Dispatchers work from their homes where they are the friendly voices who take telephone bookings to and from patients, friends or relatives of patients requiring a safe dependable ride to cancer related appointments. They are responsible for ensuring the patients qualify for our service by collecting the relevant information in order to arrange the correct driver and vehicle for the patient trips.
Volunteer Dispatchers and Drivers
Jim has volunteered all his life, following both his parents who were active in the community. As a teenager he was on the board of a teen activities group and later as the North Okanagan representative for the Canadian Arthritis & Rheumatism Society. He’s been a volunteer firefighter, museum board member as well as on the United Way board. He was a director for the Western Canada Summer and the BC Summer & Seniors Games. In 1999 he was Abbotsford’s Volunteer of the Year, so it was a natural transition to the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society when they were looking for help in 2016.
Orrie has volunteered at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Terry Fox Run in New Westminster, and has been a dispatcher/driver for the Canadian Cancer Driver Program and Area Coordinator for the April Canadian Cancer Daffodil Campaigns and the March Kidney Campaigns. Orrie is currently the treasurer for the New Westminster Retired Teachers, treasurer for the BC Delta Kappa Gamma Women Educators’ Society, and is a board member of the Canadian Harambee Education Society. She enjoys playing the flute, dragon boating and resides in New Westminster.
Tina was born missing her right arm as well as part of her left hand, including three fingers on that hand. She has been dedicated to helping people who have cancer since 2002. Her volunteer work with cancer patients includes canvassing for the door to door campaign for the Canadian Cancer Society, volunteering with the volunteer driver program with the Canadian Cancer Society from June 2012 until it was discontinued October 2015. Currently, she is the dispatcher for North Vancouver and West Vancouver.
After graduating from UBC, Wendy taught in an inner city Vancouver school until she left to have her family. She established two successful businesses and is now enjoying retirement in White Rock, spending as much time as possible with her seven young grandchildren. She has volunteered at Canuck Place, Whistler Health Centre, The Provincial Task Force on Childcare and presently volunteers as a dispatcher and driver for VCDS
Originally from the UK, Mary has lived and worked in South Surrey for over 30 years. She enjoys spending her free time in retirement and volunteering with VCDS as both a driver and dispatcher.
Jacki came from England and settled in Canada over 25 years ago. She's fairly new to the Tri-Cities, but loves walking her 2 rescue dogs on the beautiful trails. She's an avid soccer fan, and enjoys attending games with her husband and 2 children. She enjoys both volunteer driving and dispatching when needed.
Madelaine was a medical secretary from Toronto where she worked at the Princess Margaret Cancer Hospital in Rehabilitation Medicine for 5-6 years. She moved here 42 years ago and worked at the Royal Columbian Hospital for a short while and then worked for her husband for 20 years in his hearing clinic. She volunteered for the Cancer Society Drivers Programme in White Rock in 1998 and dispatched for the next 14 years part-time. She enjoys talking to patients and drivers alike. She is a major gardener and a canasta addict which she plays at two local senior centres.
Sharon was born in Victoria, BC and in 1987 moved to Vancouver where she enjoys being a volunteer driver for 2.5 years. She worked in the clerical field at Riverview Hospital until it closed then went to BC Government Finance until she retired. Sharon has volunteered in various capacities most of her life. With RVH, in many areas of her church. She has a strong desire to help those who can’t help themselves. Especially chatting with the clients and building a rapport with them.
Laura immigrated as a teenager with her family from the Philippines. She has worked around the world as a Senior Purchaser at leading shipping companies in Scotland, Germany, England, USA and here in Vancouver. Laura was the top fundraiser for the Vancouver Cancer Society in 2005.
She enjoys playing golf, fishing, painting, baking, pasta making and cooking. Recently retired in Bowser, Vancouver Island with husband David.