Kim McLeod, a bus driver contracted with EIPS

Kim McLeod, a bus driver contracted with EIPS

Sherwood Park, AB. — On May 6, students and staff across Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) are celebrating all bus drivers across the Division this Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Not only do bus drivers ensure the safety of students on their trip home, but many also go above and beyond to make daily life brighter for those who ride. 

Kim McLeod has done exactly that in her four years of bus driving in Sherwood Park. “I used to work a hectic full-time job, so I wanted to lessen the workload and try something different,” says McLeod, a bus driver contracted with EIPS. “I heard from a friend who was struggling with finding drivers and the rest was history.” 

At 57, McLeod has found a job that fits her life. “Being a bus driver is not as easy as people think. I wear many hats—from therapist to mediator to teacher—and all while driving the bus! But I love working in the community and I love the kids. With everything they deal with, I want to help them start their day in a positive way with a smile and a good morning.” 

McLeod also holds prize draws during Christmas to lift students’ spirits. “Seeing their excitement is amazing. Sometimes those simple things can really make an impact. Mike—the driver who trained me—said something that’s really stuck with me: You may be one of the only pleasant people they meet in a day. That’s what I keep in mind.” 

“The role of a bus driver extends far beyond just driving a bus; drivers are pillars of support, ensuring students feel safe, comfortable and valued during their daily commute,” says Lisa Weder, Director, EIPS Student Transportation. “Their patience, kindness and attentiveness make a significant difference in the lives of students and contribute to the positive atmosphere within our school community.”

Bus Driver Appreciation Day marks a time to celebrate all the hard work, problem-solving and relationship-building bus drivers do every day. EIPS’ Board of Trustees and employees from Student Transportation will be travelling around the Division to give a token of appreciation to each bus driver contracted with EIPS. 

Thank you to every bus driver on routes throughout the Division! 


Elk Island Public Schools is one of Alberta’s largest school divisions, serving approximately 17,750 students in 42 schools. We are proud to be an integral part of our communities, including Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Strathcona and Lamont counties, and the western portion of the County of Minburn. 

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For more information, media can contact:
Laura McNabb, Director, Communication Services, EIPS
780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902