Purolator Courier

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Purolator Courier is a Canadian delivery company founded in 1960 that is currently mostly owned by Canada Post. The company was originally called Trans Canadian Couriers until 1967 when it was acquired by American oil filter manufacturer Purolator (the name an abbreviated form of pure oil later), and in 1987 the company returned to Canadian ownership. Since 2003, the Purolator Tackle Hunger initiative was created by company employees to address food insecurity and has since delivered over 18 million meals to food banks across Canada.[1]

Connection to Lisa's case

DON YOUNG, Lisa Young's father, stands next to a missing poster he put on the back of his courier van
Nanaimo Daily News, May 29, 2003 (Paul Walton/Glenn Olsen), "When sadness turns to anger"[2]

Lisa's father, Don Young, was employed as a driver for Purolator Courier, working out of the Nanaimo office.[2]

On the morning of Lisa's disappearance (Monday, July 1st, 2002 — a statutory holiday for Canada Day), Lisa had made plans with her Dad to help her move into a new apartment, using his Purolator truck.[3]

In the days following Lisa's disappearance, Don's fellow drivers at Purolator distributed "missing" posters across Vancouver Island. The posters, bearing Lisa's picture and her parent's home phone number, were printed by staff and equipment at Purolator's Nanaimo office.[3]

In December 2002, Laurie from Purolator Courier printed hundreds of copies of lyrics for "Lisa's Song" (written by Lisa's friend Allison Crowe) which were handed out at a vigil where Allison performed the song. A note from Lisa's mother was published in the Harbour City Star, thanking Laurie and Allison.[4]

Lisa's disappearance was particularly hard on Don. Some days he'd phone his wife needing her in his van just to make it through his courier deliveries.[5]

After police formally cut Lisa's parents off of information about their daughter's case, Don and Joanne continued their own investigation into Lisa's disappearance, piecing together "a sketchy version of her travels" on the night she disappeared. In part this came from what their daughter's friends told them and what they learned second-hand from tapping into "a network of cabbies and couriers".[5]

The May 29, 2003 issue of Nanaimo Daily News featured a photo of Don standing next to a missing poster he put on the back of his Purolator van.[2]


  1. Wikipedia, "Purolator Courier Inc."
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Paul Walton, Nanaimo Daily News (May 29, 2003), When sadness turns to anger ndn20030529
  3. 3.0 3.1 Paul Walton, Nanaimo Daily News (July 5, 2002), City woman's whereabouts still unknown ndn20020705
  4. Joanne Young, Harbour City Star (Dec 18, 2002), Thanks for the Support hcs20021218
  5. 5.0 5.1 Jim Gibson, Times Colonist (Apr 4, 2004), The case Nanaimo can't forget tc20040404