Volunteer drivers step up for cancer patients, but more help needed

The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society says it will likely reach its goal of signing up 100 new drivers in 100 days. But as Janet Brown reports, the group needs even more volunteer drivers to sign up, with demand growing faster than anticipated. – Global News Continue to video please click here Explore more articles

Easter Seals House Tour

The Lions Club members along with VCDS drivers in the Vancouver West zone were invited to tour the Easter Seals House in Vancouver on Oak Street. VCDS dispatcher and Lions Club member, Steve Scott along with driver Way Tsang are shown with VCDS President Bob Smith, Lisa Beck – Easter Seals President/CEO and Mike Leland […]

100 Drivers – 100 Days

100 Drivers 100 Days

“With the growth of our program, we simply need more volunteers. If we could get ‘100 drivers in the next 100 days’, we’d be in much better shape” Bob Smith – President Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society Surrey, B.C. (March 27, 2023): Since starting with just a handful of drivers in 2016, the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society […]

Director External Communications
VCDS Media Spokesperson

Gord Locke

Gord Locke Gord is a Senior Consultant with a broad and diverse background in business and IT consulting. He has held executive and managerial positions in global and local corporations. Gord has worked with public and private sector clients to develop and implement strategies and solutions that deliver business value and position the organization to […]

Director Driver Operations

Ken Askew

Ken Askew Ken joined VCDS as a driver in the Tri-Cities region in 2019. In 2021 he assumed responsibility for the management of VCDS’s license plate registration process and became the VCDS Registrar soon after. In April of 2022 Ken joined the Board where he accepted the role of Director Driver Operations. His collaborative approach […]

Secretary / Director Dispatch Services

Mac Petrie

Mac Petrie Mac’s involvement with VCDS started in 2019 as a volunteer driver in Langley. He went on to become a relief dispatcher for the Tri- Cities area and then shifted his volunteer efforts over to helping with grant applications. When the decision was made by VCDS in 2020 to acquire a Donor Management System […]


Tom Akam

Tom Akam, CPA, CA Tom Akam joined the VCDS as part of its Board of Directors in 2017. Tom has played an important role in managing all aspects of the society’s financials. He works closely with the Board of Directors to safeguard the organization’s finances, ensuring a long future for the society. Learn more about […]

Executive Vice President

George McAffer George McAffer works with VCDS President, Bob Smith, in drafting strategic initiatives as the society’s Executive Vice President. George leads the fundraising and grant application activities which have played a large role in the financial successes of the organization. As an early member of the VCDS executive team, George was instrumental in developing […]


Bob Smith

RJ (Bob) Smith, BCom., MBA, FCCHL Bob Smith began driving for the VCDS in 2017, after being attracted to the charity by a news segment featuring its services. He was immediately impressed by the patients he drove and wanted to continue being a helping hand at a difficult time in their lives. 2017 was a […]

Nancy Sutcliff

Nancy Sutcliff Nancy Sutcliffe of North Vancouver was shocked when she was diagnosed with cancer in April 2018. Her first trip from the North Shore to the cancer clinic at Vancouver Cancer Centre was by taxi – at $85 each way. She said from then on she was taken by Volunteer Cancer drivers. She said, […]