Transport adapté advisor upon his arrival in November 1987, and manager within the same department since 2007, Gérald Brûlé took his well-earned retirement last spring. But that doesn’t mean he’ll be twiddling his thumbs in the coming years, especially considering he is a former member of the Canadian wheelchair basketball team and has even scaled Kala Patthar, a mountain overlooking Mt. Everest.
Mr. Brûlé is pictured here in front of Transport adapté founders, brothers Jacques and Jean-Marc Forest.“When I started as an advisor, I was only familiar with the service as a user, nothing more. Jean-Marc was a friendly guy who welcomed me and shared his passion with me. Given that I’m a paratransit user, I have always said I would work for myself. And when I arrived in a wheelchair, the spokespersons for people with disabilities were happy to see they were well represented.”
“There’s no doubt Transport adapté has evolved enormously in 30 years. We used to write everything on paper, and today nearly everything is computerized, which enables us to make full use of everyone’s efforts.
Over time, new customers have started using the service, such as those with intellectual disabilities. The regular system is also becoming more accessible, which provides more freedom and autonomy to certain people with disabilities.” “It’s obvious that the Transport adapté team is losing a pioneer, but Gérald has always generously shared his knowledge with his co-workers,” says Mario Gagnon, Transport adapté director. “Like Gerald Brûlé, the members of Transport adapté are people passionate about their work, and they are the ones who allow us to grow and offer the best service possible,” he adds.