9:30 a.m., June 24)
resident named 2011 Transecure employee of the year
Special to OrléansOnline.ca
City of Ottawa ecognized the outstanding efforts of 12
OC Transpo employees at the 22nd annual Transecure Awards
on Thursday, including a Cumberland resident who helped
avoid a potentially disastrous situation.
Transpo employee Ghislaine Belair was named the 2011 Transecure
Employee of the Year. Ms. Belair was honoured for her
role in helping a colleague in an emergency situation.
The Transecure program is a community watch program on
wheels, with OC Transpo employees looking out for the
safety of all people by notifying emergency services,
assisting individuals in distress and offering a safe
haven in any OC Transpo vehicle.
is a true hero, says Cumberland Councillor Stephen
Blais. For our transit employees, going above and
beyond the call of duty is a daily occurrence, and we
are grateful for their dedication.
Belair was a passenger on the 95 Trim bus leaving Hurdman
Station on June 15, 2011 when she noticed some erratic
behaviour that indicated something was wrong with the
the first minutes after leaving the station, the operator
sat through several sets of traffic light changes at two
intersections and braked abruptly at an exit.
Belair moved closer to the driver to observe his behaviour
and asked the operator if he was okay. While the operator
replied that he had something in his eye, Ms. Belair could
see he appeared distressed and disoriented. At the same
moment, she realized the bus was moving forward and heading
to a lamp post on a median.
Belair grabbed the wheel and began steering while trying
to lift the operators foot off the accelerator.
A male passenger came to Ms. Belairs aid, put his
foot on the brake and brought the bus to a full stop.
Ms. Belair signalled to a nearby bus operator to radio
for help. Paramedics and OC Transpo personnel arrived
on the scene to aid the operator.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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