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Dear supporters and friends of the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society, 

My name is Andréa and this is my story. On December 2nd 2018, I received the kind of news that one dreads: Stage IV cancer. I was given just days to live. Shock, disbelief and fear swirled through my mind. I will never forget the trauma l experienced during those early days. My life (and that of my family's) was irrevocably changed. 

It has been almost three years since that fateful day. I am incredibly thankful that I am still here, alive and living a full and meaningful life. My cancer treatment has been ongoing, with chemotherapy, radiation, and more medical appointments than I can count. This is the reality for those of us living with cancer: our lives revolve around our treatments and medical tests. While we are extremely grateful for the healthcare available to us, it is often a challenge to make our way to our many appointments. 

During one particularly difficult course of chemotherapy I learned about the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society (VCDS). I knew I could not always rely on friends or family to drive me and I was often in no fit state to drive myself. I decided to try the free services of the VCDS. I will always remember my first volunteer driver, Jim. He was professional, kind, courteous, and understanding. I was in excellent hands getting to and from my treatments. I continued to avail myself of the VCDS for several months until my energy improved, and in that time, I learned how essential this service is for our communities. So many cancer patients have no support system or the means of getting to their medical appointments. 

My cancer journey is ongoing, but my positive experience with the VCDS led me to join their Board. That way, I can give of my time and energy to a cause that changes lives for the better.

As we usher in the holiday season at the end of yet another unusual COVID-year, I want to acknowledge the outstanding support we receive every month from many of our volunteers: the caring comforting time they share and their many donations. And today I want to ask that you continue to sustain the VCDS with a donation or legacy gift. Your support is deeply appreciated by all of us in the VCDS family - the Board of Directors, our dedicated volunteers and most importantly the many cancer patients we serve. 

Sincerely,

Andréa - Cancer Patient and VCDS Director


Corporate Giving

Corporate giving is the act of a corporation contributing to a non-profit organization like the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society through donations, sponsorship, gifts in-kind, and much more.

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Legacy Giving

When adding charitable giving to your estate plan you are leaving behind a gift to benefit your community and the families in it. When you choose the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society as part of your Will, you choose to support and carry on with the things you love — your family, friends and the causes that are meaningful to you.

Download Legacy Brochure for further information or here on our website

 Donate Shares - Make a Securities Donation

A donation of stocks, bonds or mutual funds is a powerful way to help many Lower Mainland cancer patients get to their essential treatment while providing you with a charitable tax credit and a means to reduce your tax burden by eliminating the capital gains on the donated securities.

Please contact George McAffer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Contribute Monthly

A monthly donation is a wonderful option to spread out a larger donation over monthly payments. Its easy to do through our website and at the end of the year you will receive a consolidated tax receipt. You are in control by controlling the start and end date. Click on the Donate Today button.

Single Contribution

Making a one-time donation helps cover costs of driving cancer patients to and from their treatments. Click on the Donate Today button.

Mail in a Donation

Please make cheques out to “Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society” and mail to;
Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society PO Box 45618 Sunnyside Mall Surrey, BC. V4A 9N3

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Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society to expand, seeks volunteers

Organization looks to double volunteer base as demand increases

The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society is looking to double its volunteer base as the organization expands to more cities in the Lower Mainland.

In addition to most municipalities in the region, the society recently added coverage in Burnaby, New Westminster, Chilliwack and Richmond. This fall, they are expected to bring operations to Vancouver.

VCDS president Bob Smith told Peace Arch News this week that the expansion is due to other similar services discontinuing in the region. In fact, the society first got its start after the Canadian Cancer Society seized its cancer patient driving program in 2016.

Read the Full Article online at Maple Ridge News

Left: Kelly Velonis. Right: George McAffer. Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Chilliwack Progress - Jennifer Feinberg photo

The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society is pleased to be hitting the roads of Chilliwack starting July 19th to provide transportation for cancer patients in need to their essential treatments. We will start accepting ride bookings on July 12th. It's a wonderful story of collaboration which started by longtime resident of Chilliwack and advocate for healthier lives for seniors in her community, Kelly Velonis Executive Director of the Chilliwack and District Seniors’ Society.

The VCDS was approached by Kelly in the Spring asking us to extend our volunteer driving organization for Chilliwack cancer patients. Right now our service is expanding to Richmond then Vancouver, we knew Chilliwack should become part of that plan.

Kelly was instrumental in getting the word out and helping recruit new volunteer drivers through her many channels and connections in the community. On behalf of the Board of Directors and all of the volunteer dispatchers and drivers – Thank you Kelly.

Join our Community of Volunteers today.

www.volunteercancerdrivers.ca/volunteer/become-champions-of-your-community

Read the Chilliwack Progress article here

We are very grateful to report that the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation (PAHF) has again provided the VCDS with a very significant grant to transport White Rock and South Surrey cancer patients to their essential treatment appointments. Through their Healthy Community Grants program the PAHF has generously supported our patients annually since 2017. With this grant our drivers and dispatchers are able to ease the physical, emotional and financial burden for cancer patients and their families during one of the most challenging periods in a person’s life.

George McAffer, a board member and long- time volunteer driver says that “having assured transportation with an empathetic and caring driver during their debilitating treatment is a major comfort to patients while coping with this life-threatening disease.”

The VCDS is very fortunate to have the support of community minded organizations like the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation.

Volunteer driver Harry brings a little fun to little ones and their parents. His contribution to his community is as exceptional as the children he drives to treatment. Harry says...

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The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society has been incredibly lucky to have Laura as one of our amazing volunteers. Laura has such a fabulous attitude. She has this go-getter energy that's hard to match. She has been very busy sewing over 200 masks for our drivers on top of filling in where ever needed as a relief dispatcher, matching drivers to patients in the New Westminster and Burnaby region.

George Garrett’s passionate vision of helping others is a role model to which all community volunteers aspire. The Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society and the many cancer patients served applaud his selection as Volunteer Leader of the year. An honour truly deserved. Bob Smith - VCDS President

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Media

Driver Recruitment;
Maple Ridge News
Read Article | Maple Ridge News

Driver Recruitment;
Chilliwack
Read Article | Chilliwack Progress

George Garrett Retires;
setting VCDS up for the Future
Read Article | Peace Arch News

George Garrett Retires
Read Article | Cloverdale Reporter

Co-Founder George Garrett Retires
Read Article | Delta Optimist

Back in The Drivers Seat
Read Article | Delta Optimist

VCDS Set to Resume Service
Read Article | Delta Optimist

Volunteer Driver-Harry Kroeker
Read Article | Langley Advance Times

Service To Resume
Watch Video | CTV News

Connecting with Patients
Read Article | North Shore News

No Rides for Tri-City Cancer Patients
Read Article | Tri-City News

Suspends Service Amid Pandemic
Read Article | Aldergrove Star

Leap Year Birthday
Read Article | North Delta Reporter

City Of Delta $5,000 Grant
Read Article | Delta Optimist

Compassionate Citizens Help
Read Article | Surrey Cares Org

In memory of Debbie Froese
Read Article | Aldergrove Star

Increase in Demand
Read Article | Tri-City News

Driver Helps Make Life Bearable 
Read Article-pg 17 | Langley Advance e-News
Read PDF Version | PDF

Christmas Dream Fulfilled
Read Article | Delta Optimist

Courage of Cancer Patient
Read Article-pg 13 | Cloverdale Reporter
Read PDF Version | PDF

Driver in retirement.
Read Article | Maple Ridge News

Raising money to cover costs
Video Interview | Langley Advance Times

Cloverdale’s Envision Financial
First West Foundation 
Read Article |Surrey Now Leader

Charity Car Washes...
Read Article | Langley Advance News

Students Bottle Drive Success
Interview | Surrey Now Leader

‘Intrepid reporter’ George Garrett reflects on CKNW’s 75-year history
Interview | Glowbal News

 George Garrett with Lynda Steele
Interview | CKNW

 Rising Costs; Increasing Demands
Read Article | The Province

An increasing need for more Punjabi and Hindi-speaking drivers
Read Article |
Surrey Now Leader

The John Daily Show
Listen | CKNW

Larry Coleman thoughtful interview.
Read Article | Tri-City News BC

Raising $8,000
Read Article | Surrey Now Leader

George Garrett with Simi Sara
Listen | Mornings with Simi