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Richmond Volunteer Transportation Society fonds
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Richmond Volunteer Transportation Society fonds
Community Records
textual records
Physical Description:
10 cm of textual records; 1 seal
Fonds consists primarily of regular and annual meeting minutes of the Richmond Volunteer Transportation Society. Also included are records of the Society's incorporation under the British Columbia Societies Act and financial records, including budgets, financial reports and grant applications. Records are arranged in three series: 1. Administrative records; 2. Minutes; 3. Financial records.
History / Biographical:
The Richmond Volunteer Transportation Society was established by a small group of concerned citizens who identified a need for transportation services for seniors and disabled people trying to reach medical appointments and treatment centers, attend recreational activities, and do their shopping. Under the leadership of Bill Brock, the group operated initially as an outreach program from South Arm Community Centre. In 1977, the group was incorporated as a not-for-profit volunteer society under the British Columbia Societies Act. The Society’s stated objective was to provide transportation to senior citizens and disabled persons in Richmond where public transportation proved to be inadequate. The Society was operated by a Board of Directors, and service was provided mostly by volunteer drivers in their own vehicles. The Society worked closely with other volunteer organizations in Richmond including the Cancer Society, Richmond FISH and the Richmond Volunteer Centre, and was funded primarily by the Ministry of Human Resources, though it also received monies from the Municipality of Richmond, the United Church of Canada, and from client donations. In June 1978, the Society opened an office and employed a Coordinator/Dispatcher responsible for organizing transportation services. In 1980, the Society assumed responsibility for coordinating and promoting the use of three vans owned by the Municipality of Richmond and made available by the Department of Leisure Services. Also in 1980, operations were greatly expanded when the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) and the Urban Transit Authority (UTA) provided funds to expand custom transit services for the disabled as part of the HandyDART program. As a result, the Society began to employ paid drivers, acquired a larger office space, and hired additional administrative staff.
Richmond Volunteer Transportation Society
Richmond Volunteer Transportation Society
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