Community Food Share collects $4,000 from Canadian Pacific as Holiday Train makes annual stop in Finch

Above, video of the Nov. 27 performance in Finch.

FINCH — The CP Holiday Train with Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo stopped in Finch this afternoon, drawing a slightly smaller crowd than previous years amid blustery, rainy weather.

It was the fifth consecutive year that Canadian Pacific’s Christmas-themed train recognized the North Stormont community by making Finch its second stop (after Beaconsfield, Que.), with more than 90 places to go on a cross-Canada journey that concludes Dec. 17 in Port Port Coquitlam, B.C.

Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MP Eric Duncan (left) and North Stormont Mayor Jim Wert collect CP’s donation to Community Food Share, today at the CP Holiday Train’s stop in Finch. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Smith photo, Nation Valley News

MP Eric Duncan credited former North Stormont Deputy Mayor Bill McGimpsey with successfully lobbying CP to add Finch to the train’s itinerary. McGimpsey “hounded CP until they decided to stop, so thank-you to bill,” said the MP, singling out the former township resident in the audience, during brief remarks as he and Mayor Jim Wert collected CP’s $4,000 donation to Community Food Share.

“Generosity’s one of the building points we have in North Stormont,” said Wert during the photo-op on the train-car stage, following Merlo’s 15-minute opening set.

Community Food Share is among the many local food banks benefiting as the train makes its way across the country. Now in its 21st annual run, the CP Holiday Train campaign has to date raised $15.8-million for the cause.

Because of its geographical location, Finch will probably never see the Holiday Train in total darkness, with the full effect of the lights adorning the set-up. But this year’s attendees nonetheless got a taste of that illumination. The overcast skies overhead today ensured the lighted Yuletide designs really stood out on the decorated train cars, to a degree not witnessed in the train’s previous four stops in Finch.

Below, courtesy photos of performers Madeline Merlo and Scott Helman, by Brian Mcrae.

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