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HandyDART booking agent turns routine call into a heroic act

HandyDART booking agent turns routine call into a heroic act


I’m still away on holiday until Monday September 13! But I’m proud to present this story by Tyler Heshka from Coast Mountain Bus Company’s internal communications team, about a HandyDART staff person who went the extra mile.

The TransLink family always goes the extra mile for the customer, but sometimes our employees do very extraordinary things. If it wasn’t for the actions of a HandyDART booking agent last month, a customer calling to cancel her ride could have lost her life.

Nursing student Satveer Berar has been working as a booking agent for HandyDART for just over a year while completing her studies. On July 26, a woman called and wanted to cancel her HandyDART ride to a doctor’s appointment due to illness. Satveer immediately noticed the caller was having difficulty breathing, and asked her to describe her symptoms.

The caller said she was experiencing chest pains and shortness of breath, which made Satveer realize this was potentially more serious than the caller realized. Thinking quickly, she offered to call an ambulance on behalf of the caller who politely declined. However, after some reassurance, Satveer talked the caller into letting her call an ambulance to come check on her. She then hastily called the BC Paramedics with the caller’s address and symptoms.

Nine days later, the woman called HandyDART to express her sincere appreciation for Satveer’s assistance on the day she called to cancel her ride. She explained that by the time the ambulance arrived at her house, she had suffered a heart attack. She was hospitalized for over a week . If it wasn’t for Satveer’s heroic act, the customer wasn’t sure she’d still be here today.

The HandyDART call centre is located in Surrey and employs approximately 65 full-time and casual employees. On average, the call centre takes between 1700-1800 calls every day. One of HandyDART’s goals is to enhance the lives of the people they touch by helping them be independent. Satveer’s actions are just one example of how HandyDART employees improve the lives of their customers every single day.

Thanks for doing such an amazing job, Satveer — and thanks for sharing her story, Tyler!


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