The Board of Directors and Volunteers of the VCDS are thrilled that the New Westminster Fire Fighters Charitable Society continues to show their appreciation and recognition of the service we provide to cancer patients in their community.

We would like to thank these hard-working men and women for their service. Their Charitable Society's purpose is helping those in their community in need. Comprised of active first responders, they actively participate and volunteer in the community to raise money and promote fire awareness and safety.

The Royal City received coverage from another organization but would not take patients across the Fraser River. When our Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society began operations in 2016, we recognized the needs of New Westminster patients who had to receive treatment at the cancer centres in Surrey and Abbotsford.

In 2019 VCDS provided 1710 patient rides to New Westminster residents. Our drivers donated over 1500 hours of volunteer time and drove over 26,000 kilometres.

78-year-old cancer patient Bob Peace, who lives at Westminster Quay, said he took a taxi to treatment at the Surrey Cancer Centre three times while our service was suspended. Each return trip cost him $50. He is happy to have our friendly volunteer drivers back in service.



Photos:
Members:  Jeff Hutton, Glen Bailey, Keven Stockbreuger, George Garrett - VCDS Vice President, VCDS New Westminster driver Rick Janssen (middle), patient Bob Peace, Trevor Lakey & Jason Lange

Media

Back in The Drivers Seat
Read Article | New West Record

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
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Christmas Dream Fulfilled
Read Article | Delta Optimist

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