On Sunday April 18th in Thorsby Alberta, riders from across the province of Alberta met to discuss a number of issues.

The Alliance for Injured Motorcyclists of Canada has recently been experiencing some tough, uphill challenges – most of them internal and pretty much insurmountable.

The situation was threatening to leave riders who need assistance in the advent of an accident somewhat in a lurch.  The central Alberta chapter and the Southern Alberta chapter along with a number of riders who wanted to start and organization to help riders with rights issues like parking, handicap stickers, noise bylaws and equitable & fair enforcement there of , all got together and did so in such a powerful and thoughtful way that a new organization was formed.

F.I.R.R.E. stands for the Foundation for Injured Riders, Rights and Education and it has three distinct purposes. To assist injured riders and their families in their time of need, to lobby and work towards equitable and fair treatment of riders and to provide education to riders, other road users and the general public.

This is a very PRO ACTIVE group comprised of people in the insurance industry, IT, fire and ambulance and every walk of life and job imaginable!

Over the coming weeks it is my hope to profile the National Board of Governors and the chairs and co-chairs of the three sub committees.

It was a rewarding and action packed three hour meeting that saw a ton of organizational work get accomplished!

We have a National Board of Governors –Mark Boylan is our Chairman

 Scott Paulin is our Co Chair, Kim Newberry and I are sharing VP of Marketing duties, Baker Bruce Ollson is the Treasurer and Cindy Nobiss is the National Secretary.

Our three committees look like this:

Rider & Family Assistance:
Chair: Steve Penrod
Co Chair: Paul Newberry

Rider Rights:
Chair: Mark Boylan
Co Chair: Michael Honour

Chair: Scott Paulin
Co Chair: Twyla Aalbers

And a F.I.R.R.E. was lit!

The President of the Central Alberta Chapter of F.I.R.R.E. is:

Betty Rondeau and she can be contacted at: (780) 789-2045 or at the Kountry Kitchen Bakery in Thorsby: (780) 789-3992

The Central AB chapter meets again on May 16th at 2 pm at the community centre in Thorsby.

The President of the Southern AB Chapter of F.I.R.R.E. is Cindy Nobiss and she can be contacted by phone at: (403) 867-3019 or by email:

We have two confirmed chapters and will be – once the new board has had some time to get some details taken care of - addressing all of the AIM and AIM Can chapters that are left - after the answer on the appeal by AIM Can is done - and inviting them to join our new and soon to be federally incorporated organization.

Our web site address is:

Our Toll Free Rider Assistance Hotline is: 1-866-315-1013

We have as a free service to all members of F.I.R.R.E. a “Never Ride Alone Program”

You call our toll free number, you tell them your chapter and membership number, where you are leaving from and when and where you are going to and when you anticipate arriving. If you don’t call and check in when you are supposed to, they will call your cell, if they get no answer then with in an hour of your tentative arrival time, if you don’t contact them they will then send someone to look for you. This service and the Toll Free 911 Call Centre are supplied and sponsored by Intercon Messaging in Drayton Valley AB

Our Provincial Run is August 7th & 8th
Free Camping, Rodeo Games, a $10 steak BBQ (You MUST PRE-ORDER YOUR MEALS - all proceeds from the BBQ go to the Thorsby Elementary School), DJ and Comedian on Saturday the 7th and on Sunday is a pancake breakfast followed by our Fallen Riders Memorial service and parade and then the ride to the V-Twin Family Diner Show ‘n’ Shine in Drayton Valley where all riders only pay $10 to take in all of the bands and entertainment! All proceeds for the V-Twin Diner Family Show ‘n’ Shine go to the Stollery Childrens Centre

Working in a positive and thoughtful manner we have begun to flesh our our Mission, Vision and Ethics statements and will be formalizing them soon.

Our Tentative Ethics Statement:
We will not discriminate regardless of discipline, brand, gender, race, color or handicap
We will be thoughtful and measured in our responses and actions in any issues that are presented to us.

Our Tentative Mission Statement:
To provide aide to injured riders and their families, whether it be emotional, practical or financial.

To be a collective voice for all riders pertaining to education, rights and assistance

Our Tentative Vision Statement:

To have every rider in Canada be a member of F.I.R.R.E.

We would welcome your feedback and input so that we may grow this organization in the most forward thinking of manners, please contact:

Mark Boylan - Chairman:
Scott Paulin - Co Chairman:
And that folks is how we started a F.I.R.R.E. in Central Alberta this weekend.

If you are riding today, please ride like everyone around you is blind and cannot see you, and IS out to get you - ride proud not loud...

Belt Drive Betty
National VP of Marketing
Foundation for Injured Riders, Rights and Education (coming soon)

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