Mayor Mark Sutcliffe and Transit Commission Chair, Councillor Glen Gower, were joined by other City Councillors and senior City staff at Ben Franklin Place to recognize OC Transpo employees through both safety programs.
Safe Driving Awards
The Safe Driving Awards program recognizes bus operators who reach career milestones in driving. Employees must drive at least 1,000 hours during the previous year without an at-fault accident. Thirty-nine Operators were honoured for reaching 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of safe driving. Five of the Operators were recognized for driving more than 35 years without an at-fault accident, including one operator with 44 years, the longest active safe driving record.
Transecure is OC Transpo’s community watch program on wheels. It recognizes the actions of OC Transpo employees who demonstrate exemplary behaviour by assisting members of the community in their moments of need.
Fifteen employees were honoured today for their actions during 2022 as part of the City’s 36th annual Transecure Awards ceremony. Among them were the Transecure employees of the year, Bus Operators Ludwik and Gursharan. The two noticed a man lying on the side of the road who appeared to have suffered a serious stab wound. They applied a compression bandage to stop the bleeding and provided care until emergency services arrived.
Details for all the monthly winning calls are available on octranspo.com.
In 2022, 84 Transecure calls were made by OC Transpo employees, bringing the total number of calls to 12,022 since the program’s inception in 1987.
I am pleased to honour these OC Transpo employees who keep our community safe. Day after day they are able to navigate a large vehicle often through congested streets, and make sure their passengers reach their destination without incident. In addition, they regularly go above and beyond to make sure that, not only are their passengers kept safe, but that every member of the community is kept safe, by acting as the eyes and ears in our city.
Ottawa Mayor, Mark Sutcliffe
Our OC Transpo employees do an incredible job every day. To reach 20, 25, 30, 35 and even 40 years or more of safe driving over the course of a career is an amazing accomplishment. Every day they are on the road they safeguard the well-being of the community by providing a safe haven for those in need, reuniting lost children with their parents, and even serving as a first responder in medical emergencies when the need arises. I commend them for their efforts.
Councillor Glen Gower, Chair of the Transit Commission