St. Marys citizens’ rail committee annual event to honour reporter Dan Rankin

Event runs from 12 noon to 1:45 PM on Tuesday Nov. 7th

As part of its annual public event at the St. Marys VIA Station on Tuesday, November 7, the All Aboard St. Marys citizens’ committee will be paying tribute to the late Dan Rankin, the St. Marys Independent reporter who was such a good friend to the group.

“Dan never failed to provide accurate and supportive coverage of all our activities,” says Chris West of All Aboard St. Marys. “His tragic death in a highway accident last December deprived all of us of a keen and thoughtful voice for our community. The least we can do is to pay tribute to his memory and let his family know how much he meant to all of us at All Aboard St. Marys and throughout our town.” As part of the event Downtown GMC and AllRoads will be making a contribution to the Dan Rankin Memorial Scholarship fund.

The annual All Aboard St. Marys event will also include an update on the group’s activities and the developments in its ongoing campaign to improve VIA Rail service on the Toronto-London North Main Line. Former campaign coordinator Greg Gormick, who is now working on several rail and public transportation projects for Oxford County, will be provide insights regarding the current state of VIA.

Also invited is Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece, who has been asked to speak about the provincial government’s high-speed rail plan and its impact on our current rail service. MP John Nater will be represented by Matt Rae from the Stratford office because Nater will be in Ottawa.

The All Aboard St. Marys November 7th event, which will be held on Canada’s National Railway Day, is scheduled to begin at noon and will conclude with the departure of VIA’s Toronto-St. Marys-London train at 1:33 p.m. Complimentary refreshments and snacks will be provided, in the form of Tim Hortons coffee, tea and Timbits.

There will be free rides for attendees. To reserve a ride please call 519-284-3310 ext 238. Also during the event you can “Drive For a Cause” where $25 for each test drive will be donated. You have the choice of driving a 2018 GMC Terrain or a 2018 Buick Encore.

For more information, please contact:

Chris West

All Aboard St. Marys

chriswest@kwic.com

Tel: (519) 284-3310

Toll Free: 1-866-862-5632 Ext. 238

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