VolunteerCancerDriversSociety

The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society was formed in early 2016 to fulfil an urgent need for cancer patients for free transportation to and from treatment.

Our Founders Garth Pinton, George Garrett and the late John MacInnes were passionate about the welfare of cancer patients and decided to form our new Society. With very little money we began operations on February 29, 2016. Word spread quickly and the demand for our essential service grew quickly. In 2017 we had grown to the point of having 130 registered volunteer drivers, seven dispatchers and a Board of Directors of 10 experienced people, headed by President Bob Smith. Our service is widespread. We cover from North and West Vancouver to the Tri-Cities, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows and Mission on the north side of the Fraser River and the south shore from Abbotsford through Langley, Surrey, White Rock and Delta.

In 2017 our volunteer drivers completed 6,281 return trips taking cancer patients from their homes to treatment and back home again. Drivers wait while patients are being treated. Sometimes that is two or three hours. Drivers logged 362,852 kilometres in 2017 and put in 16,799 hours.

All of our people: drivers, dispatchers and directors are volunteers. We have no paid employees. We do not have an office. Dispatchers work from their own homes. Drivers use their vehicles. 93% of all funds we raise are used to compensate drivers for gas and minor maintenance. Many drivers, women and men donate part of that back to our Society. Only 7% of our funds are for administrative expenses.

 

MISSION
We will provide free, safe timely and efficient transportation for patients to and from cancer-related treatment and doctors appointments throughout the Lower Mainland.

VISION
We are a Society of volunteers dedicated to meeting the transportation needs of cancer patients now and in the future.

VALUES
As dedicated Society Members, we value:

The opportunity to help cancer patients in their journey;
The generosity of our donors who make it all possible;
The time and commitment of fellow volunteers who keep our Mission alive;
The right to privacy for each of these stakeholders; And that together volunteers and donors can make a difference.

Media

Back in The Drivers Seat
Read Article | New West Record

VCDS Set to Resume Service
Read Article | Delta Optimist

Volunteer Driver-Harry Kroeker
Read Article | Langley Advance Times

Service To Resume
Watch Video | CTV News

Connecting with Patients
Read Article | North Shore News

No Rides for Tri-City Cancer Patients
Read Article | Tri-City News

Suspends Service Amid Pandemic
Read Article | Aldergrove Star

Leap Year Birthday
Read Article | North Delta Reporter

City Of Delta $5,000 Grant
Read Article | Delta Optimist

Compassionate Citizens Help
Read Article | Surrey Cares Org

In memory of Debbie Froese
Read Article | Aldergrove Star

Increase in Demand
Read Article | Tri-City News

Driver Helps Make Life Bearable 
Read Article-pg 17 | Langley Advance e-News
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Christmas Dream Fulfilled
Read Article | Delta Optimist

Courage of Cancer Patient
Read Article-pg 13 | Cloverdale Reporter
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Driver in retirement.
Read Article | Maple Ridge News

Raising money to cover costs
Video Interview | Langley Advance Times

Cloverdale’s Envision Financial
First West Foundation 
Read Article |Surrey Now Leader

Charity Car Washes...
Read Article | Langley Advance News

Students Bottle Drive Success
Interview | Surrey Now Leader

‘Intrepid reporter’ George Garrett reflects on CKNW’s 75-year history
Interview | Glowbal News

 George Garrett with Lynda Steele
Interview | CKNW

 Rising Costs; Increasing Demands
Read Article | The Province

An increasing need for more Punjabi and Hindi-speaking drivers
Read Article |
Surrey Now Leader

The John Daily Show
Listen | CKNW

Larry Coleman thoughtful interview.
Read Article | Tri-City News BC

Raising $8,000
Read Article | Surrey Now Leader

George Garrett with Simi Sara
Listen | Mornings with Simi