Gerald Babichuk receives 2021-22 Bus Driver Award

Gerald Babichuk presented with 2021-22 Board of Trustees Bus Driver of the Year Award
Posted on 05/10/2022
Gerald Babichuk

On May 6, 2022, Smoky Lake-area bus driver Gerald Babichuk was presented with the 2021-22 Board of Trustees Bus Driver of the Year Award, during the Aspen View Public Schools 2022 Staff Awards and Recognition Night, held at the Thorhild & District Community Hall.

The Board of Trustees of Aspen View Public Schools established the Bus Driver of the Year Award in 2018 to celebrate exemplary service and dedication demonstrated by school bus drivers as they carry out the important task of transporting Aspen View students to and from school.

Mr. Babichuk was nominated for the award by Evonne Zukiwski on behalf of her son Chase, a Grade 2 student at H.A. Kostash School in Smoky Lake.

 “We have only had Mr. Babichuk as a driver for a year and a half, but it is easy to see why everyone loves him as a bus driver,” the nomination read. “Chase would always say that while they were waiting to leave school, he and his friends and classmates would show Mr. Babichuk their projects from school, and he would always ask them questions. It seems like such a small gesture, but to those 6-year-olds, they were excited to see the person who their parents trusted enough to get them safely to and from school.

“No matter the weather, Mr. Babichuk is on time – I’m sure world clocks could be set by his punctuality,” the nomination continued. “Mr. Babichuk is such a kind man, and after driving for 47 years, I think that commitment is something to be celebrated.”

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