A Smithers bus driver has been recognized for going the extra mile as part of Transit Driver Appreciation Day today.
Mike Wyllie, who has been a driver for 24 years, was praised by his employer and the Town of Smithers for his work as a driver and transit system manager.
B.C. Transit said it was proud of all its employees, but made special mention of Wyllie on his 24th anniversary behind the wheel.
Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach said he had experienced first-hand the local drivers’ professionalism.
“As a former regular transit rider, I can attest to Mike’s professionalism, dedication and community spirit,” said Bachrach.
“The success of our local transit service owes much to his exceptional work – both behind the wheel and throughout our community.”
B.C. Transit said Wyllie was known as a local hero for taking seniors on holiday lights tours and volunteering with the annual Stuff the Bus campaign, which collects non-perishable food and cash donations for a Christmas hamper program.
“BC Transit operators work hard all year long as our front-line ambassadors, providing outstanding customer service,” said BC Transit president and chief executive Manuel Achadinha.
“On Transit Driver Appreciation Day, I invite the public to join me in thanking our drivers for delivering daily on the company’s core values of safety, integrity and customer service.”
Printable thank you cards to give to local drivers are available online at www.transitdriverday.org.