Remembering Operation Lifesaver Rail Safety Ambassador Bart MacMillan
It was with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of long-time Operation Lifesaver volunteer Bart MacMillan. He was 67 years old.
Bart was a passionate promoter of rail safety and the Financial Chair of Operation Lifesaver’s (OL’s) B.C. committee. For almost 40 years, Bart was involved in railway policing in British Columbia, first with BC Rail and later with CN as a constable and community service officer for their Pacific Division.
But Bart was also an OL Rail Safety Ambassador for the past 24 years.
Last September, we had the chance to recognize Bart’s contribution to rail safety by awarding him with the 2017 Roger Cyr Award for Public Rail Safety
. Named after the founder of OL Canada, this award is given to Operation Lifesaver partners and volunteers who go above and beyond when it comes to promoting railway safety and encouraging others to do the same. And there is no question Bart went above and beyond. He spent almost four decades spreading the rail safety message, both in his job and as an OL Rail Safety Ambassador.
Over the years, Bart delivered over 200 rail safety presentations for OL—sharing the rail safety message directly with more than 16,000 children and 1,600 adults. Through his participation at various other OL events, he reached an additional 970,000 people.
There are no words to express how much we appreciated all the work Bart did. We will miss him greatly.