The Longview and area Seniors Association board members along with the Village of Longview held a ribbon cutting ceremony unveiling their new transportation bus for seniors on Nov. 2. The ceremony was held at the East Longview Hall.
The seniors’ transportation bus took years of fundraising and hard work by the many involved and they were able to speak inside the Community Hall before the ribbon-cutting ceremony to express how important this project is for the community.
Livingstone-Macleod MLA Roger Reid was also in attendance and spoke.
“When I’m in Edmonton and I talk to my urban colleagues, these are the types of stories that I like to share about the dedication, tenacity and generosity or rural Albertans,” said Reid.
“I like to tell those stories because it’s people that live in rural Alberta that will be the ones who will help get our province back on track and get us where we need to be.”
“Congratulations to the Board and to the Seniors Association and the community for your hard work. This is fantastic.”
The community, sponsors and supporters have all been extremely generous. The vehicle cost $108,000, but $174,000 was raised. Those extra funds will be used for various vehicle expenses like gas and paying drivers and should cover the bus costs for the first year.
Those who donated and made this project come to fruition included the Alberta’s Community Initiatives Program, the Calgary Foundation, Crescent Point Energy, Spray Lakes Sawmills, Foothills Salvage & Recycling Society, Little New York Daze, Sheep River Heath Trust, the Longview Village Market, the Foothills Lions Club, the Longview Music and Arts Association and the Village of Longview.
Longview’s population is at least half seniors, so this will go a long way for seniors who cannot transport themselves. The bus has two wheel-chair accessible ports.
The bus will transport seniors to nearby towns, sometimes to Calgary, and on trips like to Kananaskis. It will be used for many things like taking seniors to appointments, for shopping and much, much more.
The hope is to have the bus being used once a week at least.
The Bus can’t be used until approval from the province, which is expected to occur soon.