If Canada’s collision repair community can be defined in a single trait, it’s surely the sector’s demonstrated ability to come together in times of need.

A GoFundMe has been launched on behalf of Wayne James, former director of operations for Maaco Canada and current director of operations for AutoQuip Canada, who is currently facing a complicated form of cancer. Wayne’s wife Kim Parkinson said he was diagnosed with cancer in March 2020. “The past year and a half have been extremely tough,” wrote Kim. “Wayne has given his life to the automotive industry with great passion, pride and loyalty; and now, we are asking for your help.”

A new treatment will soon be available for Wayne—but it’s not cheap. According to Kim, the cost for this new medication can be upwards of $90,000 per year.

“As many of you know, Wayne is always one of the first to offer his assistance,” said Marc Tremblay, Wayne’s industry colleague and former director for Tropicana Community Services’ Auto Body and Collision Repair Pre-Apprenticeship program. “Today, I am advocating for my friend and mentor.

“Wayne has given his life to the automotive industry with great passion, pride and loyalty. Now, we are asking for your help.” — Kim Parkinson, wife of Wayne James

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