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1975

Group of people with disabilities banded together to form an organization called Parkland Action Group for the Physically Disabled. Purpose was to have a louder voice to bring attention to barriers and problems with accessibility in the City of Red Deer.

  1. No accessible transportation
  2. No curb cuts or sidewalks
  3. No ramps into public buildings

1976

The Action Group applied to the City for a Community Initiative Grant to start a transportation service called the Citizens Action Bus Service.

1977

January, the first Action Bus trip rolled out.

1978

The transportation service was deemed a success and the City agreed to fund the operation.

1980

Name was changed to the Red Deer Action Group and became a Registered Charity.

1981

The service grew every year and was taken over by the City of Red Deer Transit Department as of September 1, 2007.

2007

As of the takeover, the Action Bus fleet numbered 15 full time fully accessible handi-buses with 1750 registered users.

The Action Group has been the driving force behind many initiatives including the following:

  1. Handicapped parking stalls
  2. Curb cuts on sidewalks/intersections
  3. Elevators in public buildings
  4. Wheelchair ramps in swimming pools including hydrolifts
  5. Accessible playgrounds
  6. Accessibility awareness and initiatives

The following service clubs and agencies made generous contributions to support the Action Bus service between 1976 and 2007:

  • Loyal Order of the Moose – 1639
  • Elks Lodge #35
  • Red Deer Central Lions Club
  • Orange Men’s Lodge
  • Optimist Club of Red Deer 13115
  • Association of Community Travellers
  • Phillipine Canadian Association of Red Deer
  • Red Deer & District Community Foundation
  • Red Deer Oddfellows and Rebekah Lodges
2008

The Red Deer Action Group Board of Directors refocused and developed a new strategic plan. Out of this came the Subsidy Ride Program.

2009

Initially, the Subsidy Ride Program was designed to assist individuals in need of trips to hospitals and other medical facilities. However, in the fall of 2009, the Program was expanded to include travel for social and educational purposes as well as for medical trips.

2010

Our mission statement was changed to include “disadvantaged’ persons, officially broadening our focus to include low income individuals and families. Name was changed to Red Deer Action Group Society and registered under the Societies Act of the Province of Alberta.

2014

The Red Deer Action Group Society set up Donate-A-Ride modelled after Edmonton we also partner with the City of Red Deer Transit.





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