If you found out that someone you love only had a few months to live, you would probably move heaven and earth to be with him. Unfortunately, in the complex era of the coronavirus, heaven and earth are often caught in a sea of red tape.
Bus driver Aaron Wylie lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her mother, Sandra, who has liver disease, lives with her father a four hour drive in Saint John, New Brunswick. He hasn’t seen them since Christmas 2019.
Devastated when he learned that Sandra’s prognosis was terminal, all Wylie wanted to do was find a way to see her while there was still time, but with pandemic travel restrictions and mandatory quarantine coupled with budget constraints and lack of free time. It seemed that the visit could be practically impossible.
Then he had an idea.
Wylie, who drives a bus for Halifax Transit in Nova Scotia, has a Class 1 license, which allows him to drive a truck. Since truck drivers are classified as essential workers, he figured if he could land a gig by delivering a payload to New Brunswick, he could make the trip happen after all.
Hoping for a miracle, he placed an ad on the popular Canadian classifieds website, Kijiji.
“I know this is a bit of a strange application, but I am looking for a class 1 position,” he wrote. “I have Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays free; I work full time at Halifax Transit. I am looking for a route that goes from Halifax to Saint John … I am willing to drive for free! “
He went on to explain the details of his mother’s diagnosis and said he needed to find a way to cross the border, both legally and as soon as possible.
Wylie admits she wasn’t expecting much comment on her post, but almost immediately, truck jobs, financial aid, and even someone willing to test her mother as a living liver donor began pouring in.
The request garnered more than 5,000 shares on Facebook, and the response was so overwhelming that Wylie had to turn off her phone and delete Kijiji’s post.
Wylie has since accepted an offer to transport cars from Halifax to Saint John, but has not yet received authorization to travel. In the meantime, she is getting vaccinated and plans to get tested for COVID-19 before and after making the trip.
Canadian sanitary restrictions are currently changing. Rules and restrictions change from day to day, hour to hour. Even as Wylie eagerly awaits the go-ahead, he is humbled by the sheer amount of encouragement he has received from strangers thus far.
“It has been an overwhelming and emotional response,” Wylie said in an interview with CBC News. “I was impressed. These are people I don’t even know.”
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