You may have noticed that you are getting quite a bit of correspondence from us on a variety of topics. Please take the time to read these communications and pass them on to the appropriate staff so that they can read them, too. We often hear from dealership personnel that they are not aware of the many programs and services that can benefit them directly; so it’s important for them to be in the know.
For example, were you and your staff aware that the RVDA of Canada board is awarding $1,000 education grants in the association’s 2013-2014 fiscal year for dealer members who have invested in education and training? All types of education and training are eligible, with the exception of Calgary Trouble Shooter Clinic. The $1,000 grants will be awarded on a first come / first served basis. We have just mailed you some information on this program; so make sure you get your grant applications in as soon as possible.
We have also created a new free webinar series for you to access at your convenience at the “RV Careers & Education / Webinars” link on the member side of www.rvda.ca. Offered through Diversity Trainers Plus, these 2 pre-recorded sessions discuss the population shifts within Canada and how your RV business can best adapt to these changes, both internally and with your consumers. If you need your password and user ID to access our site, please contact our national office. They will be accessible by the end of February.
We have recently emailed you 2 surveys to complete, the first being the National Advocacy Survey. As we prepare for our annual Parliament Hill Day this spring, we continue to focus on bringing our members’ core issues of concern to the attention of federal decision makers. We want to obtain your views and gain important feedback with respect to your advocacy priorities. Survey results will allow us to carry forward a collective message to key decision makers during the RVDA of Canada’s Parliament Hill Day. Please respond to the survey no later than February 28, 2014. See page 6 for details and the link.
Please also check your in-boxes for your link to the 2013 RVDA National RV Payroll Survey. We continually hear from our members that this membership benefit is a very valuable tool for their dealerships. By participating in this survey, you will have access to provincial and national average monthly and hourly figures, by position. You will also receive data on total number of employees and shop rates, as well as employee benefits. This information can be used to help shape employee compensation as well as evaluate your company’s competitiveness. Complete the survey by March 21st, 2014, and your name will automatically be entered into a draw for one of five prizes: 2-year subscriptions to the RV Pro magazine, with a value of $150.
Have a great spring selling season, everyone!
Kyle Redmond, Chairman of the Board
RVDA of Canada