The OSBA Awards Program recognizes individuals, companies and organizations that have made significant contributions towards the student transportation industry in the following categories.
President's Award — recognition of any individual, employed by a school bus company member, who demonstrates excellence in service and safety managing efficient business operations.
Industry Achievement Award — recognition of any individual, in any category of membership, who has made a special contribution to the student transportation industry.
Honourary Membership — recognition of an individual who is no longer associated with the industry and has rendered valuable service to the OSBA.
Driver Excellence Award — recognition of a school bus driver demonstrating exemplary performance and a commitment to excellence, particularly in the areas of driving, customer service and safety.
2017 OSBA Driver Excellence Award Winner
The Ontario School Bus Association is very pleased to announce that Pat Sanvido - Student Transportation of Canada - Elliott Coach Lines's Breslau location, is the winner of the 2017 OSBA Driver Excellence Recognition Award. A number of excellent nominations were received from OSBA members, making it a very difficult task to choose only one winner!
Pat Sanvido has driven a school bus since 1971 and has driven accident-free her entire career – 46 years and counting. However, Pat is much more than a driver and is said to be the lifeblood of STC - Elliott Coach Lines in just about every way.
Pat has received accolades over the years. Most notably, in 2013, Pat was among the inaugural group awarded the honour of being placed on her company’s Safety Wall of Fame. Pat is intensively involved in the community. Be it Brownies, or Scouts, or the Stuff a Bus events, or teaching crafts to students, Pat demonstrates a dedication to supporting young people at every opportunity. Pat has spent a significant amount of time supporting seniors in her community and donating her time as a driver to local organizations.
Pat constantly supports the morale in the company. She runs the “guess the number of candies in the jar” programs, with proceeds going to charities. Pat spends hours of her own time buying food and creating wonderful meals that she serves to the entire branch on a regular basis and always ensuring that the office is decorated for seasonal events.
Pat graciously offers her expertise to other drivers, mentoring and coaching them on the finer points of school bus driving. Few drivers are as conscientious and meticulous as Pat when it comes to the technical aspects of her job. The kids on Pat’s bus when she started driving in 1971, have completed their work careers and have retired, yet Pat continues. The number of students to whom she has been a positive influence over the years numbers in the thousands. A true professional! Congratulations Pat!