Volunteer Driver Program Closure
On October 6, 2015, the Volunteer Driver Program offered in BC and Yukon will be closed.
Closing the Volunteer Driver Program was a difficult, but necessary, decision to make. The Society must maximize every donor dollar and with factors such as similar government-funded driving programs, decreasing volunteers and ridership as well as increasing operating costs showed, we had to make the difficult choice to close this program.
We understand this closure may cause some hardship or inconvenience for our clients. That’s why we are committed to making every effort to refer clients to other local transportation programs through our Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.
Please note that other transportation programs may be limited in geographical boundaries, hours, fee and other eligibility criteria. Information specialists can answer questions and provide referrals to resources in an individual’s community such as financial support, accommodation, support groups or connect you with someone who has had a similar cancer experience.
In some cases, clients may be eligible for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Travel Treatment Fund. Please contact a Cancer Information Specialist for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where can patients go now to get the transportation support they need?
A: There are a number of transportation programs offered throughout BC including the Freemason’s Cancer Car Program and a number of public and fee-for-service options.
For more information about transportation programs in BC, talk to our Cancer Information Specialists at 1 888 939-3333.
Q: Will the Freemason’s transportation program be cancelled as well?
A: No, the Freemason’s Cancer Car Program (FMCCP) will continue to operate on Vancouver Island, areas in Greater Vancouver, Prince George and the Southern Interior. Last year, the FMCCP provided more than twice the number of rides as our program servicing nearly three times the number of clients. To learn more about the program and where it operates, please visit the Freemason's Cancer Car Program website or download this map.
Q: What does this closure mean for other transportation programs at the Society?
A: Transportation needs vary between provinces and the decision to close BC and Yukon Division’s Volunteer Driver Program will not impact similar offerings in divisions like Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario or Newfoundland; the other Divisions will continue to operate transportation programs. Not all divisions offer a transportation program.
Q: Will the lodge shuttle at the Vancouver Island Lodge still operate?
A: Yes, the shuttle at the Vancouver Island Lodge will not be affected by this change.
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