Evolution. It’s what took us from our first bicycle in 1952 to our first car in 1971. It’s the march of progress. It’s embracing responsiveness. It’s believing that where we’re headed can be bigger and better than where we’ve been. It’s the promise of a brighter tomorrow that led us to create the Drive Change program in 2010. Communities across Canada chose to evolve with us, over three short years we’ve managed to Drive Change a great distance.
Since the Drive Change program launched in 2010, Canadians haven’t stopped looking for ways within our homes, our workplaces, and our communities to make our country a better place for all of us to live. With an emphasis on improving our social and environmental conditions, we’ve found that the biggest changes aren’t born up on high. They start with small, achievable activities that can be performed throughout our daily lives.
Our journey began in 2010 with the first Drive Change campaign. Encouraging environmentalism and self-sufficiency, provided plants, soil and building materials to the Gilder Drive, a Toronto Community Housing project, to bring fruition to a community garden they had been trying to construct for four years. Building a basketball court for the Second Base Youth Shelter in Toronto league team didn’t just keep at-risk kids active – it prioritized building important social skills like respect, responsibility, ambition, and drive. And with the gift of a Sportage to a family that was in need of a vehicle to drive to medical appointments up to 260 kilometres away, we stood strong to protect the most important unit of a healthy community – a healthy family.
But we were only just hitting the gas. In 2011, Drive Change went into high gear and encouraged people across Canada to share how their act of change, no matter how big or small, can help make a difference. Citizens also dedicated themselves to Drive Change in their communities and workplace by hosting various events. Drive Change grew to over 117 events, 182 acts of change and over 227 submissions to win $25,000 to support a community project. With a clear skies and open roads, in 2012, we grew again with over 315 events, 250 acts of change and over 1,938 submissions to award one of four $10,000 bursaries towards a community project. has embraced this program year over year and has continued to Drive Change across Canada as an organization.
In 2013, we’re anticipating our best year yet. Offering the opportunity to nominate an organization or a charity that could benefit from the use of a Vehicle for 2 years to aid with their charity work, we hope to give grassroots initiatives the ‘lift’ they need to help them reach goals that benefit the community. has developed the Map of Hope Campaign, with support from MADD Canada, and are asking drivers to take the pledge on the Canadian Map of Hope to keep our roadways safe by driving sober. Encouraging Canadians to join us to Drive Change not just in our environment and communities, but also behind the wheel. We hope to make the highways that crisscross this great nation not just roads to travel, but routes to a safe and happy future.