Laura Ford has sewn hundreds of masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. She won the first month’s prize in the Castle Guardian program. Photo: Jennifer Small

COVID mask maker wins first Castle Guardian honour

The City of Castlegar is looking for more community hero nominations

A woman who has spent hundreds of hours sewing masks for the community is the first winner in the City of Castlegar’s Castle Guardians program.

Residents have been asked to nominate a local hero in action — a person or group doing something special for the community during the COVID-19 crisis.

Once a month, a winner will be drawn and presented with gift certificates to some of Castlegar’s small businesses.

Laura Ford was nominated by Sharla Glock, who said, “She has donated countless hours to make masks, she spent her own money, she organized receiving fabric from others in the community to continue making masks. She is an exemplar citizen who is using her skills to help out her community during this very scary time.”

Ken Postnikoff also nominated Ford.

“In a time when supplies are low and public fear is high, Laura has used her passion for fashion to help give us some peace of mind during these trying times,” added Postnikoff.

If you would like to nominate someone, go to

Here is what people had to say about the other nominees:

Sandi McCreight and Project IRIS: “They do amazing work keeping our seniors involved, but right now giving them meals every week and just generally keeping them in touch,” said Kim.

Dr. Audet at Kootenay Family Dental: “He has seen emergency patients from throughout the region due to almost all offices being closed. He and the staff have kept many people out of the ER,” said Shana J.

Deb McIntosh, director of Community Harvest Food Bank: “I could go on for an hour about her good and what she has done for the community and its inhabitants,” said Dianne Popoff.

“The often invisible homeless and vulnerable residents have a strong and capable advocate in Deb McIntosh,” said Joan Alexander.

Celina French organized a car parade for care homes: “It lifted the spirits of the people living in care who have been unable to see their families during this time,” said Sabrina.

Martech was also nominated for sourcing and donating 500 pairs of nitrile gloves to the hard-working City of Castlegar employees who are providing essential services in our community such as water, sewer, garbage, and recycling.

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