CREST vol­un­teers ap­pre­ci­ated

Bus ser­vice pos­si­ble with 85 helpers

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Front page - Ran­dom Age-Friendly HEALTH CARE

Af­ter four and a half years in op­er­a­tion, the Ran­dom AgeFriendly Com­mu­ni­ties board, the gov­ern­ing body for Clarenville Re­gion Ex­tended Se­niors’ Trans­porta­tion (CREST) is amazed that they still have 85 ded­i­cated vol­un­teers run­ning this in­valu­able ser­vice for se­niors and those with mo­bil­ity is­sues.

To thank them for their tremen­dous com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion, the board held an ap­pre­ci­a­tion event at the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion in Clarenville on Nov. 2.

Clarenville Mayor Frazer Rus­sell thanked all the vol­un­teers on be­half of the town and the peo­ple who use the ser­vice. He said Clarenville is proud to have this unique ser­vice, the only one of its kind in the prov­ince.

Larry Reid, chair­per­son of the Ran­dom Age-Friendly Com­mu­ni­ties board, pro­vided an over­view of the CREST pro­ject which started its first run on July 14, 2014.

To date, ap­prox­i­mately 8,400 rid­ers have been served and 25 per cent of those rid­ers use mo­bil­ity de­vices.

CREST has ap­prox­i­mately 85 vol­un­teers who have given more than 46,720 vol­un­teer hours over the past four and a half years.

Reid thanked all the vol­un­teers and ended by say­ing that it is com­mend­able what they have given.

“Not enough can be said to thank you for all your time and ef­fort,” he said.

The vol­un­teers then broke into their re­spec­tive groups — driv­ers, as­sis­tants and book­ing for a dis­cus­sion on their du­ties.

The driv­ers ses­sion was led by Dennis Squires and Rod Ni­choll. Leo Bon­nell, vice-chair­per­son and chair­per­son for the as­sis­tants ran the as­sis­tants group. Pat Os­mond, book­ing chair­per­son, headed up the book­ing group.

Fol­low­ing the dis­cus­sions each group shared its find­ings with the whole group.

All groups felt the ses­sion was worth­while and in­for­ma­tive, sug­gest­ing it is im­por­tant to have ses­sions like this pe­ri­od­i­cally.

It pro­vides each group an op­por­tu­nity to share ideas with the other groups and of­fer any sug­ges­tions they might have for im­prove­ment on how they can all con­tinue to work to­gether ef­fi­ciently and ef­fec­tively.

To end the ses­sion and thank the vol­un­teers for their ef­forts, they were pre­sented with jack­ets bear­ing the CREST logo to wear proudly to pro­mote this ex­cel­lent ser­vice.

SUBMITTED PHOTO

Book­ing vol­un­teers dis­cuss du­ties and of­fer sug­ges­tions and rec­om­men­da­tions to CREST book­ing chair­per­son, Pat Os­mond.

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