by Bonny Loos (Langley)
Hello, my name is Bonny Loos and I am 38 years old. I live in Langley, B.C., with my wonderful caregivers. My mom passed away a few years ago and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to get around and do all the things that I love to do, but my caregiver helped get me set up with a Compass Card and now I can take HandyDART anywhere I need to go.
A few travel tips I have for anyone who is new to using HandyDART is try and make sure that you are ready 30 minutes before your scheduled time because sometimes the bus arrives early and you don’t want to miss it. Also, make sure you have your Compass Card ready to show your driver. Sometimes, if the bus is full or late, HandyDART will send a taxi. My staff always ask the taxi driver for identification and their cab number before I leave.
Last year I went to Disneyland with my caregiver. It was always a dream of mine and I finally had the opportunity to go. It was my very first time on an airplane and I was really nervous but I had such a great time. I loved the whole experience. I’m traveling to Fiji in January for a vacation. I’m looking forward to the warm weather and seeing another country.
I go to a day program five days a week called Explorations through Inclusion Langley Society. My day program plans very exciting trips for me to go on and I love hanging out with all my friends and staff. My favorite things to do are go out for coffee and play pool at the pub. I also work once a week at McDonalds in Murrayville. I am a lobby attendant and I really like my job.
An accessible future to me would mean someday living independently in my own apartment. I would still need a support staff person to come in and help me with meals, banking and shopping. I would love to have my own space to invite my friends to come over for coffee.