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Calgary Transit driver commended for push in the right direction

Good deed caught on camera goes viral

Cut: Dustin Paisley snapped this photo of Jerri Nizalik helping out a man in his wheelchair and posted it to Twitter.

Courtesy/ Dustin Paisley

Cut: Dustin Paisley snapped this photo of Jerri Nizalik helping out a man in his wheelchair and posted it to Twitter.

When Jerri Nizalik noticed a regular passenger stuck in a snowbank, his wheelchair wheels spinning, she took the two minutes out of her day to give him a push.

"I saw this guy from a distance and thought, gee he's not moving," said transit operator Nizalik. "He was in the snow, and I opened my door, I didn't care the light had just turned green, and I asked him if he needed a push."

The man agreed to her helping hand, she wheeled him over the first snow bank and made sure he made it over the next one.

"It was pretty innocent," she said. "I didn't think it was a big deal."

Little did she know she was being watched.

On his way home from work at Mount Royal University, Dustin Paisley snapped a photo and shared her good deed on Twitter.

"I watched this gentleman trying to get over a snowbank, he wasn't able to, and she got out of the bus and helped the gentleman across the street," Paisley said. "I thought it was awesome, it was a good deed and I love to give kudos to good deeds."

He added he hopes the driver gets props from Calgary Transit, too.

Soon after, Nizalik's friends started sharing the photo and it went wild on Facebook. Monday, she was commended by her supervisor for the good deed.

"It was kind of nice to get caught doing something good for a change, instead of something someone's always griping about," Nizalik said. "It was just something I would do normally, a lot of us do nice things every day and don't get noticed – I guess it's nice to be caught doing something nice."