Via Rail employees from the Montreal Maintenance Centre continue to show generosity

    MONTREAL, June 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Last Friday, VIA Rail employees from the
company's Montreal Maintenance Centre (MMC) in Pointe-Saint-Charles welcomed a
group of children from the Jeanne-LeBer elementary school located close to
VIA's facility. The purpose of the visit was to allow the children to see the
workshop where locomotives and cars are maintained and repaired, and also
present the school with a $ 5,000 cheque to improve its own facilities.
    "We raised the money by collecting empty cans and scrap metal," said
Alain Deslauriers, a Project Manager at VIA and leader of the Centre's Green
Team. "The benefits are twofold: we help the school and at the same time we
    During the visit, Mr. Deslauriers answered the children's questions and
later distributed yellow hard hats for them to wear while in the shop. "The
children had a great time and they were able to take a peek at the different
trades in the shop. I believe this kind of outing encourages them to try
harder. They think 'I can be an electrician when I grow up. I like this.'"
    This is not the first time VIA employees from the MMC have helped out the
school. As a result of a recycling project in 2008, they donated $ 15,000 for
the school playground and the library.

    About VIA Rail Canada:

    As Canada's national passenger rail service, VIA Rail Canada provides
efficient, environmentally sustainable and cost effective transportation
services to more than 450 communities, with a network of inter-city,
transcontinental and regional remote trains operating across the country.

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For further information: VIA Media Contact: Malcolm Andrews, Corporate
Communications, (514) 871-6604,

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