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Facts / Milestones in Our History

Year

Facts & Milestones

Mar 1985

Friends of the Disabled (Renfrew) Inc. launched a para-transit service for the disabled.  The service is called Sunshine Coach.  The service started with a 1985 Ford Van supplied by the Variety Club. During the first 10 months of service 2,265 trips were made.

Total Life-time Trips: 2,265

1986

2,798 Trips - 1 Full-Time driver

Total Life-time Trips: 5,063

1987

2,945 Trips - 2 Full-Time drivers

Total Life-time Trips: 8,008

1988

3,764 Trips - 2 Full-Time Drivers

Total Life-time Trips: 11,772

1989

5,946 Trips - 2 Full-Time Drivers - 1989 Dodge Van purchased

Total Life-time Trips: 17,718

1990

5,970 Trips - 3 Full-Time Drivers

Total Life-time Trips: 23,688

1991

7,763 Trips - 3 Full-Time Drivers

Total Life-time 31,451

1992

9,222 Trips - 3 Full-Time Drivers

Total Life-time Trips: 40,673

1993

10,845 Trips - 3 Full-Time Drivers - 1993 Dodge Van purchased

Total Life-time Trips: 51,518

1994

12,204 Trips - 3 Full-Time Drivers - 1994 Dodge Van purchased, 1989 Dodge Van sold

Total Life-time Trips: 63,772

1995

13,452 Trips - 3 Full-Time Drivers - 1994 Ford Van purchased, the Variety Club van was sold and the money sent to the Variety Club

Total Life-time Trips: 77,174

1996

13,072 Trips - 3 Full-Time Drivers

Total Life-time Trips: 90,246

1997

15,443 Trips - 3 Full-Time Drivers - Ministry of Transportation withdrew all financial help to disabled transportation effective 1998

Total Life-time Trips: 105,689

1998

16,641 Trips - 3 Full-Time Drivers - Town of Renfrew provided a subsidy in support of operations and continued to do so

Total Life-time Trips: 122,330

1999

16,721 Trips - 3 Full-Time Drivers

Total Life-time Trips: 139,051

2000

18,307 Trips - 3 Full-Time Drivers & 1 Part-Time Driver - 2000 Dodge Caravan purchased

Total Life-time Trips: 157,358

2001

17,692 Trips - 3 Full-Time Drivers & 2 Part-Time Drivers - 2002 full sized van purchased, retired 1993 Dodge Van

Total Life-time Trips: 175,050

2002

19,360 Trips - 3 Full-Time Drivers & 2 Part-Time Drivers

Total Life-time Trips: 194,410

2003

18,950 Trips - 3 Full-Time Drivers & 2 Part-Time Drivers - 2003 Mini Van purchased, retired 1994 Dodge van

Total Life-time Trips: 213,360

2004

18,879 Trips - 3 Full-Time Drivers & 2 Part-Time Drivers - 2003 Mini Van purchased

Total Life-time Trips: 232,239

2005

17,942 Trips - 3 Full-Time Drivers & 4 Part-Time Drivers - 2005 Model Small Bus purchased, evening and weekend service started

Total Life-time Trips: 250,181

2006

18,727 Trips - 3 Full-Time Drivers & 5 Part-Time Drivers

Total Life-time Trips: 268,908

2007

19,414 Trips - 3 Full-Time Drivers & 5 Part-Time Drivers - 2007 Stretcher-capable Dodge Caravan purchased, stretcher service started

Total Life-time Trips: 288,322

2008

20,131 Trips - 3 Full-Time Drivers & 1 Part-Time Driver - 2008 Chev 1 Ton Van purchased

Total Life-time Trips: 308,453

2009

20,424 Trips - 3 Full-Time Drivers & 1 Part-Time Driver - 2009 Caravan purchased

Total Life-time Trips: 328,877

2010

19,043 Trips - 1 Operations Manager/Driver, 2 Full-Time Drivers & 3 Part-Time Drivers, 2 Casual Part-Time Drivers - 2010 Dodge Caravans purchased

Renovations funded by special one-time Gas Tax Infrastructure Allocation completed to enable our offices to be accessible for employees and the general public

Total Life-time Trips: 347,920

2011

21,163 Trips (+11.13% growth compared to 2010)

1 Operations Manager/Driver, 2 Full-Time Drivers & 4 Part-Time Drivers, 2 Casual Part-Time Drivers - 2010 Dodge Caravans purchased

Total Life-time Trips: 369,083

2012

23,869 Trips (+12.79% growth compared to 2011)

Staff:

  • 1 Operations Manager/Driver
  • 2 Full-Time Drivers
  • 4 Regular Part-Time Drivers
  • 4 Casual Part-Time Drivers
  • 2 Occasional Part-Time Drivers
  • 1 Special Projects Volunteer
  • 1 Executive Director
Fleet (10 Accessible Vehicles):

  • 1 X 2005 Small Bus
  • 1 X 2008 Large Van
  • 3 X 2007 Dodge Caravan
  • 1 X 2008 Dodge Caravan
  • 1 X 2009 Dodge Caravan
  • 2 X 2010 Dodge Caravan
  • 1 X 2012 Dodge Caravan
Total Life-time Trips: 392,952

2013

28,515 Trips (+19.46% growth compared to 2012)

Staff:

  • 1 Operations Manager/Driver
  • 2 Full-Time Drivers
  • 1 Full-Time Driver / Mechanic
  • 4 Part-Time Drivers
  • 3 Casual Part-Time Drivers
  • 2 Occasional Part-Time Drivers
  • 1 Special Projects Volunteer
  • 1 Executive Director
Fleet (10 Accessible Vehicles):
  • 1 X 2005 Small Bus
  • 1 X 2008 Large Van
  • 2 X 2007 Dodge Caravan
  • 1 X 2009 Dodge Caravan
  • 2 X 2010 Dodge Caravan
  • 2 X 2012 Dodge Caravan
  • 1 X 2013 Dodge Caravan
Total Life-time Trips: 421,467

2014

33,610 Trips (+17.87% growth compared to 2013)

Staff:

  • 1 Operations Manager/Driver
  • 1 Scheduler/Planner / Driver
  • 1 Full-Time Driver
  • 1 Full-Time Driver / Mechanic
  • 16 Part-Time Drivers
  • 1 Special Projects Volunteer
  • 1 Executive Director
Fleet (10 Accessible Vehicles):
  • 1 X 2005 Small Bus
  • 1 X 2008 Large Van
  • 1 X 2007 Dodge Caravan
  • 1 X 2009 Dodge Caravan
  • 2 X 2010 Dodge Caravan
  • 2 X 2012 Dodge Caravan
  • 1 X 2013 Dodge Caravan
  • 1 X 2014 Dodge Caravan
Total Life-time Trips: 455,077

2015

33,719 Trips (+0.33% growth compared to 2014)

Staff:

  • 1 Operations Manager/Driver
  • 1 Scheduler/Planner / Driver
  • 1 Full-Time Driver
  • 1 Full-Time Driver / Mechanic
  • 16 Part-Time Drivers
  • 1 Special Projects Volunteer
  • 1 Executive Director
Fleet (11 Accessible Vehicles):
  • 1 X 2005 Small Bus
  • 1 X 2008 Large Van
  • 1 X 2009 Dodge Caravan
  • 2 X 2010 Dodge Caravan
  • 2 X 2012 Dodge Caravan
  • 1 X 2013 Dodge Caravan
  • 1 X 2014 Dodge Caravan
  • 1 X 2015 Dodge Caravan
  • 1 X 2009 Stretcher Transfer Vehicle
Total Life-time Trips: 488,796