Arlene Lai

Arlene Lai

After speaking up for herself and others, St. Andrew’s Arlene Lai will be involved in training new Calgary Transit drivers.

     About ten days ago, Arlene wrote on Facebook about encountering a situation where a Calgary Transit Access driver referred to her as a ‘good girl’ and said that he was her friend. Arlene informed the driver that she was not a girl and that he was the driver, not her friend. She said she did not appreciate being treated as if she was a child. Arlene Lai has cerebral palsy.
Repeating to herself the Serenity Prayer, again and again, Arlene chose to telephone Calgary Transit about her experience and asked to be involved in drivers’ sensitivity training.
    It turns out that Calgary Transit’s training manager, Sean Breakspear, is a former driver for Handibus who knows Arlene. Breakspear got in contact with Arlene and asked her to be part of training new drivers.
Way to go, Arlene!
God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.