Dubai banker turned London truck driver 'proud to serve the community'
Naqi Hasnain moved to Canada with his family two years ago
Naqi Hasnain wasn't always a truck driver. Before he moved to Canada with his family two years ago, he was a banker in Dubai making good money.
"I used to be a banker. I was into wealth management. It was a totally different sector and I was working as an assistant vice president. So when I moved here, the banking is totally different," Hasnain said.
Hasnain was unable to get a job in his field when he moved to Canada, so his uncle, who lives in St. Thomas, suggested he try trucking, as a way to serve his new community.
"I had to drive this 53-foot long trailer, so that was initially difficult for me, but eventually my uncle motivated me and he said, it's just a matter of time," said Hasnain.
Driving during COVID-19
Things have changed since the pandemic. For one thing, traffic is lighter, said Hasnain.
And of course, there are new protocols around loading and unloading. Now, for the most part, Hasnain must stay in his truck.
Plus, finding a bathroom has been challenging.
"Sometimes it's very hard to find a washroom. We stop by these truck stops and sometimes we have to wait long to use a washroom," Hasnain explained.
Hasnain also worries about protecting his family. "My kids are very small. The youngest one is one and a half years old, so obviously I have to think of them as well. Even now, when I enter in my home, it takes me 15 minutes to enter," he said.
Hasnain strips down in the garage and does his best to wash up before he enters the house.
Hasnain said there seems to be a new appreciation for truck drivers right now, and he's proud to be an essential worker during this pandemic.
"I found out this is one way I can serve the community, so now I'm planning to drive a truck for a longer period of time, maybe for the rest of my life."