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Did you know the chair of our board is a transit host?

Did you know the chair of our board is a transit host?

Dale Parker, chair of TransLink's board, with Sany, another transit host from TransLink.
Dale Parker, chair of TransLink's board, with Sany, another transit host from TransLink.

If you’ve been down to Aberdeen Station during the Games, you just might have been helped by Dale Parker, the chair of the TransLink Board!

Dale is working as a transit host at Aberdeen Station, although you may see him at other Richmond stations when more staff is needed.

It was an easy decision to be a host. “I just can’t imagine having this opportunity and not taking advantage of it,” he said. “It’s a wonderful experience, it really is. You only get to do it once and you meet people all over the world.”

As well, for Dale, this has been an opportunity to reconnect with old friends visiting from outside B.C. “Without exception I receive compliments on our public transit – many expressing the wish that theirs back home was comparable. My response is always the same – it’s the people that make the difference.”

So everyone from TransLink and its family of companies, if you’re listening, Dale sends enormous thanks to you. “The service is just above and beyond,” he said. “It’s beyond what we could have ever expected and it’s because of such great people with such a passion for making this a success.”

By the way, Dale’s not the only transit host from the board, either: board members Bob Garnett and Cindy Chan Piper are too!

And one more thing. I just have to share this great story I heard from Sany, the other TransLink transit host working with Dale at Aberdeen Station yesterday.

“The funniest story today was that six girls showed up here thinking they were at Metrotown,” said Sany. “They said, ‘Where’s Metrotown?’ and I showed them where Metrotown was on the map, and they went ‘Ahhhhh!’ They were really lost, really lost.”

Poor girls! And thanks so much for helping out, Dale, Sany, Bob, and Cindy!