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Winnipeg Transit driver rides off into sunset in vintage orange-and-yellow bus

A longtime Winnipeg bus driver is putting her career in park after nearly two decades behind the wheel — and she capped it off in vintage style on Friday, her last day on the job.

Donna Church-Glover had a 19-year career as a Winnipeg Transit driver. To send her off, Church-Glover’s colleagues brought out a vintage General Motors bus model from when she first hit the road in 1971, with the orange-and-yellow colouring familiar to many Winnipeggers from years past.

“This is what I started with, these old buses,” she said from inside the vehicle Friday.

“Some of them were like rockets.… In a snowstorm, oh, you’d just sit there and rock it back and forth. You’d get out of a big wad of snow there and it’s like, ‘Wow, this is great,'” she said.

“Now, you get stuck,” she said, chuckling.

A woman stands in front of a Winnipeg Transit bus.
Church-Glover stands in front of a 1971 General Motors bus on Portage Avenue Friday. (Prabhjot Singh Lotey/CBC)

Church-Glover’s family has Winnipeg Transit roots too. 

Her two brothers drove buses for the city and she met her husband while working for Transit as well. 

She was trying to keep her retirement quiet, but her colleagues came through with the vintage bus, Church-Glover said. She didn’t know until Thursday it would be making an appearance. 

A woman stands in the aisle of a bus.
Church-Glover’s husband and two brothers were also bus drivers with Winnipeg Transit. (Prabhjot Singh Lotey/CBC)

As she gets ready to drive off into the sunset, Church-Glover said she’ll miss the smiles of kids getting onto the bus, the roads and all the people she’s met along the way.

“I am going to miss the driving,” she said. “I love driving the bus. It’s the best feeling.”

Retiring Winnipeg Transit driver enjoys trip down memory lane on vintage bus

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Donna Church-Glover, a longtime Winnipeg bus driver, is putting her career in park after nearly two decades behind the wheel, and she got a classic sendoff Friday.

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