Castlegar seniors get more support from Doukhobor Cultural Association

Active community group provides financial support to help fund S.O.S. program.

Marilyn Verigin (left) and Anne Zibin (right) presented a $1000 cheque from the Doukhobor Cultural Association to Sandi McCreight on May 6 to help with the S.O.S. (Seniors Outreach & Support) program.

Marilyn Verigin (left) and Anne Zibin (right) presented a $1000 cheque from the Doukhobor Cultural Association to Sandi McCreight on May 6 to help with the S.O.S. (Seniors Outreach & Support) program.

Marilyn Verigin and Anne Zibin of the Doukhobor Cultural Association presented a $1000 cheque on Monday, May 6 to Sandi McCreight to help with the S.O.S. (Seniors Outreach & Support) program.

McCreight is developing a series of free luncheons with guest speakers presenting information pertinent to seniors — such as wills, power of attorney and representation agreements.

McCreight said the pilot program ends in June and an application has been made with the Castlegar and District Community Services Society to continue funding for three more years.

Other partners and supporters of the program are the Columbia Basin Trust; City of Castlegar; Castlegar Safeway; Susan Bell, Notary Public and Castlegar Meal Delivery.

The Doukhobor Cultural Association has been a steadfast supporter of community programs for over 40 years and Verigin and Zibin estimate it has supported more than 50 organizations through the years.

(As a fun side note, after McCreight wrote out a list of words she thought should be part of the name, it was her 11-year-old daughter, Kayla, who came up with the acronym for the program.)

For more, contact Sandi McCreight at 250-365-2104 ext 34.