About Us

Antigonish Community Transit is a non-profit service that gives everyone access to their community that they might not otherwise have to due to transportation challenges or lack of transportation. Our services are open and welcoming to anyone who wishes to use them for any reason.

Our Mission
Our mission is to provide a green, sustainable, multifaceted, community based transit strategy that provides accessible, efficient, reliable and safe travel for all residents and visitors in Antigonish town and county. 

Our Objectives

  • To increase awareness of the transportation deficiencies within the Antigonish area through advocacy and public awareness meetings;
  • To coordinate transportation services within the Antigonish area;
  • To be environmentally conscious and aware of the impacts a transportation system can have on the environment;
  • To respond to people’s limited access to services, programs and community activities by facilitating more accessible, barrier-free, inclusive, efficient, reliable and safe transportation options for community members within the Antigonish area; and
  • To initiate a mechanism for the effective management and fundraising to establish, operate and sustain the ACTS organization.

Starting in 2010 as a working group of the Antigonish Poverty Reduction Coalition (APRC), ACTS focused on researching the various transportation options available to residents of the Town and County. On the basis of substantial independent research and a number of focus groups by the initial volunteer working group, as well as a small grant from NS Moves (supported by the Department of Energy), ACTS produced a document looking at rural transportation services and how one could be adapted to the Antigonish area. With excitement building at the prospect of bringing a transportation service to the area, ACTS received more funding to generate a feasibility study and business plan.

In October 2013, ACTS formed a society governed by a volunteer board of directors. Building on the business plan and feasibility study, ACTS began a pilot project in September 2014. Throughout the pilot project, ACTS learned about operating a transportation service, working with community organizations and businesses to ensure the sustainability of the service, as well as the various transportation barriers people in the Antigonish Community face.

ACTS completed the pilot project in March 2015. With this success, ACTS transitioned from a start-up operation to a full-fledged transportation service and has received continued support from the Province of Nova Scotia, the Municipalities of the Town and County of Antigonish, local businesses and community members.

ACTS Board of Directors

  • Anuj Jain, Chair
  • Anita Stewart, Vice Chair
  • Rachel MacFarlane, Treasurer
  • Leroy MacEachern
  • Stephen White
  • Diane Roberts
  • Gary Mattie


  • Madonna van Vonderen, Executive Director
  • Lois Venedam, Dispatcher

  • Anthony Rovers
  • Dave McIntyre
  • Jeff Smith
  • John Rovers
  • James Fuller
  • Marilyn McLellan
  • Lois Venedam
  • Austin Venedam
  • John MacMaster

ACTS is always looking for new organizations and people to be involved with our organization. If you are interested in helping enhance community transportation in Antigonish, either through volunteering or sponsorship, please contact us!

Those interested in volunteering with ACTS are invited to contact us!

ACTS thanks our generous sponsors and supporters.

Corporate Sponsors

  • Province of Nova Scotia
  • Sister’s of St. Martha
  • Town of Antigonish
  • Municipality of the County of Antigonish

Partner Organizations

  • Province of Nova Scotia
  • RTA
  • Town of Antigonish
  • County of Antigonish
  • Department of Community Services
  • Heatherton Activity Center
  • Canadian Association of Community Living
  • 98.9 The Hits
  • Kinsmen Club
  • Lion’s Club
  • VON