From Zimbabwe to Canada: Hebert’s Truck Driving Journey with Agri-Fresh


Hello everyone! My name is Hebert, and I’m a proud professional truck driver at Agri-Fresh. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, my journey has been a long and exciting one. Let me take you through my story, from my early days in Zimbabwe to my new life driving across North America.

Early Days in Zimbabwe and South Africa

I was born and raised in Zimbabwe, completing my secondary and higher education there in 1976. After finishing my studies, I moved to South Africa, where I began my career as a professional truck driver. Over the next 8 to 10 years, I drove a variety of trucks and combinations, including Mercedes-Benz, Scania, Volvo, and DAF. I also handled different types of trailers such as flat decks, liner trailers, and B-trains.

Seeking New Opportunities in Canada

After a decade of driving in South Africa, I sought new challenges and opportunities abroad. Canada stood out for several reasons: good remuneration for drivers, excellent healthcare, a solid education system for my children, and a reasonable cost of living. I began my job search online and discovered Agri-Fresh through a Facebook link. Skeptical at first, I followed through with the application process and was soon invited for an interview.

The Application Process

The application process with Agri-Fresh was thorough but straightforward. They asked about my driving experience, family situation, and willingness to relocate to Canada. I provided all necessary documents, including educational qualifications, work experience, and proof of funds, which are crucial for the immigration process.

Agri-Fresh guided me every step of the way, ensuring I met all deadlines and had all documents in order. A dedicated representative named Carmen was particularly helpful, going above and beyond to assist me through each phase.

Immigration and Training

The immigration process involved several rounds, including obtaining a nomination certificate through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. Within six months, I had my nomination certificate and permanent resident status. Agri-Fresh also helped me secure a work permit and provided materials for mandatory entry-level training, which prepared me for driving in Canada and the United States.

The training was intensive but invaluable. It covered everything from obtaining a Class 5 driver’s license to passing knowledge tests for air brakes and a Class 1 license. The support from Agri-Fresh and their training school in Manitoba made the transition smooth and successful.

First Trip and Beyond

My first trip as an Agri-Fresh driver was a cross-border journey to the United States. Despite initial nerves, the training and support I received made it a seamless experience. Since then, I’ve driven thousands of miles, delivering fresh produce across North America.

Agri-Fresh’s support doesn’t end with training. The dispatch and office teams are always available, ensuring I have everything I need to succeed. The company also values work-life balance, giving me ample time to spend with my family.

Living and Working in Canada

Agri-Fresh’s commitment to their drivers extends to helping with family relocation. My wife and children accompanied me to Canada, and my wife quickly found work. The kids are thriving in school, thanks to Canada’s excellent education system and support for permanent residents.

Healthcare in Canada is another significant advantage. Access to medical services is easy and affordable, a stark contrast to many other countries. Agri-Fresh also provides group health insurance, ensuring my family’s health and well-being.


Working with Agri-Fresh has been a transformative experience. From the application process to living and working in Canada, they’ve supported me every step of the way. If you’re a truck driver looking for new opportunities, I highly recommend Agri-Fresh. The journey may be long and challenging, but with determination and Agri-Fresh’s support, it’s incredibly rewarding.

So, if you’re ready for a new adventure and a better quality of life, come join Agri-Fresh. You won’t regret it!

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