Smoky River FCSS issues challenge to community

Jean Moore-Lemoine
Community Development

The Smoky River Community Transportation is now in the 13th year of operating and is unique to the Smoky River region.

This program, administered by Smoky River FCSS, is funded through user fees and the generosity of our five municipalities – the M.D. of Smoky River No. 130, the Towns of Falher and McLennan as well as the Villages of Donnelly and Girouxville.

The program originated to provide access to doctors and specialists in the larger centres. It has evolved into a program that encourages social visits to family and friends for all residents in the Smoky River region.

Who can ride? Residents of the Smoky River region can all access the van for trips to Peace River and Grande Prairie as well as special trips to Grande Prairie, Valleyview or Slave Lake for entertainment, Winagami Park for a relaxing picnic or Saskatoon Island for a picnic or to pick Saskatoon berries.

The van is also utilized by the FCSS Summer Day camp youth for trips around the region as well as weekly trips for swimming in Winagami. In addition, the smaller van is used for hospital runs by persons unable to travel in a normal vehicle. The van can also be rented by individuals or families for wheelchair bound persons wanting to attend family functions.

It takes dollars to keep this program going!! And, our municipalities can only do so much! So, Diana Penner and her husband Andy from Manitoba, are donating $500 to the Smoky River Transportation Program and issuing a challenge to residents and businesses in the Smoky River region to donate!

Diana is a former driver for the program and knows firsthand how important this program is to people in the Smoky River region. She has driven people to doctor appointments, to visit at the hospital, to shop and socialize. She has also taken youth on trips to learn more about the region or to explore many venues in the Smoky River municipality.

Please help your community! Donate to the Smoky River Transportation program! Make your donation payable to the Town of Falher specifying the money is to go to the Smoky River Transportation Program. And remember, donations are tax deductible!

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