Border City Connects (formerly The Lloydminster Handivan Society) started 1980 when a group of local people saw a need for specialized transport for the mobility challenged. The group discovered that the Kinsmen Telemiracle Foundation would give a grant to incorporated societies for such purposes so they went through the procedures to become a registered and incorporated society.
The Society was awarded a substantial grant from the Kinsmen to go towards the purchase of their first wheelchair lift equipped van and additional support was also received from individuals and corporations.
This got the Handivan service started but as usual, the difficult part is in meeting operating expenses so in those early years all sorts of fundraising tactics were used such as bake sales, raffle tickets, bingos and just plain begging.
The Society is directed by an unpaid volunteer board and is registered in Alberta. The City of Lloydminster delegates a representative from City Council to sit on the board as does the Senior Citizens Society.