Fairview School Bus Driver selected for PRSD's Transportation Award of Excellence

Fairview School Bus Driver selected for PRSD's Transportation Award of Excellence

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August 27, 2019 –Peace River School Division (PRSD) congratulates Karen Obrigewitch, Fairview school bus driver for being selected as PRSD’s 2019 Transportation Award of Excellence recipient.  The annual award celebrates the dedication and commitment of transportation staff. 

Karen serves as a bus driver in the Fairview area and is a longtime employee of PRSD ,  She has had the same bus route for fifteen years, prior to that Karen was a spare bus driver for PRSD for two years. When asked how she feels about receiving this award she said “All I can say is wow, I am totally surprised!”, “I absolutely love my job and my fellow co-workers, I have made many long lasting friendships through Peace River School Division”.  Karen was presented with the award during a special ceremony with fellow school bus driver colleagues and transportation management staff at the annual PRSD Transportation start-up meeting held today. Superintendent Paul Bennett and Support Services Director John Przybylski presented Karen with the award and John shared commentary from nominations received from the public regarding Karen’s contributions as a professional school bus driver.

Comments from public nominations included; “My children adore their bus driver, they look forward to the bus ride every day”, “I feel confident that my kids are safe and cared for when on the bus”, “Truly amazing approach with very high needs kids, without this driver looking out for my high needs children and her solid commitment, I really don’t know how I would manage, One of a kind and I can’t stress enough how valuable this driver is to my family”, ”Thanks for being such an inspiration to all my kids, the compassion and patience you show can’t be taught but should be used as the measurement of excellence”. 

Some comments from her driver evaluation include; “When conducting the pre-trip this driver conscientiously checks all items to ensure that nothing is missed”, “Very attentive driver, well aware of her surroundings and maintains good head position”, Positive relationship with both parents and children”.

During the month of June, the PRSD Transportation Department asked the public to weigh in on who they felt was deserving of the award through online submissions.

“School bus drivers are very important members of our school division family and play a very important role in the education system” says Superintendent Paul Bennett. “They serve students, families, schools and help to create safe communities. On behalf of the division, I am thrilled to congratulate Karen for receiving this important award and thank her for her important contributions to student learning, safety, well-being and success.”

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