Cold Lake Victim Services Unit (VSU) is hosting Operation Red Nose (ORN) in partnership with the Cold Lake RCMP and other community partners for it’s 8th Christmas Season. The services will be offered nine nights over the holiday season. Friday and Saturday nights starting November and running until New Year’s Eve.
“Ideally, each night of operation will have 17 volunteers, team of 5 and two dispatchers,” program manager for Cold Lake VSU, David Zimmerman says volunteers work from 9:00 pm to 3:00 am. “We are looking for volunteers and sponsors to help run the operation.”
“Operation Red Nose provides a free designated driver service to motorists who have had a drink or simply do not feel fit to drive their vehicles,” explained Zimmerman. “This is community driven and supported and we invite the community to participate in our endeavour again this year either as a client or a volunteer”.
All monies that are donated to Cold Lake Victim Services go towards resources for child/youth victims of crime or tragedy (ie: transportation cost for specialized counselling or services, coloring books, grief and loss material, journals and other games & activities.
Interested volunteers can get their applications at our website at www.operationrednosecoldlake.com or the Cold Lake RCMP detachment Monday – Friday.
Final Year of Operation Red Nose in Cold Lake
After the 2018 Christmas season Cold Lake Victim Services will no longer be able to deliver Operation Red Nose to the Cold Lake community. This means there is an opening for a new non-profit to run it for next year. Cold Lake Victim Services is more than willing to work with and mentor any other agency/organization this year who can then officially take over the chapter in 2019.
“We would like to reassure the Cold Lake residents that we are working with the National Office of Operation Red Nose to find a suitable organization with greater capacity within the community to assume this most worthwhile road safety program,” stated Dave Zimmerman.
“We wish to thank all of our partners, volunteers, sponsors and clients for their support over the past eight seasons,” Zimmerman said. “We know that our program, run by the community, for the community, has made a significant and lasting impact in helping to reduce impaired drivers and create greater awareness about obtaining a safe ride during the Christmas season.
Any non-profit interested in hosting the program in the Cold Lake area next year can go online to operationrednose.com/en/devenir-maitre-doeuvre. and can contact Dave Zimmerman @ 7680-594-3302 ext 3.