Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Community Spirit Program

Alberta's Community Spirit Program has been announced...

Or rather the initial discussions are about to take place..

(Can't get anymore tentative than that)

Saturday, March 24, 2007

New policy: Alberta's Parking Placards for Persons with Disabilities

Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation : pol291.htm:
(go to this website for further information and forms)

"Alberta's Parking Placards for Persons with Disabilities "

Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation and Alberta Government Services worked, in consultation with stakeholders, to develop the new parking placards policy effective November 1, 2001. This policy was updated with a small number of revisions implemented January 16, 2007. The revisions included allowing placard holders who have permanent disabilities to renew their placards through self-declaration, designating for-profit organizations in the business of providing transportation services to persons with disabilities eligible to receive parking placards, and placing a six-month time limit for submission of approved application forms to registry agents.

The parking placards policy's fundamental principle is the right of all people to have access to the community. For some individuals designated parking is the only way to gain this access.

The policy is intended to ensure individuals having the greatest needs can find the parking stalls they require.

Please note that ALL physicians, occupational therapists and physiotherapists MUST use the new application form as of January 16, 2007. Old application forms approved after January 15, 2007 may not be accepted by Registry Agents.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

letter to Cochrane Times, Cochrane, AB

Cochrane Times, Cochrane, AB:
"Handy helpers help handibus

Rocky View Regional Handibus picks up special needs students in the Beaupre region for programs in Calgary.

During the snowfall of March 13, our handibus became stuck on the side of the forestry trunk road just after turning northbound from Highway 1A.

Two gentlemen their way to Waiparous got out and pushed our driver out of her predicament.

Then with the assistance of a third bystander, they pushed her out again when she became stuck on the other side of the road.

We greatly appreciate the assistance of these gentlemen who faced snow, wind and gravel sprayed from the passing snowplow to lending us a hand. Thank-you for all your help."

Wednesday, March 21, 2007


It's AGM time. Time to answer the auditor's questions and write the Annual report.

We decided to re-cycle a paragraph from the 2005 report describing a collaboration with the Cochrane Handibus.

"We'd like to recount one of our favorite collaboration stories. In June 2005, Cochrane's bus was unable to help a lady attend the high school convocation of her two daughters at the Calgary Convention Centre. The passenger required a wheelchair as a result of her long battle with cancer. A phone call from Cochrane Handibus, a little scheduling manipulation and some fortunate timing and we were able to get mom to the ceremony and home again. We were saddened to hear that she succumbed to cancer a few days after seeing her twin daughters receive their diplomas."

Tuesday, March 13, 2007