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Transit Recognized for Service During Wildfire

The Transit Services team took some time to celebrate Jan. 13, as Wade Coombs, a board member of the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA), made the trip to Fort McMurray to present the Individual Leadership Award for Exceptional Service During Time of Crisis to Transit staff who served during the 2016 Wildfire.

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Although the Transit Team took time to celebrate just recently, CUTA presented the Individual Leadership Awards at its annual conference in Vancouver this past November to those who have made a major contribution or an outstanding achievement in the areas of Heroism, Distinguished Service, Excellence, Exceptional Service, as well as the W.G. Ross Lifetime Achievement Award.

Recipients of the Award for Exceptional Service During Time of Crisis were Tony O’Doherty (Acting Director, Transit Services), Raymond Chappell (Supervisor, Bus Maintenance), inspectors, dispatchers, administrative staff, bus operators, mechanics, technicians, labourers and hostlers of the Transit Services team.

This one-time award was specially created by CUTA to recognize not any one individual, but the team of Transit staff that went above and beyond during the 2016 Wildfire.

They were recognized for evacuating residents, protecting and servicing buses and equipment, providing storage for food and supplies, transporting first responders and emergency crews, transporting supplies and equipment, and providing leadership and support to staff and volunteers.

CUTA is a member-based national association that supports public transit as the core of integrated mobility across Canada. Every year, CUTA accepts nominations for their Corporate and Individual Leadership Awards to recognize the efforts and excellence of its members. Awards are presented each year at their annual conference. Find out more about CUTA at the organization's website.

Watch out for on-street parking restrictions. WMZ season is scheduled to begin Oct.15, pending weather conditions.