May 18, 2016

KB Bus 2016
(Inaugural ride – off for ice cream!)

After 17 years, the old bus was retired and our new one was delivered so we can continue to offer outings such as leisurely drives, shopping trips, luncheons, and attending church services to Residents as well as Community Centre programs to Members and Volunteers. With a purchase price of $96,000, we needed help paying for this really important vehicle.

(Resident Council Vice Chair Dorothy Robertson with Recreation staff Karen Crook and Brian Winger)
(Resident Council Vice Chair Dorothy Robertson with Recreation staff Karen Crook and Brian Winger)

Our generous donors and volunteers raised over $60,000 since January 2015. The balance was paid from funds approved by KinVillage’s Board of Directors.  What a great example of a community working together to help achieve our goal of a newer, bigger, better bus!

HUGE thanks go out to our amazing Volunteers who “book-ended” our fundraising efforts with the annual Book Sale in January 2015 and 2016, netting over $20,000. This, combined with net proceeds from the Grand Lottery last summer, means that Volunteers lead our efforts by raising $26,500…almost half of the total!

We’re extremely grateful to each and every one of them, in addition to the following:

  • Delta Foundation – $10,000 Grant
  • Local Service Clubs – TOOB ($2,000), Lions Club ($2,000), Rotary Club of Tsawwassen ($1,500)
  • Coast Capital ($1,500) and Delta Dance ($1,500)
  • KinVillage Members, Residents and their Families, and Staff and Volunteers who, through their individual generosity, collectively contributed $11,000.

And so, on a warm and sunny May 13th afternoon, after toasting the new bus, a group representing Residents, Volunteers, Donors and Staff joined Volunteer driver, Vann, for the first “spin” around Tsawwassen, including a stop for ice cream treats.  The following day, a group that included residents from all four KinVillage Courts rode the bus on its first big adventure – to Horseshoe Bay.  The bus is definitely a hit and, with more seats and with triple the capacity to accommodate folks seated in wheelchairs, we look forward to welcoming many more passengers onboard in the weeks and years ahead.

KV Bus 2016 - back
(Delta Foundation Chair, Noel Philipott, and Director Eleanor Calderwood with KinVillage Board Vice-Chair Lisa Burt-Paxton, CEO Donna Ellis and Director of Recreation John Lusted)