Thank you so much to those who have generously donated to GERTIE. GERTIE has been very lucky to have so many kind friends and supporters.
The Gabriola Community Bus Foundation is a registered charity. We’ll be happy to issue you a tax receipt for your donation. Our business registration is: 817733132 RR0001.
We are pleased to accept donations for specific purposes, for the fleet renewal fund, or for other needs. Recent examples include:
- $800 to provide PHC rides
- $5000 to the fleet renewal fund
- $1000 for gravel for the parking lot for the buses
- $3000 to subsidize bus tickets for seniors
- a set of new tires for the Sprinter bus
Or how about becoming a FRIEND of GERTIE?
Interac transfer using firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make the question easy! (We’ll probably get it if ‘Gertie’ is the answer). You can also use Canada Helps.
Although drivers are now paid for the regularly scheduled runs, volunteer drivers help us to provide additional service in the summer and for special occasions.
Volunteers also assist in many other ways, including becoming directors, sitting on special committees, providing technical expertise and other functions. Please contact GERTIE at email@example.com to discuss how you could become a GERTIE volunteer.
GERTIE came into being in June of 2013, after a group of bus advocates spent six years trying to get approval for a BC Transit bus service for Gabriola Island. With the Regional District of Nanaimo’s support, the group decided to undertake a 3-year pilot project to ascertain feasibility of a permanent bus service on Gabriola. Using volunteers for driving and administration, waste vegetable oil from the island’s restaurants in the fuel tanks, capital funds from the RDN-administered Community Works Fund (federal gas tax money set aside for funding projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gases), and operating funds from donations made by many generous community members and organizations and a $10,000 ‘worthy community projects’ award from BC Hydro, the project has been a resounding success. For example, whereas we thought we’d be lucky getting an average of 5 riders/hr at this time, we’ve now had weeks with over 7 riders/hr, and response from riders has been overwhelmingly positive. “A bus on Gabriola is something I’ve dreamed of for the 23 years I’ve lived here – thanks Gertie organizers!!!” is a typical comment. Initially, the bus was run by a non-hierarchical team of volunteers, a part-time coordinator and volunteer drivers. On February 13, 2016, 66.9% of ratepayers approved tax support for Gertie, the community-run public bus through a referendum. The approved budget for June-December 2016 and 2017-2018 provides service at current levels with paid drivers. GERTIE is run by the Gabriola Community Bus Foundation.