The team at Parr Auto Body is made of up a unique group of super cool, passionate, people who don’t hesitate to go above and beyond to make bringing your vehicle into our shop, a positive and enjoyable experience. But guess what? This team of people also goes above and beyond to make Parr a wonderful place to come to work every day.
So, here’s an opportunity to get to know more about the people behind these smiling faces…and you will see why we love what we do!
Chelsea is the definition of kindness and leadership. Her warm smile brightens everyone’s day and her organization skills lead to a productive and calming environment. Chelsea says that auto body chose her by accident….no pun intended. Really though, Chelsea says it’s not about the cars, but about the people and the opportunity to make a difference all around her that keep her engaged in this crazy industry. If she could choose a new skill, it might be to play the piano or sew, or be brave enough to jump out of an airplane like Brayden!
Customer Engagement and Quality Advisor
Donny P, Dusty Don Pogoda has a silent strength and his grace in all situations shines through. He is super funny, and his sense of humor is not for the faint of heart! Don is father of three, husband to his better half, Mickey and grandfather to 4 😉. Auto Body chose Don, growing up alongside his brothers who were the cool cats of Saskatoon car clubs back in the day. He says he would change careers and become a skilled waiter at a high-end restaurant!
Brayden, aka, Mr. Jokes and Smiles……never fails to put a smile on everyone else’s face. He’s not only the shop manager but a teacher and a role model whose ability to look forward past obstacles to a positive outcome is unique and influential in our shop. Brayden started working in collision repair so he could earn dollars to drive long distance to see his girlfriend, now his lovely wife! He really wanted to become a police officer, however, has discovered that giving back to a community can happen through many different careers. He’s Dad to three boys, a coach in many sports and an avid runner. He says he’d like to jump out of more airplanes some day!
Refinish Technician and Paint Coordinator
David Sather, Dad to three daughters….thank goodness the dog is a boy! David is a steady eddy and level-headed in what is often a reactionary business. He makes people feel at home and always takes the time to ask how you are. A farm kid, auto body almost chose him, working on tractors and farm trucks growing up, along with the satisfaction of taking something damaged and making it new again. David would like to expand his skill of wood working as he enjoys building something from the ground up.
Collision Repair Technician & Team Trainer
Shane is quietly, amazingly smart. He’s analytical. He’s constantly learning and stretching himself. His understanding of the tooling and equipment in our industry is undeniably the best in the business. We might be a little bit biased! Shane is a Cross Fit junkie, Dad to three kiddos and husband to Kyla. He’s also a Dance Chauffer on the side. His attention to detail is crazy and it shows when asked about a skill he’d like to learn – building a ship in a bottle because it would push that attention to detail and creativeness to a whole new level.
Parts & Administrative Coordinator
The lovely Samantha. Dog Mom to Rosie. Her teammate says this about her: Customer Service is the hardest jobs to have and Sam’s ability to keep her cool in all situations…..with parts, with people, with life is what he admires most about her. Sam says autobody chose her, she didn’t choose it but that she enjoys the fun, the chaos and the challenges it brings every day. Sam is never one to back down to a challenge and is currently hitting up every kind of crazy fitness class in #yxe. Sam would love to learn how to grow a garden and enjoy the rewards of that hard work.
Estimator and Repair Planner
Handsome and Steady. Kyle is our guy! Kyle is described as a good teammate with a strong work ethic and is looked up to for his healthy lifestyle. Kyle is Dad to Sadie and Ryker and husband to Christina. Kyle’s love of cars inspired his career in collision repair and growing up on the farm gave him endless opportunity to put his skills to work. You might see a Parr Auto Body sponsored car out at the drag track someday as Kyle says he’d love to try it out!
Collision Repair Technician
What can we say about Ryan? His sense of humor is unique and it keeps us on our toes. Ryan has a love of mini trucks, especially Chevy S10’s. He knew he always wanted to work on cars and even considered dropping out of high school to get into it early. We’re glad he stuck out high school and made it through! Ryan would like to get back to drumming, a skill he started learning in high school band. He also used to play the baritone but quit once he learned the A&W song.
Klo, another Parr teammate that always has a smile on his face. Even when something goes the wrong way, he quietly brushes it off and fixes the issue and carries on. His work ethic keeps him productive in the shop, doing whatever it takes. He says Parr is home for him for two reasons, good people working together, and English, not being his first language is a challenge but here at Parr, everyone understands him and takes care of him. What nice compliment to us Klo!
Nicole, Gold Medal winner of Skills Saskatchewan in 2019 and Silver Medal winner of Skills Canada 2019 – this girl really does have the skills. Nic is a talented race car driver, decal designer and collision repair apprentice. Nic says being in the shop does not feel like “work” to her. She’d love to challenge herself to learn more the mechanical side of vehicle repair as it’s a hot topic within the racing community she has immersed herself in.
Chris Duret is a calming force in stressful situations. He impresses his teammates with his interest and knowledge of import vehicles. He has recently started BMX’ing again and recognizes the challenge that learning a skill brings. It teaches patience and perseverance. He’s pumped about learning new tricks and tweaking the old ones! He’s choosing collision repair as his career path because it forces him to step up and be his best self.
Detailer & Apprentice Technician
Janelle, Mama to Paisley, is our Lead Detailer and an apprentice at Parr Auto Body and she says the opportunity to be part of our Parr Team has ignited a passion in her. She goes out of her way to get any task done in a professional manner and is part of Parr’s continued success. Janelle has a wild side; did you know that she was a barrel racer in high school? Janelle would love to learn sign language and write braille because our world can be a scary place for all people and the ability to help others through the challenges would be amazing.
Admin and Accounting Assistant
Frances, described as a sweetheart by her team, has a quirky sense of humor and always has a smile on her face. She loves music and is a fixture at the Ness Creek Music Festival. When asked about learning something new? Fran would like to play the harmonica and hang glide…..hopefully not at the same time!
Chris J amazes his teammates with his willingness and ability to skillfully accomplish his tasks at Parr Auto Body. He’s funny and outgoing and incredibly smart! Chris says he chose collision repair because of his grandpa and their time spent together in his Grandpa’s shop. They’d sit together and dismantle and rebuild all sorts of things from drills to garden tractors! He says the satisfaction of taking apart something old and rusty and unattractive and rebuilding it is awesome. On his list for learning something new is base guitar!
Cole, one of our detailers at Parr, is working towards his goal of starting university next fall to become a teacher. His quiet and calm demeanor are an even keel in the hectic and busy world of both collision repair and car racing. Yes, that’s right, you’ll see him out at the Wyant Group Raceway every race season. Cole would love to expand his skill of playing the guitar.
Detailer & Apprentice
Matt, a detailer and apprentice here at the shop is a quiet guy who simply does whatever it takes to get the job done. He’s game for learning and is always open to new opportunity. He really enjoys cars and the transformation from damaged vehicles to repaired vehicles inspired him to try out collision repair. Matt says he’d love to learn how to drift a car around the track!
Collision Repair Technician
Dustin has come to us from an amazing rural shop 😊 where you can watch your dog run away for three days, and watch it come home again! He’s only been at Parr for a short period of time however we already see his willingness to do whatever it takes to make our team and our business better every day. Dustin chose a career in collision repair because of a passion for cars which has in turn segued into a passion for helping customers and team around him. A new skill that Dustin would like to learn is chess playing, to win of course!
Cindy, a newer apprentice here at Parr, soaks up information like a sponge. Looking at her work habits and attitude, she’s on the right path. She is always there to brighten up our day with a laugh. Cindy always has a funny story about her little boy Oliver and the mischief he gets into! Cindy loves the sound of a steel guitar and would enjoy the challenge of learning that.
Customer Service Coordinator
Katie, one of the newest Parr team members says that joining our shop is an opportunity to grow in leadership and be surrounded by positive and uplifting people. She is an old soul, with life experience and skills beyond her age. Katie loves anything to do with positive leadership and mentorship and will talk leadership books any day with you! Katie would like to learn to play the guitar or ukulele and write music. She believes that music connects people in a unique way.