CN Pensioners Associations, Inc.

Executive

President Les MacDonald
Past President Roger McDevitt
2nd Vice President Harry Hebbourn
3rd Vice President David Simpson
Secretary Roger McDevitt
Treasurer Elaine O'Hara
Membership Chair David Simpson
Entertainment Chair John McGinnis
Alt OPC Delegate (1) Elaine O'Hara
OPC Delegate (1) David Simpson 
OPC Delegate (2) Roger McDevitt
Alt OPC Delegate (2) Les MacDonald
Newsletter Editor John Mueller
Alt OPC Director Trul Trulsen
Callers Committee Chair Mary Czechowski
Sick & Visiting Elaine O'Hara
Director John Mueller
Director Mary Czechowski
Director Donna Simpson
Director Norm Newton
Director Bruno DiGenova
Director Elaine O'Hara
Director John McGinnis

Newsletters

All correspondence to be addressed to the President. General Meetings/Dinners are held at 1200 hrs on the 3rd Wednesday of each month except June, July, August and December at the Quinte Sports Centre, 265 Cannifton Rd, Belleville, ON.

ONE OF A KIND CN RAIL MONUMENT

In the 1960's a steam engine was place at Zick's Island Park in Belleville, Ontario, to commemorate Belleville as a Railroad town. Although it was maintained it slowly rusted to the point that it was removed in 1997.

The City of Belleville Ontario CN Train Monument Committee was established by the City of Belleville in 1997. The purpose of this volunteer committee was to establish a permanent monument site (now located south of South Foster Avenue along the Bayshore Trail.) It consisted of CN Employees, CN Pensioners and several local businessmen. The Belleville CN Train Monument acknowledges the importance that the railway played in the development of the Quinte area and at the same time acknowledge the efforts of the CN Railway employees and their contribution to the Quinte area. City Council first approved the CN Train Monument and landscaping which was constructed in the late 1990's. Over the years this was followed by the installation the flag pole, Memory Lane, walkway lighting, numerous benches, The Memory Lane Arches and the cement planters at both arches. Last year a floating turtle platform was installed much to the delight of young children.

This year in the 2014 Budget deliberations City Council has now approved the development of a Gazebo/Shelter with electricity and a concrete pad (phase1) which is to be installed along the Memory Lane area of the CN Train Monument site. This was subject to sufficient funds being raised by the community and the CN Train Monument Committee. This was accomplished in two months' time with generous assistance from the John M. & Bernice Parrott Foundation's and CN Rail, CN Pensioners, local donations and the sale of Stepping Stones. We hope that this project (phase 1) can now be completed in 2014. This public area, along the Bayshore Trail has always been a popular area with Belleville residents for many community events.

This Project will provide a 26 foot Octagon Gazebo/Shelter along Memory Lane located south of the Bayshore Trail at the foot of South Foster Avenue at the CN Rail Monument site. The Gazebo/Shelter will include a concrete floor, railings, electricity and would be completely accessible to wheelchairs. The Gazebo/Shelter location will have great public view of the Bay of Quinte for all citizens to enjoy. It will also add to the enhancement of the CN Monument's grounds' maintained by the City of Belleville. Many more special events and wedding parties are expected to use this location for picturesque and community activities. Many wedding pictures are already being taken at the Memory Lane Arches at present!

Stepping stones are in place representing CN Pensioners from across Canada. At present the stones cost $100 each but will be going up to $125.00 on August 1, 2014. Larger stones are available. If you are travelling by, feel free to stop and visit this site. You may purchase a stone by calling 613-967- 3218 or the CNPA President at 613-395-0921.