Large flames and heavy smoke surrounded a congested Highway 63 South as residents evacuated from Fort McMurray in early May. Fix Auto franchisees and staff across Canada have stepped up to donate to the Red Cross' Alberta Fires Appeal.

Calgary, Alberta -- June 8, 2016 -- The expression is "one good turn deserves another," and sometimes that's exactly how it plays out. Peter Polito, General Manager of Fix Auto Western Canada, has announced that one franchisee’s generosity and challenge has snowballed into over $20,000 in donations to the Red Cross’ Alberta Fires Appeal.

“We tip our hats to Fix Auto Okotoks’ owner Morley Barnaby, whose initial donation and challenge to the Fix Auto network snowballed into a wave of support from across Canada,” said Polito. “It warms our hearts to see the support pouring in from Quebec, Ontario and the Atlantic provinces to help the Red Cross make a difference in Alberta.”

Fix Auto Okotoks issued the challenge to the Fix Auto network in May, when over 80,000 Fort McMurray residents were displaced; within days, Fix Auto owners from all regions of Canada had contributed over $15,000, with another $5,000 coming in from individual donations from Fix Auto corporate staff and contributions from Fix Auto’s four regional offices.

“I would like to recognize Jeff Leeper, Dan Doeber and Ken Bast of Fix Auto Waterloo and Parkway Ford Lincoln, for being the first in Ontario to answer the challenge,” said Daryll O’Keefe, General Manager of Fix Auto Ontario. “Their generous contribution makes a big difference to our collective efforts, and helped build momentum across the network to help the victims of the Alberta fires drive forward with their normal lives.”

In total, dozens of Fix Auto franchisees and employees contributed over $20,000 to support the Red Cross in their efforts to help Alberta residents displaced by the fires.

“This is the power of our network,” said Carl Brabander, VP Marketing. “Fix Auto is a coast-to-coast network of family businesses that can really pull together for a good cause, and inspire us all to make a positive difference in peoples’ lives.”

Special mentions go out to the following Fix Auto franchisees who went out of their way to support the program: Morley Barnaby of Fix Auto Okotoks, Alberta; Tim Gares, Larry Miller and the Miller Group of Fix Auto Vernon Central and Fix Auto Vernon South, British Columbia; Glenn Smaha of Fix Auto Airdrie, Alberta; Jerry Grudzien of Fix Auto Edmonton East, Alberta; Derek Tolsma and Leon Fieret of Fix Auto Fort MacLead, Alberta; Chris Keikoop and Leon Feiret of Fix Auto Pincher Creek, Alberta; Corey and Karen Desrosiers and the staff of Fix Auto Red Deer South; Jeff Leeper, Dan Doeber and Ken Bast of Parkway Ford Lincoln and Fix Auto Waterloo, Ontario; Kristina Weik of Fix Auto Kitchener, Ontario; Liz Morano of Fix Auto Lakeshore, Ontario; Lyssa Dion-Dicaire of Fix Auto Blainville, Quebec; Patricia Tardiff of Fix Auto Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec; Jocelyn Lemaire of Fix Auto Drummondville, Quebec; Monica Carré of Fix Auto Gatineau Est, Quebec; Caroline Turgeon of Fix Auto St-Michel, Quebec; plus many corporate staff members and all four regional head offices.

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