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School Bus Safety Week, being held this year from October 17-21, provides the opportunity for bus operators to remind children about school bus safety. However, parents, caregivers, teachers, school boards, governments and the general public also need to be reminded about their roles in ensuring school bus transportation remains the safest form of transportation for Ontario's school children.

This year, Delaney Bus Lines is partnering with Safe Transportation of Pupils (S.T.O.P) to distribute "Safe Stop" ribbons to help promote proper stopping practices around school buses. Lapel ribbons and vehicle antenna ribbons are being distributed to school bus drivers, school personnel, school board officials and enforcement personnel across Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry and the City of Cornwall.

"We are extremely excited to introduce this awareness campaign which will promote the importance of proper stopping practices around school buses," said Mark Begg, Manager with Delaney Bus Lines. "We need as many people as possible to pledge that they will help preserve our future by obeying the law."

Staffs in area schools, bus drivers from Delaney Bus Lines, enforcement officers with the Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police, as well as Cornwall Community Police are being encouraged to participate in this awareness project. Together, we can all work towards a better tomorrow.

To learn more about school bus safety please visit our "School Bus Safety Zone" where we have an online game to help young students learn about school bus safety while having fun!


The office staff at Delaney Bus Lines were mugged morning.... by Sue & Jimmy from Cornwall's Variety 104.5 moning show "The Morning Show with Jimmy & Sue".

The team from The Morning Rush with Jimmy & Sue showed up at our office in Avonmore withall sorts of great treats which included, Variety 104 coffee mugs, fresh coffee and homemade treats from Moustache Joe’s Italian Deli & Café, beautiful flowers from Roy’s Florist, a half-hour massage from Cornwall Healing Arts and an official “You’ve been Mugged…” certificate courtesy of State Farm Agents Jason Gadbois and Lawrence Vandermeer.

A big thanks from everyone at Delaney Bus Lines to the whole team at Variety 104.5... Keep up the great work!

Mike Award

The Mike Delaney Memorial Award was created to honour an individual who worked tirelessly to provide for his family, for his business and for his community.  Mike was definitely an unsung hero, as he never sought recognition or thanks for his many generous acts.

The award is presented solely at Tagwi Secondary School’s graduation ceremonies in Avonmore.  This is done to honour the commitment Mike made to his local community and to recognize the valuable relationship he cultivated with the Tagwi family.

The recipient of the award is selected by the graduation committee, as an individual who seeks to assist others in need and who emulates Mike’s genuine sense of care and compassion for others, without personal reward or recognition.  The student is also in pursuit of furthering his or her education at the college or university level for which the bursary is to assist.

Pictured at left is Mrs. Diana Delaney-Begg presenting the award to Megan MacLeod.  Diana represents the third generation of Delaney family members who have been involved in the school bus transportation business since 1948

School Bus Driver Appretiation Day
Pictured L-R: Ginette Paquette-Gadbois, Nicole Makinson, Frank Wilson, Brenda Lozo and Ann MacMillan

As the 2010-2011 school year wraps up, the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario took to the streets on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 to say “Thank You” to its school bus and vehicle drivers.

School Bus Driver Appreciation Day was held across the Board’s jurisdiction and recognized the important work done by the people behind the wheel of the school transportation system.

“The role undertaken by school bus drivers is vital to our school system,” said Transportation Manager Nicole Makinson.  “Taking the time to recognize these individuals is important to us as we truly appreciate the excellent job they do.”

As a token of appreciation, each driver received an original piece of artwork created by elementary school students during a School Bus Safety Week contest.  The drawings were framed and later presented to all school bus drivers upon their arrival at school on the morning of June 1.

Pictured above is Nicole Makinson, Transportation Manager with the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, presenting the gift to Delaney school bus driver Frank Wilson.  Also on hand to show their appreciation were Ann McMillan, Ginette Paquette-Gadbois and Brenda Lozo, all from the transportation department with the Catholic District School Board.

Bus 1801

The month of April proved to be a busy month as Delaney Bus Lines purchased three additional highway coaches for their fleet.

Having seen an increase in highway coach charters, Delaney Bus Lines purchased an additional H3-45 Prevost highway coach, equipped with 56 reclining seats, washroom facility, air-ride suspension, air conditioning and panoramic windows – to help deal with additional charter demands.

In addition to the H3-45 model bus, Delaney also acquired two XL-II model highway coaches.  These units feature the same amenities as the H3 series bus; however, seat 55 passengers.

The two XL model units were purchased to service new commuter runs that were established from the Township of North Glengarry and the Township of North Stormont, effective April 1, 2011.

“This has been an exciting time for us,” said Mark Begg, Manager for Delaney Bus Lines.  “The demand for commuter services from the two townships became apparent following some changes in existing bus services in our communities.  The addition of these routes only made sense following the success of our Cornwall commuter bus which has been operating since 2005.”

The new buses have been lettered to match the existing Delaney coach fleet and the final bus is expected to be delivered in early May.

Thank You from everyone at Delaney Bus Lines

Drivers of special needs students participated in the Autism Spectrum Disorder workshop at the Best Western Parkway & Conference Centre in Cornwall on Wednesday, March 9.

Facilitating the session was Colleen Thurston, an Autism Spectrum Disorder Resource Consultant with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Some days it seems the only predictable thing about it is the unpredictability.  The only consistent attribute about autism is the inconsistency.  There is little argument on any level that autism is baffling, even to those who spend their lives around it.  The child who lives with autism may appear “normal” but his or her behaviour can be perplexing and downright difficult.

Once believed to be an incurable disorder, increasing knowledge and understanding about autism is quickly eroding this notion.  Every day, individuals with autism are proving that they can overcome, compensate for, and otherwise manage many of autism’s most challenging characteristics.

Equipping those around children with an understanding of autism’s most basic elements has a tremendous impact on their ability to journey towards productive and independent lives.

The day was capped off by a working lunch provided by the Best Western Parkway & Conference Centre.  Thanks to all who attended!

With bullying in our headlines, almost weekly, it is more important than ever before to say “Bullying Stops Here!” The team from Delaney Bus Lines is proud to wear pink today in support of the Boys and Girls Club of Cornwall and S D and G, Pink Shirt Day.  Bullying can be stopped, but we must do it together.

The pink theme originated from an incident that happened in September several years back, when two Nova Scotia high school students organized a protest in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy.  The boy had been bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school, thus the two students handed out pink shirts to all boys in the school, making a non-violent statement that bullying will not be tolerated.

Mark Begg, Manager with Delaney Bus Lines said that he was extremely proud of his team for taking part in this cross Canada, annual event.  “We are only a small part of a student’s school day; however, we are committed to keeping our school buses bully-free zones.”  In addition to this awareness campaign, Begg said that school bus drivers also get to participate in workshops such as: “Growing Respect on Your School Bus” and “Building Positive Student Behaviour on Your School Bus” throughout the school year.

Pictured above is the administrative team from Delaney Bus Lines in their pink t-shirts.

Bullying can have serious, even tragic effects on children. Younger children are especially vulnerable to bullying, but even older children are at risk. Many incidents of school violence are at least partly the result of relentless bullying. However, the negative effects of bullying are not limited to violence. Less dramatic but just as serious in the long run are the daily stresses children must endure in an environment dominated by a bully. Every child deserves a safe and enjoyable bus ride. Children who are intimidated by a bully on their bus are seldom ready to learn when they arrive at school. And unfortunately, the school bus can be a perfect environment for bullying. d

As a result, drivers from the Delaney team who had not yet participated in this workshop got together at the Best Western Parkway and Conference Centre on February 24.  Facilitated by Dianne Gauthier, the workshop was sponsored by the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario and The Upper Canada District School Board.

Delaney Wins Above and Beyond Award

The Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce held its 23rd Business Excellence Awards banquet on February 19 and this year’s recipient of the Above and Beyond award was Delaney Bus Lines.  The glamorous evening was held in Campbell Hall at the NAV Centre in Cornwall with about 250 business professionals and local citizens and dignitaries in attendance.

Before guests were treated to a full course meal, they browsed through special areas such as a candy station, a gambling table and a martini bar where drinks were served from an ice sculpture, while sampling a wide variety of hors d’oeuvres.  Before the awards ceremony began, everyone was seated and then amazed by an innovative show put on by gymnasts and a fire-handler.

Innovation is also the hallmark for Delaney Bus Lines, which received the Above and Beyond Award, sponsored by Bell Aliant.  “This is overwhelming and totally unexpected,” said Mark Begg, Manager with Delaney’s.  The company took first prize last year in the BUSRide magazine’s MotorVision Competition for best-looking coach.

The coach is a commuter bus to Ottawa which has a wraparound scene that includes a Cornwall Lift-Off balloon.  Its purpose is to promote the Choose Cornwall initiative. The design was conceptualized by Matthew Delaney of Split Productions.


Sarah Rowe Drives a Bus

The team from Delaney Bus Lines kicked off the New Year with a murder mystery dinner theatre held at Cornwall Ramada Inn on January 29, 2011.

The annual Christmas gathering provides the Delaney team some well-deserved recognition for the hard work they do each and every day.  It also provides them with the opportunity to meet many of their co-workers they often only see on the road passing by.

Further to enjoying a traditional turkey dinner and theatre production, the team from Delaney Bus Lines rallied together to help out the local Agape Centre with a food donation.  “It is extremely nice of the Delaney family to provide an event like this for their drivers, so the least we could do is participate in their initiative to help give back to the community,” said Carole Fiddler, one of Delaney’s numerous drivers.

Pictured at left is Delaney’s mascot “Safety Sam” posing for the picture with some of the food donations that were dropped off at the Agape Centre on Wednesday.

Mark Begg, Manager with Delaney Bus Lines said that he was extremely proud of his team for the amount of items donated at their annual event.  “Our Christmas party gives us an opportunity to thank our team for a job well done.  It was also a perfect time to come together and help out those in need.  Our team did a great job!”