Free bus program for Antigonish seniors hailed as 'greatest thing'

via CBC

A free program to introduce seniors in Antigonish, N.S., public housing to more winter activities is being hailed as a big success. 

The "Lessons on the Bus" program wrapped up this week after its initial run. Organizers planned about 25 outings that included a tour of a cheese factory and dairy farm, bowling outings, yoga, cooking classes, live music concerts, and a tour of the Peace By Chocolate factory

"What we've discovered through it all has been a lot greater than we could have ever anticipated," said coordinator Olivia Rossong. 

The program used the Antigonish Community Transit bus, which has been running for two years and can be booked regularly, to take the group to activities around the community. It launched in October.

Rossong said the hope was also to introduce people to the transit bus as well as community resources and activities. 

"As a way of kind of trying to make it more rich and enjoyable of a connection, so maybe a routine of getting out and socializing would be more likely to be established for these folks," she said.