The Fraser Valley Transportation Cooperative (DBA The Bus Co-op) was incorporated on April 4, 2014 under the BC Cooperative Associations Act with three Langley seniors’ organizations as the founding members. There are plans to grow to twelve members within the first two years, but these are the founders, the pioneers.
The founding members are passionate about community connections. Cooperative transportation helps realize that passion.
The Langley Senior Resources Society is an independent, not for profit, charitable organization that has been providing health, recreational and food services to seniors and adults of all abilities since 1982. Highly-respected and innovative, LSRS has been providing seniors’ transportation services with a robust volunteer driver program. In 2013, following the closure of a grocery store that left many seniors unable to walk to grocery shopping, they began a limited program providing bus transportation for shopping trips. When the opportunity arose to help develop The Bus Co-op they played a key role.
Langley Lodge is operated by Langley Care Society, founded in 1974 to provide care for seniors who require 24 hour nursing care. Residential care services (previously referred to as Long-term care or Nursing Home Care) are for adults who can no longer live safely or independently at home because of their complex health care needs. Langley Lodge offers a total of 137 spaces. Community inclusion and connectedness are core values of the society, along with excellence in service and innovation. With an aging bus at the end of it’s life-cycle, they were looking for a cost-effective way to continue to provide transportation to recreation for their residents.
Magnolia Gardens is a fully serviced seniors’ community with a team of individuals dedicated to being the leader in creating supportive, safe, home-like settings, which enable residents to lead quality lives. As part of Bria Communities by Century Group, they offer a full range of recreational programming that help keep residents engaged and active in the community. Recognizing the value of connection and collaboration with other agencies and organizations, Magnolia Gardens sees that sharing buses which sit parked and unused much of the time is good for the community, and for the organization joining The Bus Co-op.