Chicago.- On August 24th, in an unprecedented event, Father Peter and Presbytera Dana Spiro were flown to Toronto Canada by General Motors to speak at the GM automotive plant in Oshawa. In July, Father was contacted by the lead designer of the newly redesigned 2006 Impala, informing him that he was the first worldwide owner of the new vehicle. After sharing their story of survival with GM, they were invited to the plant to speak about their experience during the launch of the new vehicle.
Their tour of the plant and visit were professionally videotaped, as was Father’s message, in order to be shared and broadcast to the over 6,000 employees at the plant. Their story was also sent out in media to over 350,000 employees at GM and Onstar. Numerous plant employees, being familiar with their story, expressed their support and concern during their tour of the facility. Select automotive magazines, and dealership magazines worldwide will also headline their story this Fall.
During the formal program, Father shared the stage with leading NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. Stewart spoke on his recent advances in his career and of his respect for Chevrolet. Following Stewart’s remarks, Father addressed the employees in appreciation of the safety features and the quality of the vehicle he was in during the accident. Father was then presented with a framed montage in recognition of being the first owner of the vehicle in the world. Father Spiro and Presbytera were also presented with embroidered jackets from the Oshawa plant. Their story can be found in GM dealerships everywhere, and in select media beginning in September.