Bestbuy Distributors Limited, a leading Canadian automotive replacement parts buying group, has contributed $20,000 to the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children.
The buying group has been the longest standing contributor to the division of cardiology at the hospital, according to Dr. Robert Hamilton, who heads the department.
"In the last two years, a number of surgical programs have suffered. Many times Sick Kids steps in to fill the gap," says Hamilton. He says that contributions like that from Bestbuy help the hospital to advance research as well as assist other centres suffering shortfalls in surgical resources.
At the Bestbuy dinner event, Robert Bosch was also honoured with the Horace J. Pratt Awards as the supplier of the year.
"It has been a long time since [Bestbuy chairman] Russ Johnson was the vendor and I was the customer," said Lou Bauldic, general manager of Robert Bosch in Canada. "I feel truly honoured and a little humbled by the award." Bauldic recognized the company’s sales and marketing staff and gave special mention to the customer services and shipping personnel who, he said, probably have more contact with customers on a daily basis than most of the sales staff.
"I owe a debt of gratitude to all the staff. Customer satisfaction is something we talk about all the time. Perhaps we’re on the right track."
The organziaton also said farewell to Paul Richmond, who manages the purchasing operations at Bestbuy. He is retiring the May.
"It’s been quite an experience," he told members and suppliers. "I have enjoyed working with every one of you. It is a unique organization that you should treasure and preserve."
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