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New Jackets
Pictured above (L-R): Amanda Whiteside, Natalie Cooper, Shelley Barnes, Mark Begg, Jackie MacNair, Louise Massia, David Nixon, Mary Ellen Dicaire, Kevin Dawson, Lisa Chisamore, Safety Sam, Lyne Seguin, Brenda Prosser, Wanda Perry, Sophie Cosstick, Christine Estermann, Elizabeth Joyal, Martine Thibault, Bernice Villeneuve and Elaine Prodonick

With bullying in our headlines almost weekly, it is more important than ever to say “Bullying Stops Here!” The team from Delaney Bus Lines is proud to wear pink today in support of Pink Shirt Day, organized by the Boys and Girls Club of Cornwall and SD&G.  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.  Two male students subsequently 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 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 are some of Delaney’s school bus drivers, along with the administrative team in their pink t-shirts. Delaney Bus Lines Limited is a family owned and operated business located in Avonmore, Ontario.  Delaney provides school bus, highway coach and commuter transportation services throughout the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry as well as the cities of Cornwall and Ottawa.

New Jackets
Pictured Above (L-R): Casselman Predators Hockey Team and Staff along with Mark Begg – Delaney Bus Lines and Safety Sam – Delaney Bus Lines

As part of their commitment to supporting the local communities in which they operate, Delaney Bus Lines was proud to partner with a local children’s hockey team to promote team spirit by contributing towards the cost of jackets.

On December 8th, 2013, Delaney Bus Lines General Manager Mark Begg, along with company mascot Safety Sam were on hand at the J.R. Brisson Complex in Casselman to present the jackets to the Predators Initiation B1 team, following their morning game.

“It is community partners like Delaney’s who help make extracurricular activities for kids possible,” said Team Manager Jason Parsonage.  “By contributing to our team jackets, it allows us to keep costs down for our parents and helps promote team spirit among the kids,” continued Parsonage.

The Casselman Predators have been together for almost two years and have an upcoming tournament on January 3rd.  The team is coached by Stephane Bisaillon and assisted by Darryl Montgomery, Geoff McLean and Julien Benoit.  The team trainer is Kerry Leblond.  Immediately following the game, the team members received their jackets and anxiously awaited their picture with Safety Sam.

Kids with Class
Pictured Above (L-R): Danika’s family, Mark Begg – Delaney Bus Lines, Safety Sam – Delaney Bus Lines, Danika Decoeur and Sue Stewart – Variety 104.5

Delaney Bus Lines presented Danika Decoeur, from École élémentaire de l’Ange-Gardien, her Kids with Class award on Thursday, November 21st, along with Variety 104.5 and Dairy Queen Grill & Chill Cornwall.  The monthly contest hears inspirational stories of achievement and rewards deserving kids who have excelled or simply give 110% in academics, sports, community service, the arts and more.

As a reward for being a Kid with Class, Danika received a combined $200 R.E.S.P. from Delaney Bus Lines and RBC Royal Bank; a $100 gift card and an ice cream cake for the class from Dairy Queen Grill & Chill Cornwall; an iPod Shuffle + $50 iTunes card; and a food party for the entire class from Subway.

“There are many great kids in our community who have achieved personal success in one form or another” said Mark Begg, General Manager with Delaney Bus Lines.  “Whether they have reached a personal goal, helped someone in need or excelled beyond the expectations of others, their stories need to be heard” said Begg.

On behalf of the Delaney team, congratulations Danika and best wishes on your continued endeavours!

Special Transit Workshop

The fourth annual Mike Delaney Memorial Award was given out at Tagwi Secondary School’s graduation ceremonies in Avonmore on June 27, 2013.

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, having 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 must also be 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 Mark Begg presenting the award to Taylor Seguin.  Mark and his wife Diana (Delaney), represent the third generation of Delaney family members who have been involved in the school bus transportation business since 1948.

Special Transit Workshop

On Thursday, May 16th, drivers of special transportation vehicles and wheelchair accessible school buses met in the Delaney Bus Lines training room for a workshop on transporting students with special needs.

The workshop was facilitated by Mr. John Lalonde, Principal of Student Engagement with the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB).

Also in attendance was Tracy Irvine, Special Transportation Route Planner with Student Transportation of Eastern Ontario (STEO).

The program, called “Transporting Students with Special Needs: Kids Are People Too,” offered advice on how to better understand the behaviours of special needs students.  It outlined the three aspects of behaviour that a driver needs to consider before reacting in order to address those particular issues:

- Identifying behaviours and compromised commitments;
- Identifying the student’s needs;
- Meeting the identified needs.

In addition, topics such as pre-trip inspections, proper loading and unloading procedures, seat belt policies and child checks were also discussed.

A big thank you to all who attended!

Refresher Workshop

On April 23, 2013, Delaney Bus Lines hosted a new workshop tailored to drivers at, near or over the age of 65.  The workshop took place in the training room at their new facility in Avonmore.

The workshop was developed and delivered by James Giroux, following a new requirement in the operating contract with Student Transportation of Eastern Ontario (STEO).

A variety of topics were covered, including the effects of age on driving.  Other topics included:

- Pre-trip Inspections
- Student Loading and Unloading Procedure
- Railway Crossings
- Emergency Procedures
- Student Behaviour Management

Special guest, Janet Murray – HR/Training & Safety Coordinator with STEO, also took part in the workshop, reinforcing the importance of ongoing training with all drivers.

Thanks to all who attended.

Welcome James

Delaney Bus Lines is happy to announce that James Giroux has joined our team as our new Safety & Training Officer.

James’ previous experience includes: certified driving instructor for Young Drivers of Canada, administrator for the City of Sudbury and driving experience with Sudbury Transit and Cornwall Transit.

Furthermore, James recently completed the Professional Instructor in Driver Education (PRIDE) course in Burlington, Ontario.  The PRIDE program is an intensive 6-day program where participants are trained on driving instruction as well as in-class instruction.

The PRIDE program was formed by a consortium of the Ontario School Bus Association (OSBA), the Ontario Motor Coach Association (OMCA) and the Ontario Community Transit Association (OCTA) in order to develop a standardized instructor delivery course for the bus industry.  This year’s program was held in Burlington from March 10-15, 2013.

Welcome to the Delaney team, James and congratulations on completing the program.  We look forward to benefitting from your new expertise.

No More Bullies

The drivers and staff from Delaney Bus Lines were proud to wear pink last Wednesday in support of the Boys and Girls Club of Cornwall and SD&G, Pink Shirt Day.

The pink shirt theme originated from an incident at a Nova Scotia high school when students organized a protest in sympathy with a grade 9 student who had been bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school.  Two male students then distributed pink t-shirts to be worn by all the boys in the school, making a non-violent statement that bullying would not be tolerated.

Mark Begg, Manager with Delaney Bus Lines said that he was extremely proud of his team for taking part in this event.  “By participating in local initiatives like Pink Shirt Day, it demonstrates to our passengers, our schools and our community that we do not tolerate any type of bullying in our school buses.”

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.

Bowl for Kids

Chesterville – Thanks to the efforts of over 1,000 bowlers from throughout SD&G, the Tim Hortons Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake raised over $64,000 this year.

The 2013 edition kicked off on February 2 in Cornwall where 202 teams – 37 of them new – participated.  Chesterville Bowling Lanes saw a doubling in the number of teams the following weekend.

Many families, businesses and organizations return to bowl for the event every year. 

“We appreciate everyone in the community who came forward, putting in the new teams to help us make up the different this year, and also to all of our retuning teams who, year after year, are there for us,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director Amanda Brisson.

The bowling fundraiser provides a very large portion of funding for the charitable organization, which offers seven free mentoring programs to area youth in need.

Congratulations Team Delaney for taking part in an extremely important event and for representing us so well!

Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Bus

Delaney Bus Lines is pleased to announce that it was a successful proponent in the recent request for proposal issued by the Consortium de transport scolaire de l’Est (CTSE) servicing the French Public and French Catholic school boards.

“We are extremely honoured to have been selected as an operator in this new competitive procurement process.  It is a challenging time in our industry; however, I am excited to see that our company has demonstrated its capabilities to deliver safe, reliable and on-time performance and has been recognized in the award process,” said Mark Begg, General Manager with Delaney Bus Lines.

Delaney Bus Lines has been operating school bus transportation services since 1948 and currently operates 54 routes throughout the City of Cornwall, the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry as well as the United Counties of Prescott & Russell.  The new contract, which will commence in September 2013, will add approximately 40 units to Delaney’s current operation.

Operations Manager, Pierre Seguin said “We look forward to serving the Consortium de transport scolaire de l’Est and its member school boards on a larger scale and look forward to meeting the administration, teachers and students at the schools we will be serving in September.”

In the coming months, Delaney Bus Lines will be recruiting and training a significant number of school bus drivers to fulfill the requirements of this new contract.  For candidates interested in joining the Delaney team, they should visit www.delaney.ca/careers.html to download an application form or contact our office at 613-346-2511. 

Following the example set by the current team of bus operators, the company is confident that new team members will be well supported to provide the excellent level of service that Delaney Bus Lines endeavours to provide.

New Delaney Headquarter

The family and staff at Delaney Bus Lines moved their operations to a newly-constructed facility located at 16931 County Road 43 in Avonmore, Ontario this past Friday, November 23rd, 2012.

The office and maintenance facility was designed by Tucker Designs of Winchester, construction was done by Dale Coleman Construction of Avonmore and the interior design work was completed by Indulge Interiors of Avonmore.

The state-of-the-art facility houses the complete operation for Delaney Bus Lines which includes:

- Seven offices for staff
- A lunch room
- Driver’s entrance and washroom
- Meeting room
- Training boardroom
- Drive-through wash bay
- Three bay maintenance garage and inventory storage.

“We are extremely excited about this project,” said Mark Begg from Delaney Bus Lines.  “We are committed to providing an unparalleled level of service to our students and customers and this undertaking will ensure that we continue to do so, well into the future.”
 An open house will be held in the New Year giving family, friends, customers and team members the opportunity to see the facility.