The Lacombe Connex has now added a new van into its fleet.
The service in Lacombe and area provides rides to seniors and others who are unable to access regular means of transportation in the community.
Dignitaries from the City of Lacombe, Lacombe County, Lacombe and District FCSS employees and board members, service club members and other special guests attended a ribbon cutting on Feb. 3rd to celebrate the new addition.
Connex is now home to three vans.The newest specialized vehicle features two wheelchair positions and three passenger positions.
Through the program, transportation is provided at a minimal cost for medical appointments, grocery shopping, banking and accessing resources in the community like education, employment services, childcare and other activities.
Lacombe and District FCSS Executive Director Susan MacDonald said the program would not be possible without the assistance of the City of Lacombe, which owns and maintains the fleet.
Other funders to the program include the Lacombe Kinsmen Club, the Lacombe Lions Club, Lacombe Daybreak Rotary Club, Lacombe Rotary Club and private individuals. Connex also receives annual funding from Lacombe County in support of the program.
MacDonald added Connex began as a volunteer led handivan service sometime in the 1980s. Starting out with one donated van, the program, now managed through Lacombe and District FCSS, has three vans, three employees and an expanding clientele.