As a one of Ontario’s 20,000 volunteer CAA School Safety Patrollers, Nolan Butler was tasked with keeping his fellow students safe on their daily school bus rides to and from school. His duties were to ensure that the students remained quiet and seated throughout the ride – not an easy feat with a bus full of kindergarteners. He was also specially trained to respond appropriately in the unlikely event of a bus emergency. Thankfully, 2018 evolved without incidents under Nolan’s watch.
What then led the committee to select Nolan as Patroller of the Year, given the fact that his safety skills weren’t put to the ultimate test? Nolan impressed the committee by being the very first student to insist on being granted the opportunity to be trained as a Bus Patroller. The fact that Nolan earned himself a perfect score on his Patroller safety test also carried considerable weight. But what contributed most to Nolan earning this award was his exceptional competence, his responsible demeanor, and the profound respect of his fellow students, teachers and bus drivers.