By Sarah McGinnis
Members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) Local 52 at the University of Calgary have donated $90,000 to the Calgary HandiBus Association to purchase a new bus for the organization’s fleet of specialized vehicles for the disabled.
The new bus was unveiled on Wednesday, Jan. 30 on the south side of MacEwan Hall. At the same time, AUPE Local 52 launched their Stuff-A-Bus campaign for the Students’ Union Campus Food Bank.
“AUPE Local 52 takes great pride in giving back to the community, both here on campus and in the larger community of Calgary,” said Kevin Barry, AUPE Local 52 chair. “These are two very worthy endeavours and we’re more than happy to help out.”
“We are very pleased with this generous donation from the members of AUPE Local 52 at the University of Calgary,” said George Penny, general manager and CEO of Calgary HandiBus Association.
“This vehicle will be driving around Calgary for 10 years, carrying out approximately 48,000 passenger trips. On behalf of all of our customers I want to thank everyone involved,” said Penny.
AUPE represents more than 4,200 staff at the University of Calgary and nearly 9,000 workers in the education sector across Alberta.
The Calgary HandiBus Association is a non-profit organization serving 17,000 Calgarians registered with Access Calgary. It has a fleet of 115 vehicles that provides nearly 500,000 trips per year.
“As part of the University of Calgary’s Eyes High strategy, staff recognize that reaching out to the community and showing leadership are a critical part of making this vision come to fruition,” said Barry. “We are trying to do our part to reach the goal of becoming one of Canada's top five research universities as well.”