Operation Red Nose in BCby
Operation Red Nose started out in 1984 as the brain child of Jean-Marie De Koninck of Quebec who got members of his swim club to offer to drive motorists home, in their own vehicle, if they had too much to drink. Since that time Operation Red Nose has expanded to over 100 communities across Canada, providing a safe ride home for any revelers who might not be fit to get behind the wheel.
In Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley you can call 1-877-604-6673 or (604) 532-0888 for a ride, or call (604) 532-0888 for information. Services in BC are provided in communities such as Abbotsford-Mission, Comox Valley, Delta-Richmond, Kamloops, Williams Lake, Surrey-Langley, Nanaimo, North Shore, Prince George, Ridge-Meadows, and the Tri-Cities.
If you’re hosting a party, there are tips for planning ahead on the Operation Red Nose website. There are also volunteer positions available if you’d like to sign up to be a driver, navigator, or work at headquarters.
Be sure to plan your safe ride home this holiday season and enjoy the festivities responsibly. Follow @ORNose on Twitter for news and updates. The service is confidential and free. Any client donations are given to local non-profit youth organizations.
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There is also an Operation Red-Nose on beautiful Bowen Island, sponsored by the local Rotary Club.
Hey Rebecca… can you clarify. I know both GlobalTV BC and CTV News have been making announcements about the FREE Transit services or using Operation Red Nose if you are taking your car…. but what number do people in Vancouver call? The 1-877-604-NOSE which both the TV Networks and you have up on your blog don’t list a service for Metro Vancouver. I have also Tweeted and Facebooked the information because it is all over the News and I think it’s important that the word get out… but does Red Nose NOT operate the service in Vancouver?? I can’t get through to a real person, it’s just a push a number for your community, but they don’t list Vancouver. Help!
Unfortunately there is no ORN service in the city of Vancouver. Every area relies on a local non-profit to run the service and to date, there hasn’t been one in Van. In addition to the locations mentioned above, it’s also offered in Burnaby and New West. Everywhere in Metro except for the city of Vancouver.