Modo Ambassador: Lisa Corriveau
Lisa Corriveau, aka Spokesmama, lives in East Van with her husband and two kids. Her “family car” is a longtail cargo bike, but occasionally she carshares, having been a proud Modo member since 2003. She is the Secretary of the Mount Pleasant Family Centre Board of Directors, sits on the city of Vancouver’s Active Transportation Policy Council and organizes family biking events.
How long have you been a Modo member for and what type of membership do you have?
I joined Modo in 2003 and have been full shareholding members since the beginning; Modo Plus member. I’m also a business member through work.
What made you want to join Modo?
I needed access to a car occasionally to visit family who live in other parts of Metro Vancouver, and to do occasional things like furniture shopping or picking up loads of compost for the garden. Not having to own a car, find parking for it, maintain it, and everything else seemed like a great idea. Plus I could drive whatever type of car or truck or van I needed for the job. I’m generally pretty utilitarian when it comes to what I drive, but I was not immune to the charms of the cute early 2000s Volkswagen Beetle with its heated seats and flower holder!
How do you use Modo and what’s your go to vehicle?
Generally, I use Modo to go to extended family gatherings in West Vancouver, and Coquitlam where it’s time-consuming to take transit or bike. About once a year we take a Modo for a local camping trip somewhere like Alice Lake or Golden Ears.
I like being able to pick the right size vehicle for the job. So rather than having to own something huge, I can use an easy-to-park compact for going to and from outings in the city, an 8-passenger minivan when we want to go camping with another family, a pickup truck when we are picking up a backyard play structure bought on Craigslist, or a sedan with a decent size trunk for our camping gear.
What was your most memorable Modo trip?
My most memorable Modo trip is going to BC Women’s to have my daughter. My labour with my son was only eight hours, so we were prepared for my daughter’s birth to go fairly quickly. As soon as I was in labour, we had a Modo car booked & ready to go… but she was taking her time. 34 hours later, Oliver took the Modo back & I was going to try to have a nap. Minutes after he left the house, my on-again-off-again labour suddenly shifted into *very* active labour. I called Oliver & he rushed back to get another car & we went straight to the hospital. Oliver walked me into the main entrance where I met our midwife, & then quickly parked the car (free parking for Modo drivers on the permit zones around the hospital!) & met me back inside. Once she decided she really wanted to come out, my daughter was *not* waiting for anyone. The ticket we got from the machine when we drove in said 5:23pm, & my daughter was born at 6:24pm!
In one word, what does Modo mean to you?