OAKVILLE - The Ford of Canada dealer body comes together three times each year to attend the National Round Table (NRT) at the Canadian Headquarters in Oakville. Uncharacteristic of most meetings, today’s agenda included a special guest speaker; Allison Montgomery, a seventh grade student at Kempenfelt Bay School in Barrie, ON, Canada.
Allison, who comes from a family of Ford owners, was assigned to write a speech on leadership for her school’s speechwriting program. After having visited Dearborn, Michigan with her family, she chose to write her speech on Henry Ford.
“Henry Ford was a really great leader and he never gave up,” Allison said. “He wanted to make sure everyone could afford cars in his time, not only wealthy Americans.”
Allison, who was accompanied by her father, met with Dianne Craig, president and CEO of Ford of Canada, before giving her speech. Craig, whose own daughter is Montgomery’s age, said she was inspired by Allison’s confidence and appreciation for the company. After encouraging her to apply to Ford of Canada after she graduated university, Craig sat in on the meeting to listen to Allison’s speech.
“I was nervous to mess up my speech,” Allison said, after accepting Ford’s parting gift. “That was the most amount of people that weren’t in my class that I’ve ever spoken in front of!”
They may not be in her class at school, but Ford’s NRT will be sure to keep an eye on this budding young enthusiast in the years to come. In fact, Allison mentioned her favorite vehicle to be the Ford Mustang GT. “I really like the way they’re made, and I love the way they look,” she said.
Allison’s speech was originally heard by a classmate’s parent, who happens to sit on the NRT.