The Weyburn Care-A-Van Society got a top-off for their new vehicle purchase this morning thanks to a Community Fund Grant from the Weyburn Credit Union.
Myron Fletcher said this should take them over the top for their funding, and they had originally applied for the grant in 2021.
"The Credit Union still honoured it, which is just fabulous in my mind," he shared. "They said we could get the grant, but we had to prove that the vehicle was bought first. It's just a regulation that they have, and we bought the vehicle and came back, and they honoured it, so that's great."
"The other part of it is the Weyburn Group Home Society was looking for a vehicle because they didn't have one, and they're hard to find, so they approached us, and with a grant from the Credit Union, they were able to purchase the van for the Group Home. So Credit Union helped us two-fold. They supplied a grant for us to buy the van, a partial grant, and then they supplied a grant to the Group Home who bought our old van."
"We're excited and we're appreciative of the support that we get from the Weyburn community to do this."
Fletcher said they've already been seeing the van get put to good use.
"We've already put almost 1,500 kilometers on the van and we haven't had it two weeks, so it's real busy and hopefully it gets busier because that's what we want it for," he noted. "So where there's a public service, we don't make a profit, we just are trying to help the public."
This van, a 2022 Chrysler Grand Caravan STX with a BraunAbility commercial rear-entry manual folding ramp, can be driven by anyone with a valid driver's license.
A regular license is also all that is required to drive their bus.
"The bus that we have, that is driven by Sandra Montgomery, we need a part-time driver to help for when Sandra takes a day off for holidays, so we need a part-time driver to fill in on that," he noted. "They've got to do the criminal record check and driver's abstract and stuff because they are driving children."
Read more below in the related article link from the unveiling of the new vehicle on September 9th.
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