For approximately 30 years, a seniors’ (over 50-years-of-age) bus has been picking up isolated and handicapped members and transporting them to events enabling them to meet and socialize with other people.
Donations from members, community clubs and generous people in the community have helped them to keep the bus running.
We take members to Victoria and destinations up-Island. Every Friday the bus goes into a shopping centre for shopping and lunch. Tuesday and Thursday is bingo and lunch at the Seniors’ Drop-in Centre, which is now located at the Sooke Community Hall on Eustace Road. Special trips are advertised in the local paper under “Coming Events.” The last Sunday of the month is “Supper Night Out” at different restaurants. The bus also transports residents of Ayre Manor Lodge on day trips.
Presently they have only one driver, who helps with organizing trips, etc. Reg is great and much appreciated, but would like a relief driver when he is not available.
Most of the society’s executives have been on the board for a long time and need help with new ideas for trips, etc. We need more members to join the board and use the bus for outings. It is an 18-passenger bus and is wheelchair accessible. The cost of running the bus and maintaining necessary repairs is not covered by some trips. If ridership does not increase, it will not be feasible for us to keep the bus running.
For further information please call Iris Wilson at 250-642-6209 or Kay Forde at 250-642-4662.