In celebration of Seniors and Elders Month, the Healthy Aging Resource Team will be holding their Annual Downtown Connection - 55+ Resource Event which takes place at the Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex and Portage Place Shopping Centre. Please click here for events and times at the Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex. Please click here for events and times at the Portage Place Shopping Centre. For more information, feel free to call the Healthy Aging Resource Team at 204-940-8140.
Rail Safety Week Kick Off event will be on Monday, September 23rd from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Claude Mongeau National Training Centre, 650 Pandora Avenue East. This is a "Come and Go" event. Entrance is through the main doors of the CN Campus and as an attendee, you will be asked to take the Rail Safety Pledge. By taking the pledge, you will automatically be entered into a draw to win a trip to Louisiana.
Although you will have received another email confirming more details regarding your shifts and where you should park, for your convenience, you can view this latest update by clicking here.
Rail Safety Week Sept 23rd to 29th -- Rail Safety Week is just a couple of weeks away. We encourage everyone to practice rail safety every week of the year. Click here to Take The Pledge and for more rail safety tips.
CN 100th, CN & Tree Canada Tree Planting Event: This special event will be held on September 28th at 10:00 a.m. at the Harte Trail at Van Roon Garden (Entrance at south end of Cullen Dr. and Bergman Cres.) If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Jennifer Feschuk@firstname.lastname@example.org. To see the invite, click here.
Although you will have already received the "Volunteer Detailed Instructions " document via email, for your convenience, you can also view it by clicking here.
When: Saturday, September 21st from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Sunday September 22nd from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
CN Family Day for CN Employees, CN Pensioners and families will be held on the above 2 mornings. Entrance on Family Day will be controlled by a required registration through a toll free number. Therefore, in order to attend, you MUST REGISTER with CN by calling the toll free number at 1-833-882-6100. Please leave your full name, your CN Pin number as well as the number of people attending in your group, your phone number and which day you will be attending (eg. Saturday or Sunday). The phone line is open Monday to Friday between 2:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time. You will only receive a call back if CN requires further clarification from you, otherwise you will be considered registered.
Please note that during the Family Day hours, the event is closed to the general public. Therefore, if you fail to register, you will be denied access.
Also, if you have signed up to volunteer on either one of the mornings of Family Day, you only have to register if you want to get a ticket for the Family Day meal / BBQ. There will still be food available for the volunteers other than the BBQ.
Like most Canadians, you may be familiar with the inspiring story of Terry Fox who was just 18 when he was diagnosed with bone cancer. He began his Marathon of Hope across Canada in 1980 following the amputation of his right leg, running a marathon each day for 143 days straight!
Did you know that while he was in the hospital, his father, Rolly, a CN employee for 36 years, was able to stay by his side thanks to his colleagues who covered his shifts so that the family wouldn’t miss a paycheck? Rolly’s story is testimony to CN railroaders’ true dedication and solidarity, and just one of several amazing connections between Terry Fox and CN!
CN is proud to partner with the Terry Fox Foundation for the 39th Annual Terry Fox Run taking place on Sunday, September 15 with over 900 runs across Canada. CN employees, pensioners and their families are invited to join the CN Team for a community run in one the locations where it is being held.
To register or support the run please visit the Terry Fox Run – Winnipeg by clicking here. If you are participating in the run, please register by Sept 9th. All registered participants will receive details by email as well as a CN100 ball cap at the run.
All money raised from this event supports cancer research through the CN Employees and Pensioners Community Fund, and CN will match employees’ funds raised up to a maximum of $25,000. While we encourage you to raise funds, it is not mandatory.
New Shift Schedules
This is addressed to all of the pensioners that volunteered for a shift (s) for the CN 100 celebration, being held at The Forks Thursday Sept 19 – Sunday Sept 22. First, thank you again for volunteering to assist in the celebration. In May, I advised everyone that the organizers, just prior to the first celebration held in Quebec City, made a change to the shift schedules and the numbers of volunteers required for each shift. The changes they made to the schedule were significant enough that we couldn’t assume that people would just accept the change in their shift times and length, so we decided to discard everything we had done up until then and start again, with the new shift schedule. We provided advice of this on our website, and Facebook page to make sure it got to the widest audience and we contacted all of the initial applicants (email or phone) to give them specifics.
The new shift schedule was created as a fillable form on our website (www.cnpensioners.ca) and to date we have 47 applicants, some of which are members of this group that reapplied.....thank you.
Under the new schedule, we now have 112 shifts to fill and some of the additional shifts are to provide “spare” pensioners in each time slot to ensure our volunteers will get sufficient breaks throughout their shifts. This is still not an absolutely fixed schedule as the organizers are contemplating an additional day, to be a 2nd CN Family Day, because of the large employee and pensioner population we have locally. This will provide more opportunity for those to attend, but it will also create an additional 46 shifts to be filled.
Because there is still a possibility of the schedule changing, and in order to minimize any changes that would be required to the shift assignments once we make them, we won’t be assigning any shifts until after our General Meeting September 4, and we will be taking applications to volunteer at that meeting as well. We will try and accommodate everyone’s individual shift preferences.
Once again, if you have already reapplied for your shifts, thank you. If you have not, any applications will be appreciated and if they can be received prior to September 5th, it would certainly help in the establishment of a working schedule, without making numerous changes later.
Please feel free to pass this information along to any other pensioners that may want to volunteer some time in September.
Bruce Anderson & Linda Schram
CN 100 New Volunteer Application
Thank you for your application to volunteer for the CN 100 celebration, being held at The CN Stage and Field at The Forks in Winnipeg Thursday Sept 19 through Sunday Sept 22. We have your information and we will be starting to assign shifts based on your preferences after the CNPA General Meeting Wednesday Sept 4.
The reason we are holding off is that we want to be sure that we have the final schedule settled and that we have as many applications submitted prior to starting the process, in order to minimize the number of changes we have to make once we make the initial assignments. We understand that’s not a very long advance period prior to the event, but it should make the process simpler and reduce any confusion.
More details will continue to be provided on our website, www.cnpensioners.ca and on our Facebook Page and at the General Meeting, Wednesday, September 4th, and eventually directly to you. Some important points for now:
Thank you again for signing up as a volunteer and we will get as much additional information as soon as we can, including your shifts, sometime after September 4th.
Bruce Anderson & Linda Schram
Preparations are well under way for the CN 100th celebrations. The Moving Celebration Tour will be in Winnipeg Sept 19th to 22nd. For more information about the festivities and how you can participate, visit our CN 100th page. As we become aware of more details, these will be announced at our April, May and June General Meetings as well as posted on our website (cnpensioners.ca) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cnpensionersmanitoba) and in our upcoming National and Manitoba newsletters.
Janet Lewis Anderson
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