A driver with Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools has received the school bus driver of the year award in Alberta.
Brenda Dennis has been driving a school bus for more than 32 years and has worked for Red Deer Catholic since 2005.
During her time with the division, she has been a bus driver, parts person, service writer, first-aid instructor, driver trainer, dispatcher, receptionist and a routing specialist.
The award, presented by the Student Transportation Association of Alberta, is based on the full-time driver’s daily duties, responsibilities and public interactions.
“Brenda has always treated my boys as part of her family. Keeping them in line, when their actions require it, but also making sure they feel welcome on her bus and that the ride to school and home feels the same as if it were in one of our vehicles,” said parent Sandra Congdon.
“She goes out of her way to come to watch the boys play hockey. She supports our children, laughs with them and welcomes them every morning.”
Division transportation manager Shevon Medicraft said Dennis works hard and her commitment to families and student safety is exemplary.