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Children's aid societies honour TTC operator

Last week, three local children’s aid societies awarded the Stand Up for Kids Award to a TTC operator. The award from the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and Jewish Family and Child Services recognizes the driver’s action in protecting a toddler from serious harm.

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario’s new Minister of Children and Youth Services, presented the award to Chris Paulsen at the head office of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto last Tuesday, November 8.

In September, Paulsen was operating his bus along the 100 Flemington Park route when he spotted a small child, wearing only diapers, walking along a pathway towards a busy street.

“Being a father, I stopped the bus, whipped open the doors and ran back to pick up the child who had walked onto the roadway. I think my passengers, and those at the stop ahead, were wondering where I was going,” Paulsen joked on accepting his award.

Paulsen took the child into his care, called the TTC’s transit control centre to advise dispatchers of the situation and flagged down a police cruiser for help.

“Chris’s keen actions and alertness of his surroundings prevented what could have been a tragic ending to this story. Instead, the outcome is inspiring,” said the chair of the Toronto Transit Commission, Councillor Karen Stintz.

“Chris’s keen actions represent countless employees who, on a daily basis, keep an eye out for their customers and for the community in which they serve. He will be nominated for a monthly Transit Community Watch Award,” said TTC chief general manager Gary Webster.

“Chris made a choice to stand up for kids. He didn’t look the other way,” said David Rivard, chief executive officer of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. “His decision has had an irreplaceable impact on the life of this child.”