Moving from Victoria, BC, Frank Dunn came to Prince Albert as a child with his family in 1958. The family came to Prince Albert to operate what became known as McGavin’s Toastmaster Bakery, before branching out to take over the Imperial Oil bulk station in 1965 and later, a trailer sales business. The family also dabbled in other ventures, including milking machines and Suzuki motorcycles before bringing the Toyota franchise to Prince Albert in 1971.
Frank Dunn Toyota remains one of only a handful of franchises across the country that is still operated by the original family of owners.
In 1977, Frank Dunn Jr. returned to Prince Albert after studying at the University of Calgary. A competitive diver, he won CIAUs and Nationals and was named Athlete of the Year in 1975 at the University of Calgary. He was an alternate Olympian diver for the 1976 Olympics. Over the years, Frank has coached competitive diving and gymnastics in both Prince Albert and Calgary.
While his business locations changed a few times over the years, the Dunn family’s dedication to great service and community support never has. Frank’s father was instrumental in the construction of the Frank J. Dunn Pool, the city’s first indoor pool and diving tank.
A believer in making your community the best it can be, Frank Dunn has continued that support and was instrumental in starting the annual Frank Dunn Triathlon, one of the country’s longest-running events. Mr. Dunn was given the Builder Award by the Saskatchewan Triathlon Association in 2013 and was recognized in 2005 with the Keith Russell Award for his work as a gymnastics coach.
The annual Legacy Brunch will also feature the announcement of the finalists for the Samuel McLeod Business Awards. More than 30 finalists in 10 categories will be recognized as part of the event. The 26th Annual Samuel McLeod Business Awards Gala will be held April 21.