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Marteny: People In Motion program enhanced by refurbished bus
The Kelowna & District Society for People in Motion is dedicated to the inclusion and equality of seniors with disabilities throughout the City of Kelowna, The Okanagan Valley and for visitors from around the world.
The society’s volunteers, employees and directors assist and encourage seniors with physical and sensory disabilities and their families to participate in and contribute to their communities as much as they desire.
People in Motion is excited to announce that they have developed a new program that will help seniors who would rather not or are unable to drive to get “Out And About” through its newly licensed charter service.
The bus is a recently refurbished former HandyDART bus, which was purchased in 2010.
It is wheelchair lift equipped with four full sets of tie downs and spots to accommodate up to four wheelchairs at a time for a maximum total of 20 passengers.
The society now has the ability to serve the seniors of the community in style, comfort and most importantly with safety and accessibility in mind.
The Out And About programs and services consist of providing a qualified experienced driver who enjoys working with seniors with disabilities.
The transportation is to and from destinations and assistance on and off the lift equipped bus.
The program does not provide personal care or assistance while on tours.
Please ensure that the senior who requires personal assistance during the tour is accompanied with a qualified care aid or personal support person.
To launch the new program an exciting schedule has been created of wonderful day trips for November and December that are fun-filled, affordable and educational.
In November, the program will include day trips for Christmas Shopping and Craft Fair Tours.
Trips will be on every Thursday starting from Nov. 24 to Dec. 15 to pick up seniors from residential complexes and bring groups to Orchard Park Mall and Walmart for Christmas shopping.
The cost is $6 per round trip per person.
The latter part of November is the start of the Ski Season at Big White where the famous PowderHounds Adaptive Ski program operates.
Depending on road conditions and participation, People in Motion may be able to provide transportation to Big White for this program.
On Dec.10, there will be a trip to O’Keefe Ranch for a Victorian Christmas.
The O’Keefe Victorian Mansion will be open, decorated and full of music.
There will be Christmas carolers in the church and along the boardwalk, roasting chestnuts, a bonfire and sleigh rides.
Cost is $25 per person, which includes admission.
And of course, there is the Downtown Kelowna Christmas Lights Tour.
This will include hot chocolate and goodies for all.
The cost for the tour will be by donation.
Book now as these tours fill up quickly.
Payment is required at time of reservation by cash, cheque or through www.CanadaHelps.org.
If you have any suggestion for tours, please call 250-861-3302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sharen Marteny is a services consultant for seniors in Kelowna.