as it is monetary. For Millen, she’s humble.
“I want to share my gratitude and appreciation for the overwhelming love & support from my family,friends,co workers,fellow drivers & my amazing mentors through my career as a professional driver. Over 25 years ago i took that first step towards becoming a female truck driver in a male dominated industry and what a journey it has been! I have met some amazing people throughout my career & so many wonderful memories! It is such an honour to have won the Highway Star of the Year Award and even more exciting to be the first female to have won this award in Canada. To all the women who paved the way before me i thank you for taking that first step & i hope this will encourage more women to take that first step towards a career as a professional truck driver! And to those ladies that i met on the weekend who are just starting your training remember “It is not who is going to let you” – “It is who is going to stop you”” said Millen in a written Facebook message to her friends and followers.
Congratulations Joanne, this award is much deserved. Whenever there is help that’s needed anywhere, Joanne is among the first to not just offer but jump right in.