TTC Operator Joyce Williams accepts a special plaque from The Buddhist Centre of Toronto Mahavihara

July-August 2010

After months of searching, members of the Buddhist Centre of Toronto Mahavihara finally caught up to TTC Operator Joyce Williams. That’s because they wanted to personally thank her for saving their temple from a potentially devastating fire.

Last November, Williams was driving her bus along Kingston Road when she saw thick smokes and flames rising from the building. Her quick call to 9-1-1 got Toronto Fire Services out in time to quell the flames and avoid complete destruction of the centre.

“The Buddhist Centre of Toronto Mahavihara, together with the resident monks, wanted to express profound admiration, gratitude and felicitations to Ms Joyce Williams,” wrote the centre’s vice president Ben Senevirante.

Williams received a special plaque during a religious ceremony on June 26.

“It is always wonderful to hear that one of the TTC employees has gone above and beyond their job, or performed in a manner that is worth taking note of,” said TTC Chair Adam Giambrone.

It was determined that arson was the cause of the fire. It was the second arson attack on the temple within a year.