Transit a tool for connecting

by Charlene Barney

charlene-web“Accessible and respectful transportation is one of the things I care about. It’s very important to have ways to get around in your community.” – Charlene Barney

I moved to Victoria 26 years ago. I am very active in my community. I am outgoing and don’t like staying in one spot.

I volunteer and am a member of the South Island Community Council. I have been employed at Surrounded by Cedar Child and Family Services for 12 years. I also enjoy visiting friends and going to the movies.

I rely on transit for my freedom and for my health and well-being. Before moving to Victoria I did not have freedom that most people enjoy. I grew up in a group home with 30 other children.

Without the bus I would be isolated and without opportunities to work and contribute to my community. Without the bus I would only be able to go short distances in my neighbourhood. I will always need transit and am very grateful there are accessible buses in my community.

I am passionate about helping people with and without disabilities speak up for what is important in their lives. Accessible and respectful transportation is one of the things I care about. It’s very important to have ways to get around in your community.

For me, being able to take the bus helps me build confidence, feel safe, gain independence, feel empowered, contribute to society and become a full citizen.


If you live in the Greater Victoria area, you can plan your transit trips around your community by visiting: www.BCTransit.com/Victoria

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