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My tale, is not one of experience, but rather, envy. You see, I have never been to Canada. Even though I reside a short car ride from the Minnesota- Canadian border, I have never ventured that far north. While the Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC have me captivated and the amethyst mines in Thunder Bay call my name, I have still not made the journey to Canada.

Then, 10 years ago, I joined a company with its roots firmly in Canadian soil. One of the coolest benefits of working at Loram, is the long service recognition. In fact, employees are proud to become Quarter Century awardees and honored to be able to make the trip to Calgary. It is a trip everyone talks about. (And talks and talks.) It’s the excitement of planning. Do we add 1, 2 or more days to our trip? Do we visit Banff National Park or just stay and take in all that there is to see and do in Calgary, or both? Then, it’s the after-glow about how beautiful it is and how nice everyone is. And then comes the, “why didn’t we make this trip sooner?” question. Yes, why didn’t they? Rather, why don’t I?

It appears that I need to make my trip to Canada sooner than in 15 years. I shouldn’t wait for my Quarter Century induction when the mines of Thunder Bay are calling me now. Soon, very soon.

Jane S – Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc.

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