Monday, March 07, 2011

Hardisty's new handivan up and running

Hardisty's new handivan up and running:

"The 2011 Handivan has been delivered, insurance and safety tickets are in place and drivers have had orientation. The Hardisty and District Handivan Society has spent the last 10 years planning and fundraising for the $80,000 vehicle. A bid has been accepted for the 1996 Ford Para Transit Bus.

A handivan garage to store the vehicle was added to the town's firehall recently, financed by the Society, with an added contribution to the town for pavement. At the Annual General meeting on February 24, directors were nominated for the upcoming two year term: June Crone, Jim Bronson, Diane Fossum, Betty Kells, Anita Miller, Elna Botha, Virgina Weatherly and Wilf Buelow. The executive remains in place for one more year: President Ralph Manning, Vice-President John Pioker, Secretary Noreen Hill and Treasurer Belva Dosdall. The Society is in excellent financial shape, due in part to many volunteer hours, including the drivers.

There are also significant donations from the community and funding from the Community Spirit program which matches donations and other fundraising projects. Handivan programs in other communities are sometimes not as fortunate. According to a recent article in The Provost News, their "community service is in danger of closing down", even though "the group received $6,500 from the M.D. 52 (of Provost) and $6,000 from the Town of Provost in recent years. ( more at the original article