Our mission is to promote the welfare of veterans and persons with disabilities by providing recreational transportation using specially equipped vehicles. This service enables physically challenged individuals, for whom no other type of transportation is available or suitable, to take part in different community activities and events.
Charity Registration # 89894 7577 RR0001
Walter Harris Callow
Walter Callow spent much of his life confined to a hospital bed, blind and unable to
move. But his physical limitations did not prevent him from assisting and brightening
the lives of thousands of veterans and the physically challenged.
Many terms have been used to describe Walter Callow: compassionate, determined,
innovative, business-oriented, humorous and poetic. But it was his concern for the
physically challenged for which he is best remembered. His efforts to assist others
started in a hospital room at Camp Hill Hospital, Halifax, NS in the 1940s and
continues today as the Callow Wheelchair Bus service, more than 40 years after his
Walter Callow (pronounced Ca-loo) was born in Parrsboro, NS. Early in life he became a
partner in a small business. During the First World War he entered the Royal Flying
Corps. While undergoing training as a pilot in 1917 he suffered a severe back injury
that would eventually confine him permanently to Camp Hill Hospital in 1937; by 1939,
he was blind.
During World War Two, using his hospital room as an office and assisted by staff and
volunteers, he directed the raising of funds to provide comfort for Canadians serving
overseas. At the end of the war he turned his creative mind to assisting crippled
veterans and others with physical disabilities. The result was the specially designed
and equipped Callow wheelchair coach. The first coach hit the road in 1947.
Walter Callow loved planning trips for the passengers, young and old, whether they were
being transported to a tour of the countryside, picnic, sporting event, art class or
other activity. In doing so he gave hope to many who had not been outside their homes
for years due to lack of transport. Callow Wheelchair Bus continues to provide transport
for recreational activities and related requirements.