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On Wednesday, 24th January 2018 CDC Victoria launched a brand new Community Engagement (CE) initiative - ‘A day in the life of a bus driver’ in partnership with PTV’s ‘Bring your kids to work day’.

17 kids ranging in age from eight to 13, two parents and four staff who run PTV’s ‘Bring your kids to work day’ initiative participated in this new event.

Our CE Manager, Michelle McKersey who tailor-made the event with advice from our Safety Manager, Depot Manager and Workshop team, expressed how this inaugural event really paved the way for a brand new direction in Community Engagement for CDC Victoria.

“The new initiative gives us the flexibility to tailor the day for our participants so that various roles at CDC Victoria can be explored in depth,” said Michelle.

“CDC Victoria is proud and thankful to have been given this opportunity to collaborate with PTV as part of their staff initiative. The event spearheads a new direction for CDC’s Community Engagement Initiatives while opening the door for more collaborative efforts in the future,” she added”

The day involved a bus pick up from PTV in Docklands, a brief introduction from driver, Tony Meek about his role as a driver and a scenic journey to CDC Oakleigh Depot. At Oakleigh, the kids, two parents and accompanying PTV staff were treated to a drive through the bus wash, guided tour into the workshop, an informative look at bus engines and parts, a visit to the driver’s room and relaxation area.

“The highlight of the day was “… going underneath the bus,” said Nicola Hayes, PTV Learning and Organisational Development Consultant.

“Thank you for creating such a fun and informative session, I know that many of the kids had a great time and loved the session,” added Nicola.

The kids were also given the opportunity to interact with our drivers and staff – to better understand what it takes to be a CDC driver and staff.

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