Castlegar Community Response Network

Found between the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers in the Selkirk mountains, Castlegar is the second largest city in the West Kootenay region. Of its over 8,000 residents, 23% are seniors 65+. Castlegar takes its name from its founder Edward Mahon’s ancestral home Castlegar in County Galway, Ireland.

The Castlegar CRN is very excited to announce the introduction of a transportation assistance program for seniors, organized by IRIS (Increasing Recreation Involving Seniors) – read more about the program here.

Communities Served:

  • Castlegar and surrounding area

Sandi McCreight
Phone number: (250) 608-0706

Regional Mentor:
Heather von Ilberg
Phone number: (250) 777-2103

Community Contact List:
2021 Community Contact List – Castlegar

Castlegar CRN – Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic:

Current: Lunch to Go delivery to over 170 seniors, twice per month. Packages included home made main item, baking, yogurt, cheese, crackers, fruit, vegetables and much more. An 8 page newsletter, The IRIS Connector is also included and boasts chair yoga exercises, brain activities, humor, recipes, information on current events, seasonal/holiday stories and wishes, and feature articles on the IRIS seniors.

Local grade 3, 4, 5 and 12 students create intergenerational connections by providing greeting cards, crafts and baking for the Lunch to Go packages.

Selkirk College is also part of the IRIS team with Nursing, Social Work and Pre-Med students participating in telephone visits and research with the seniors.

Regular check-in calls are done to IRIS participants.

Castlegar News: IRIS grocery & medication deliveries

This contact information will put you in touch with people who are able to give you more information about services in your area. They are typically available during business hours Monday to Friday. Should this be an emergency situation, please consider calling your local RCMP detachment or the Police authority for your area.

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