Apr 19, 2021 | Chamber News, Front Page

Marina Charriere is the sole owner of Star Drug Testing Services Ltd.

Having spent 23 years in the education sector as teacher/counsellor and then administrator, Marina felt a need for change! She had also enjoyed a small home promotional business throughout the years, and so decided to expand on her entrepreneurship skills. The transferring of skills, the need for change and becoming the owner of Star was exactly what the doctor ordered!

Star Drug Testing Services Ltd. has been drug and alcohol testing since 2007 centered within the Western Trucking Hub of Winnipeg in the Inkster Industrial area.

Testing can be instant POCT (instant) or sent to a lab for confirmation. It is done for many reasons: random, pre-employment, reasonable cause, personal, return to duty, follow-up,…. by coming to one of our two Winnipeg locations, or calling to schedule a mobile test during or after hours. Our clients include DOT commercial trucking companies, Non-DOT companies, CFS, construction companies, RCMP, City Police, Pilots, Schools, International Students, Personal, and employers in Manitoba and across Canada. We also offer training courses that complement the needs of our clients allowing them to comply with drug and alcohol policies within the workplace.

As the demand for testing increased, Star decided to expand with a second site in the southeastern corner of Winnipeg just off Lagimodiere Boulevard in the Fall of 2020. Covid-19 was gaining power by creating many obstacles for the “testing world”. This is when our Star Mobile Unit came into play as we started servicing Winnipeg and rural areas of Manitoba to provide a safe testing environment for all. Star was then faced with the demand from employers to prioritize asymptomatic Covid-19 antigen and antibody rapid testing. Star quickly responded to this demand by being a part of the solution, and in February 2021 expanded the 42B Speers location site to perform Covid-19 antigen and antibody testing with 15 minute results.

Star will be testing in hopes of keeping the workplace a safer place but also keeping our health care facilities and medical supports less busy. We can test those who are travelling to countries that accept antigen COVID-19 testing as valid COVID-19 documentation. This is also for the person that just wants another layer of protection, is anxious about not knowing, may work, live with someone with a compromised immune system, can potentially limit a school outbreak or employers wanting to random test employees for liability reasons. This is your way of doing your part!

Our goal is to serve our community and clients in a fast and customer service-based manner, where everyone is treated with respect and a smile. Our Professional Team is comprised of fully licensed and trained drug, alcohol and Covid-19 collectors.

Check us out online at www.Stardrugtesting.ca. You can book your Covid-19 Rapid test or antibody test online or by calling us at 204-237-9341.



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