Dave Hawkins – overcoming obstacles to achieve success

Dave Hawkins
Dave Hawkins – overcoming obstacles to achieve success
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Nolan A Machan

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Just a few days ago Oakville community leaders came together to honour Dave Hawkins. Despite the challenges that life threw in his way, he continues to operate a very successful business.

Dave has faced many hurdles over the years. They began in September 1980. As an aspiring defenseman for the Oakville Blades Junior A Hockey Team he played against Stratford. It was at this exhibition game that his life changed completely.

He scored early on. While protecting the net, Dave checked a Stratford player that resulted in the two players colliding. During the collision, he received a severe blow to his head. The blow compressed and permanently disengaged his C5 and C6 vertebrae. He left the ice unable to stand.

In that instant he became a quadriplegic.

Dave Hawkins’ Road Back

After a 9 months of therapy, four of which were in ICU, he learned new life skills. Dave even got his driver’s license.

After the therapy he returned to Perdue High School (St. Thomas Aquinas) to complete Grade 13. His classmates were more than happy to help and provide encouragement. He also acquired a specifically equipped van with hand controls. His family was there all the way, along with the entire community.

Next, Dave enrolled at Sheridan College, Oakville campus. In two years he received his degree in Computer Management. It led to a job with Canadian Tire on Kerr Street, where he worked for 5 years. Then the store’s owner relocated the business to Mississauga.

At the point, he decided he wanted to own a business, so he applied for a “Mail Boxes etc” franchise. They approved his application on July 11, 1994 for a location on Dorval Drive.  Since then, Mail Boxes etc. changed its name to U.P.S.. His store continues to operate successfully at the same site.

He is celebrating his 25th year as a business owner.

After 39 years after that fateful blow, Dave Hawkins is a model of success.


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