The Digby & Area Division was launched in 2012. Prior to the launch, the Transport de Clare Society met with community groups, service organizations, business and municipal leaders in and around the Digby area. Mutually beneficial partnerships have continued to evolve.
The Society also organized a Public Transportation Forum, held at the Digby Legion, attended by over 100 people. The decision was made to proceed with expansion into Digby and Area, and a Feasibility Study was completed and subsequently approved by Service NS.
The Digby & Area Division is licensed by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board with a registered fare of $20.00 round-trip within the Digby Area (including Jordantown, Conway and Seabrook). Beyond the Digby area, the rate is 75¢ per km.
Digby and Area Division has its own separate budget and all donations received are applied to offering subsidized rides for those who cannot afford the fare. As planned, at least one voting Director from the Digby Area serves on the Transport de Clare Society Board of Directors.
Tideview Terrace Senior Residence is now located 1 km from the Digby Hospital, which has created a demand for wheelchair medical trips on a weekly basis. Transport de Clare is proud to be the primary transportation provider for Tideview Terrace since 2010.
Since 2012, there is monthly scheduled service from Digby Neck and Islands, departing from Westport and picking up passengers along the route to the Town of Digby.
In April 2014, the Weymouth and Area Division merged with the Digby and Area Division. The Municipality of the District of Digby provides operational funds for both areas, which are now combined within one budget.
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Westby family walks for a ride
Lise Melanson, left, Paula Westby, Dylan and Erin Westby, Dr. Don Westby is joined by Transport de Clare’s
Claredon Robicheau, left, for a fundraising walk from Weymouth to Meteghan. Karla Kelly photo
Published on September 5, 2010
By Karla Kelly FOR THE DIGBY COURIER NovaNewsNow.com
Topics : Transport de Clare Society , Weymouth Medical Center , Weymouth Waterfront Library , Weymouth , Meteghan , Little Brook Family and friends of Dr. Don Westby of Weymouth joined him Saturday on a fundraising walk from the Weymouth
Medical Center to Tim Horton’s in Meteghan.
The walk, an annual affair for the Weymouth physician, raised $3,000 for the Transport de Clare Society that recently extended into the Weymouth area. The society is a non-profit organization that provides safe, affordable and accessible transportation to members of the community.
Westby’s first walk was with his daughter, Erin. They walked from Weymouth to Digby as a challenge to exercise.
“Doctors Nova Scotia encourages the public to lead a healthy lifestyle and active living such as walking is one way to get healthy,” Westby said. “Our first walk was just for fun but Erin told me our next walk would be for a charity.”
For the next three years, the Westby family and friends walked the 31 kilometres from Weymouth to Meteghan, first for the IWK, then the new Medical Center in Meteghan, and last year for playground equipment at the new Weymouth Waterfront Library.
“This year, we decided to donate the proceeds from our walk to the Transport de Clare,” he said. “We were very please to have Claredon Robicheau, volunteer founder and executive director join us in Little Brook for the remainder of the walk.”
Westby began his walk to Meteghan at 8:30 am with his wife Paula, daughter Erin, son Dylan and friend Lise Melanson. Donnie Beeler drove Transport de Clare’s Weymouth van behind the group, which arrived at their destination at 3:45 pm.
Guy LeBlanc and 86-year-old Doug Kerrigan joined the group for a portion of the way and 14 members of the Acadian Peddlers, a cycling group from Clare, supported the fundraising efforts by cycling from Meteghan to Cape St. Mary’s and back.
Erin Westby said the walk this year was better than last and attributed its success to the community that helped make the event happen.
“CIFA radio station was very supportive of our walk and we had such a great response from people and many stopped with donations along the way,” Westby said. “The Transport de Clare van certainly drew attention
to our cause.”
Robicheau said the Transport de Clare Society was honoured to be chosen as a recipient of the Westby’s fundraising event and riding along in his wheelchair with the walkers was his way to thank Dr. Westby.