The University of Alberta has created a toolkit which can assist a community regarding assessing their medically at risk population and a communities transportation needs and limitations. Town Councillor Jim Litkowski recently attended a medically at-risk transportation workshop, and councillors Lorne Jackson and Doug Thornton plan to attend the same workshop later this month in Calgary. Councillor Thornton said members of Care Bears and Handi Bus may attend the upcoming workshop as well. Thornton said, "It fits hand in glove with what the transportation committee has started to look at." Using the information from the workshop a survey has been created to gather information for the transportation committee. Council agreed to have a survey of seniors in the Town of Pincher Creek to determine their transportation needs.
The tool kit presented at the workshop included information to help any community:
• Assess transportation needs and identify resources
• Identify key contacts
• Compile the information you've gained and share the results
• Hold an initial Community-Based Meeting
• Develop a 'Project Plan' for implementing alternate transportation for seniors service
• Develop a vision statement
• Develop a mission statement
• Develop specific objectives
• Develop a strategy
• Develop an action plan
• Choose a group/organizational structure for your initiative
Transportation needs were included in a study conducted by McElhanney Consulting in 2013 as part of a Regional Services Study. There is still approximately $27,000 of funds left in from the 2011 regional collaboration study. Any unused funds are to be returned to the Alberta Municipal Affairs after December 31, 2015.
There are 4 communities involved in the original regional partnership were the Municipality of the Crowsnest Pass, the Town of Pincher Creek, the Municipal District of Pincher Creek and the Village of Cowley. Each of the municipalities were to put to a vote whether they wanted to return the funds or use these remaining funds for a joint regional collaboration study. The results from all four councils should be known by Friday, November 13. If the municipalities agree to use the funds the information gathered will be shared with the consultant hired to move forward with the regional collaboration transportation plan.
The Toolkit is available at no charge from the Medically At-Risk Driver Centre at the University of Alberta.