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.