dropped from previous years but dealers have still been busy with service work and are optimistic about what lies on the road ahead.
The RVDA of Canada is celebrating its 30th Anniversary! I would like to thank all those that have committed their time over the years and have shown tremendous dedication to ensuring that the RV industry continues to thrive. We recently held our last board meeting and anniversary celebration Elkhart, IN, at the RV/MH Hall of Fame where we unveiled our leadership bricks in recognition of past chairpersons who have contributed to our association. For pictures of the event, please see page 19 of the August 2016 Member Newsletter.
Earlier this summer, the RVDA of Canada once again awarded $25,000 in bursaries to RVDA RV Service Technicians across Canada. The bursaries, valued at $1000 and $2000 were created to recognize outstanding achievements by students with serious interest and desire to succeed in the RV industry. We would like to thank all of the applicants for their submissions and while there were more applicants than bursaries awarded, we would like to encourage all RV Techs to continue investing in their education.
As summer starts to taper off, and you find yourself with a bit more time to catch up on all of the emails we have sent you over the past few months, make sure you browse through the 2016 RV Dealers Convention/Expo information. We have a variety of new speakers this year, covering all of the departments in your RV dealership. I would like to encourage you to bring some of your top performers for the week-long event including education, networking and motivation. Remember the dealer advance registration rate expires at the end of August so now is the time to get you and your staff enrolled. Up to date details can also be found at http://www.rvda.org/convention.
As I mentioned in my last message, the RVDA of Canada continues to invest in educational opportunities for our members with endeavours such as the Trouble Shooter Clinics. Registration is in full force for this event, so if you want to ensure your techs have a spot, make sure you sign up today. The Calgary Trouble Shooter Clinic is being held this October from the 24 to the 28th with three training tracks being offered. The tracks range from 2, 3 to 4 days in length. Leading industry suppliers from Airxcel, Atwood, Canadian Energy, Carmanah, Dexter Axle, Dometic, Garnet Instruments, Lippert Components, Progress Manufacturing, Spyder Controls and Surburban will provide hands-on instruction using equipment especially constructed for training purposes. We're fortunate to have the support of SAIT Polytechnic, who has provided us the use of their space for the training. Some classes will be held in the classroom while others will be in the shop directly on trailers and motorhomes.
Lastly, I would like to encourage you to take a moment to send a letter to your Member of Parliament. We do have some concerns regarding the prospective increases to the threshold of de minimis rates which would adversely affect our dealer body. By not extending the de minimis rates to $200 we can help give equal opportunity to our local businesses and as such, I would encourage you to have your voice heard. Please contact our national office if you require a copy of the template letter.
Sam Parks, Chairman of the Board
RVDA of Canada