Best driver

Myles Noye cho­sen school bus driver of the year

Journal Pioneer - - FRONT PAGE - BY ERIC MCCARTHY

Myles Noye, who drives an Eller­slie El­e­men­tary School bus route, was named School Bus Driver of the Year by the Prince Ed­ward Is­land Home and School Fed­er­a­tion.

See­ing a smile on a child’s face, or help­ing to put it there, is what Myles Noye re­gards as the most sat­is­fy­ing part of be­ing a school bus driver. Noye was called in to Eller­slie El­e­men­tary School early Wed­nes­day and sud­denly found him­self seated as the guest of hon­our for a spe­cial assem­bly. Prince Ed­ward Is­land Home and School Fed­er­a­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tions were there to present him with the School Bus Driver of the Year Award. The award comes two weeks prior to Noye’s re­tire­ment from a 35-year bus driv­ing ca­reer. He ac­tu­ally started driv­ing 39 years ago, de­liv­er­ing stu­dents to Hernewood and Westisle schools from 1979 to 1993. He then shifted to school cus­to­dian at Eller­slie El­e­men­tary for four years. He has driven an Eller­slie El­e­men­tary School bus route since 1997, most re­cently at the wheel of bus 561. He’s driven oth­ers, but says his last one is “way more com­fort­able.” He reads to the Grade 1 stu­dents, as well as at­tends school concerts and as­sem­blies. “His love for chil­dren shows on the faces of his stu­dents,” Home and School Fed­er­a­tion sec­re­tary, Donna MacLeod, read from one of the let­ters the fed­er­a­tion re­ceived sup­port­ing Noye’s nom­i­na­tion. School prin­ci­pal, Ja­son Cormier, praised Noye for go­ing above and be­yond. “He’s just su­per-help­ful; al­ways will­ing to lend an ex­tra hand,” Cormier added. Dave Gil­lis with the P.E.I Pub­lic Schools Branch also noted Noye has rep­re­sented fel­low bus driv­ers on the bar­gain­ing unit. “I’m go­ing to miss you,” Noye ad­dressed the stu­dents. “Then come back here one day,” a stu­dent shouted from the assem­bly. Noye was pleased to gain his pas­sen­gers’ re­spect. “If you’ve got the re­spect of the kids, you have no trou­ble,” he said as mem­bers of the school choir sang in the back­ground, “the wheels of the bus go round and round.” Grad­u­at­ing stu­dent Cierra Gal­lant, who has driven on Noye’s bus since kinder­garten, said, “He can han­dle our bus,” be­fore she added that bus 561 is the school’s “calmest” bus. Nurs­ing and so­cial work are all part of the un­writ­ten job de­scrip­tion of a bus driver, said Noye in ex­press­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the recognition. “I’m re­ally touched.” “They’re all very spe­cial,” he said of his pas­sen­gers. “They all have dif­fer­ent as­pects of how they want to be treated.” Some travel, in­clud­ing a trip to Europe, is in Noye’s re­tire­ment plans.

ERIC MCCARTHY/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Donna MacLeod, left, sec­re­tary of the P.E.I. Home and School Fed­er­a­tion, and Eller­slie El­e­men­tary School Grade 6 stu­dent, Cierra Gal­lant, con­grat­u­lates Myles Noye on be­ing cho­sen the fed­er­a­tion’s 2018 School Bus Driver of the Year

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