Seniors’ transportation gets a boost

Lake Country Co-op presented the Community Services Centre with a $4,134.05 cheque on September 6. The funds will be used for the seniors’ transportation program. Pictured, from left to right, is Valerie Berscheid, Sheila Goertzen, Eleanor George, Gloria Mahussier, Cara Stelmaschuk, Monica Bonneau and Gwen Fremont. (Peter Lozinski/Daily Herald)

Eleanor George doesn’t know where she would be without the senior’s transportation offered by the Community Services Centre.

The service, supported by the Two Miles for Mary fundraising campaign, provides door-to-door attendant transportation for seniors, five days a week.

“It’s a godsend,” George said.

“A quarter to nine in the morning I go to exercise. A quarter after ten, I go home. Then, I go to Mont St. Joseph to volunteer. I need a car then. I might need groceries some time in-between. The drivers are the most wonderful people. If I shop too much, they carry everything and put it in my house. Sometimes I share a box of chocolates with them, but they just never complain about helping out all us old guys.”

George is a passionate advocate for the service, and a former ‘Mary’, a title given to one senior each year that is passionate about the transportation service.

George, as well as current Mary Sheila Goertzen, was on hand Wednesday as the Co-op and three different credit unions presented a cheque for $4,134.05 to the Community Service Centre.

Cara Stelmaschuk of Lake Country Co-op said the money came from an annual barbecue. The Co-op, credit unions and the Cooperators provide volunteers, while the Children’s Choice Child Development Centres contributed volunteers for kids’ activities, such as face painting and bubbles.

This year’s event was the most successful ever. Kelsey Fetch performed and the fundraiser raised more than it ever has.

When the organizers were looking for somewhere to donate the proceeds, they discovered the Community Services Centre.

For more on this story, please see the September 8 print or e-edition of the Daily Herald.

This is a corrected story. Sheila Goertzen was misidentified as Gloria Mahussier. The Herald regrets the error and apologizes for any confusion it may have caused.