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 castlegarconnects.ca.
Here is what people had to say about the other nominees:
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.
“The often invisible homeless and vulnerable residents have a strong and capable advocate in Deb McIntosh,” said Joan Alexander.
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.