Edner Lamour takes pride in remembering the names of all his passengers.
And that’s saying a lot considering that he’s transported hundreds of students on his school bus over his 20-plus years driving teenagers to and from Union Catholic.
“All the students who get on my bus each day are like family to me,’’ said Lamour. “I get to know their names and I never forget them.’’
Lamour even remembers where they all sat, including one very famous student.
“Right there in that seat right there was where Fabiana sat,’’ Lamour said as he pointed to the first seat on the left as you board the bus.
He was referring to Fabiana Pierre-Louis, who graduated from UC in 1998 and last year became the first
black female Supreme Court Justice ever in New Jersey.
“Fabiana was always studying and doing school work on the bus,’’ said Lamour. “I’m not surprised by her success. When I saw her on TV, I was so proud to tell people that she rode on my bus.’’
Chantal Aubly is also a fixture in the UC Community.
When Aubly pulls up to 1600 Martine Avenue each school day, she swings open the doors to her bus and flashes a big smile as she greets UC students as they begin their journey home.
Aubly has been driving a bus back and forth to UC for 30 years.
“I just love the kids and the teachers at Union Catholic, and the whole community,’’ said Aubly. “Driving the students to and from school is something I look forward to every day.’’
Lamour and Aubly and all the other school bus drivers who safely deliver students to Union Catholic were recognized for their dedication and commitment when Dr. Edward Sagendorf, UC’s Director of Transportation, handed them all a gift bag on Bus Driver Appreciation Day on Thursday.
"Our bus drivers are valuable members of our community and it is crucial we recognize all that they do for our students,’’ said Dr. Sagendorf. “They are often the first face to greet our students in the morning. They work tirelessly to ensure our students arrive to school on time, and make it home safely in the afternoon.
They are the unsung heroes who help make UC the place to be.’’
Dr. Sagendorf said Lamour and Aubly are prime examples of the strong bond that ties the Union Catholic community together.
“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to build long lasting relationships with our drivers,’’ said Dr. Sagendorf. “Edner and Chantal have worked with UC students for over 20 years. Their dedication to our students and love of driving is inspirational.’’