When the pandemic began in March, nearly everything shut down except that which was essential to our survival – food, medicine, some medical services and the industries that support those needs such as manufacturing, farming and trucking. We at Urban/Rural Rides, also stopped providing transportation until we had safety protocols in place then begin easing back into service by providing delivery of food and medicine. We are now, in addition to deliveries, transporting our clients again for medical purposes.
Volunteer driver service to continue in Albert County
By Kelly Taylor
While it seemed that the volunteer driver service provided by Tele-Drive in Albert County was going to disappear following a press release by the Board of Directors at the end of June, the service will continue. The Tele-Drive Board of Directors is working closely with Rural Rides and WA Transpo to ensure clients in the region continue to have access to affordable transportation. All existing clients and drivers have been contacted and advised to call 962-3073 to book future rides.
After six successful years, Tele-Drive is forced to discontinue its service. This impacts all our users of affordable transportation in Albert County, leaving 120 households without transportation to medical appointments, visits to food banks, shopping and other vital appointment needs.
Tele-Drive wants to express their disappointment, sadness and disbelief that the Province has drastically reduced their financial support to enable them to continue. In the Province’s effort to take over affordable transportation from Tele-Drive and another volunteer driver organization they failed to meet their financial promises for this transition, leaving Tele-Drive without the necessary funds to continue to provide reliable and sustainable service.