The Westport Lions Club operates vans to take Westport and Elgin area residents to medical appointments.
Westport Lions Roar
By Lion Bob Reddick
The Westport Lions’ Medical Mobility Service (MMS) continues to be busy taking residents of the Elgin and Westport areas to doctors’ appointments. Both vans are in operation. The caravan transports clients who are mobile and the MV1 carries passengers who require a wheelchair.
If you wish to book transportation to a medical appointment, please call 613-273-5789 and leave a message at least one week before your appointment. This message should include your name, civic address, phone number, the date, time, location of your appointment and whether you have mobility requirements.
It is best to call as soon as you know the time and date of your appointment. The earlier you book, the better the chance we will be able to transport you.
In the event the club cannot fulfill a request, we will try to notify the client at least 48 hours in advance so they can make alternative arrangements.
Westport Lions Mobility Service is made possible through the generous donations of the Elgin Lions Club, our clients, the spring breakfast put on by The Cove, Tracy and Byran Colford, and memorial gifts. For information about donating to the mobility van, see our donation page on our website, westportlions.ca.
Not only is financial support required to keep the MMS operating. The program has a dedicated team of Lions and volunteers that keeps the service operating smoothly. Lion Harry Beckett is the busy dispatcher and a driver. The volunteer drivers include Wendy Briggs-Jude, Leonard Merkley, and Dennis Doyle. Lion drivers are Dorothy Maynard, David Blair, and Paul Thorp. Lately, the drivers would not be able to get out of the parking lot if it were not for our snow plowers Julie Anne Baird, David Blair, and Dale Lyons. Dwain Smith, Jim Scala, and Glenn Wilcox are on standby if needed.
The demand for our mobility van service has steadily increased over the years. If you are interested in being a volunteer driver, please call 613-273-5789 and leave a message or email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Westport Lions are saddened to learn about the passing of former Lion Bob Weir. Bob was club treasurer for many years and heavily involved with the Medical Mobility Service as a driver and part of the management team. Our sincere sympathy to Bob’s wife Barbara and daughter Karen.