Mount Waddington's 

Volunteer Transportation Network (VTN)

About the VTN

The VTN provides door-to-door transportation for Mount Waddington residents who have challenges in accessing the public transit system. The VTN is funded by the Regional District of Mount Waddington, with support from the MWHN, and operated by PW Transit services. The drivers come from the region's many devoted volunteers. Drivers use their own vehicles, and we also have a bus for group transport and events!

 

The VTN facilitates services to smaller communities with limited or no transit service, and links clients to the transit network.

The program is predominantly meant to provide transportation to medical appointments, access to  social service agencies, grocery shopping, prescription pick up, and access to employment-related appointments among other things. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the drivers have transitioned to providing grocery deliveries and critical medications and other supplies to self-isolating clients.

Volunteer Transportation Network

The purpose of the VTN is to help enhance the quality of life and contribute to the whole health and greater independence for individuals and families as a part of the overall transit strategy for the North Island region.

The VTN Program is a transportation option that is integrated with the HandyDART Program and the regional conventional transit system.

VTN service is offered to eligible clients residing within the Regional District of Mount Waddington where there is no other alternative transportation option available.

VTN drivers use their personal vehicles to transport clients but if you are living with a mobility challenge, the VTN program now has a wheelchair accessible lift van available to eligible VTN clients.

Learn About Being a Volunteer Driver

The VTN program provides service to many North Island residents who do not drive or who are no longer physically able to drive. The VTN provides a door-to-door transportation service to and from a scheduled destination.

Becoming a volunteer driver provides an opportunity to give back to your community-

become a part of the solution!

How can you become a VTN driver?

• VTN drivers must complete the VTN driver application form.

• A current driver`s abstract must be submitted with the driver`s application form.

• A criminal record check will be required.

• Once the application, the driver`s abstract and criminal record check is submitted, drivers are required to attend a VTN drivers workshop.

Driver's Workshops

New VTN drivers are required to attend the driver’s workshop before transporting VTN clients.    

A representative from the local RCMP Detachment and the BC Ambulance Service each facilitate a portion of the workshop.

The workshop allows new VTN drivers an opportunity to discuss the issues of driver liability, insurance requirements and the Good Samaritan Act. The workshop also provides new drivers with basic first aid knowledge.

 

The workshop includes driver training and operation of the wheel chair accessible lift van which is dispatched for VTN clients living with mobility challenges.

The workshop includes a small amount of paperwork that you will be required to use to track and submit on the VTN client trip sheets.

During the workshop new drivers will receive a visibility vest, and a small survival kit which also includes a basic first aid kit.

VTN trip sheets are submitted to the VTN Coordinator at the end of every month, and driver reimbursements are made.

Client Information

We need all clients to understand the VTN is not a low cost taxi service for anyone to use at any time. We support our local private taxi providers and are not an alternative.

 

Clients must register before accessing the VTN Program.

 

To register for the VTN Program, contact the Mount Waddington Transit office at

250-956-3151.

VTN registration forms and volunteer driver application forms are available at the Mount Waddington Transit office, or click the link below to register online. 

Contact
Us

The VTN Program provides service in Port Hardy, Port

McNeill, Fort Rupert, Coal Harbour, Woss, Port Alice & Sointula.

 

We depend on volunteers in YOUR community!

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

phone: 250-956-3151

email: mwts@pwtransit.ca

 

#23-1705 Campbell Way

Port McNeill, B.C., VON 2R0

 

Trying to find our office? Our office door is in the backlane of the mall on Campbell Way.

MWHN

C/O RDMW

coordinator@mwhn.ca

 

Coordinator Cell:

1-250-902-9015

Office Telephone:

1-250-956-3163

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The Mount Waddington Health Network is supported by funding from Island Health, the Regional District of Mount Waddington, our communities, organizations, and many volunteers. Thank you to all who make this good work happen.