Driver Appreciation Day

June 12, 2020 has been designated OSTA’s Driver Appreciation Day, a day in which we recognize and thank our many dedicated yellow bus, wheelchair bus, van drivers and walking school bus (WSB) leaders for getting students to and from school every day. For the past 5 years we have set aside a special day to recognize the efforts of drivers and WSB leaders who transport approximately 60,000 students to and from OCDSB and OCSB schools each day. This year should be no different and that’s why, for the safety of all staff and drivers, we have decided to hold a virtual event. We have asked students across both school boards to share their thanks with us on social media so their drivers and WSB leaders get the recognition they deserve!

On Driver Appreciation Day – and indeed every day – OSTA offers it sincere thank you to all professional school bus and van drivers, and to our WSB leaders for their service and dedication. We couldn’t do it without you!

Thank you to all yellow bus, wheelchair bus, van drivers and WSB leaders for the challenging work of bringing students to school safely and ready to learn – from all of us at OSTA

Below are some examples of submissions we’ve received – if you would like to see more simply follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Thank You’s

GEM Awards

Every year, bus operators submit nominations for the GEM Awards for drivers who go the extra mile. The GEM awards celebrate outstanding contributions that school bus drivers make every school day transporting OCDSB and OCSB students to and from school.

Winners will be announced June 12th, 2020



Enjoy an online school bus puzzle:


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