Dan Ellison, an occupational therapist and driving specialist, was recognized with Q'Straint/Sure-Lok's inaugural Q'Manitarian award. Photo courtesy Dan Ellison

Dan Ellison, an occupational therapist and driving specialist, was recognized with Q'Straint/Sure-Lok's inaugural Q'Manitarian award. Photo courtesy Dan Ellison

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Securement equipment supplier Q'Straint/Sure-Lok recently named the winner of its inaugural Q'Manitarian Award.

Dan Allison, an occupational therapist (OTR/L) and driving specialist at the Shepherd Center, was recognized with the award for his success in the personal mobility industry and his ability to provide individualized training for mobility device passengers seeking to drive or ride in a vehicle for the first time, according to a news release from Q’Straint. Allison is also a certified driving rehab specialist and former president of the Association for Driver Rehab Specialists.

"I am deeply honored to have received the Q'Manitarian award, especially from a company that I hold such a high opinion of and deeply respect," Allison said. "I am also a strong proponent of the Q'Straint product line which I find to be not only robust, but exceptionally easy to use and their performance and durability are second to none."

For over 30 years, Q'Straint has observed efforts by transportation industry professionals and created this award to honor and celebrate their efforts within their field.

"At Q'Straint, we believe it takes a special type of person to work in the transportation safety industry," said Patrick Girardin, the company’s president. "Someone who not only demonstrates extraordinary dedication and devotion to their profession, but also compassion — a real humanitarian, or what we call a Q'Manitarian."

As the winner of the Q'Manitarian award, Allison will be presented with two commemorative plaques. To watch Q'Straint present the award to Allison, go here.

For more information about the Q'Manitarian Award, go here.

In other recent news, Q’Straint acquired mobility equipment supplier Adapt Solutions in June. The supplier manufactures wheelchair accessible automotive turning seats, transfer systems, and wheelchair lifting devices.

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