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Volunteer drivers for seniors to be honoured in CAA contest

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CAA Manitoba is inviting nominations for its Driving Angels driver recognition program.

According to CAA Manitoba, "a Driving Angel is a volunteer driver who offers peace of mind to seniors by helping them get to medical appointments, shop for groceries or attend social functions."

All nominees will receive a personalized thank-you letter, a certificate of recognition and a pin.
Les McIntosh offers his time as a volunteer driver through Macdonald Services to Seniors, and has volunteered for about five years.

"It’s just something that I can do to help out," he said.

With no public transportation available to take local residents into Winnipeg, some Macdonald area seniors have to rely on family or friends to take them in for medical appointments, shopping or social events.

McIntosh, retired, says he has the time to offer, while family members are often working during weekdays.

He added that he’s not afraid of city driving and uses a GPS unit for directions to unfamiliar locations.

Headingley resident Barb Evans decided to offer her services as a volunteer driver about six months ago, following her retirement.

"I enjoy it. I don’t find it to be a difficult thing to do," she said.

Evans said her job had involved driving throughout Winnipeg and working with seniors, so she sees her current volunteer work with Headingley Seniors Services as being a good fit.

Any seniors within the RM of Macdonald who require a ride should contact Leanne at 204-735-3052. Seniors in the RM of Headingley should call Patti at 204-889-3132, and seniors in the RM of Cartier can call Lin at 204-353-2470.

For information on nominating a volunteer driver, visit the CAA website at www.caamanitoba.com or pick up a nomination form at a CAA service centre.

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