by Rhonda Massad
In an effort to extend their services, Desjardins Group has converted a Novabus into a mobile bank. The idea is to make it easier to serve those who may not have easy access to regular banking services such as seniors homes.
During the upcoming Neighbours 4 Neighbours (N4N) Food Drive, on November 19, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Beaconsfield Recreation Center, Desjardins has agreed to station the bus for anyone who wishes to take a peek. Anyone who shows up to the bus with a non-perishable item will be entered into a contest to win $1,000 to be donated to the charity of their choice. The bus will be stationed in Dollard Des Ormeaux on November 20, as a continuation of the N4N Food Drive.
The bus that has been converted into a bank runs on diesel energy while en route but operates on a ten-hour battery while delivering services. Home base for the bus is in the Laurentians. During this pilot project, the unit will move within a three-hour drive from home base and return every night for needed maintenance.
N4N Food Drive will benefit On Rock Community Services, West Island Assistance Fund, and West Island Mission. Follow them on Facebook at Neighbours for Neighbours Food Drive #N4N.