New: response vehicle for the Lardeau Valley First Responders!

Great news! The Kaslo Fire Department recently purchased a response vehicle
for the Lardeau Valley First Responders, Rescue 492.

Robyn and Glen Skobalski have been our primary responders for close to 6 years and are now joined by Kristi Gazzard (absent for the picture) who recently relocated
from Kaslo to Meadow Creek. They would also like to extend a special thank
you to Dwight and Debbie Smith who have kindly given them permission to
store the truck in their old shop where it can be plugged in and protected
from the elements.

The First Responders are here as an initial response to
medical emergencies to provide necessary care until BC Ambulance arrives.

A valuable service given our remote location. The protocol is to always first
call 911 and from there they will dispatch BCAS and the First Responders.

North Kootenay Lake Community Services, Mother care program.

Nutrition for New Parents and Babies: Two free online session for people who are pregnant or parenting a baby under 9 months.
With Cindy Spratt, holistic nutritionist.

“Pre and Postpartum Nutrition”. Tuesday, January 19, 11:00-12:15·
Supporting a healthy gut· Beneficial and problematic foods· Nutritional needs during each trimester· Nutrition for breastfeeding· Supplements· Nutrient deficiencies· Postpartum depression
“Infant Nutrition” Tuesday, January 26, 11-12:15· Focus on first 9 months of life· Starting solids-when, what and how· Problematic foods· Considerations around additives· Helpful feeding tools· Making baby food at home
Kaslo participants will receive a catered lunch, home-delivered before each session.*space is limited and priority for lunches goes to those who are pregnant or parenting an infant under 6 months*To register, please contact Barb Cyr at or 250-505-5884 Offered by North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society’s “Mother care” program.
“Wakan Ija”: Children, They are Holy Too. A Traditional Indigenous Approach to Child Rearing with Grandmother Pahan Pte San Win, Indigenous Spiritual Leader, Counsellor, Grandmother. 
Explore an Indigenous worldview of childhood, family and the lifecycle. Learn a traditional approach to child rearing that is positive and child-centred. 
This free online workshop is for parents of children under 6 years (though there may be space for others who are interested, too!). 
Mondays, February 1st and 8th. 10-11:00 on Zoom
Register with Barb Cyr at 250-353-7691 or Offered by North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society in honour of Vlasta Pour.
Proudly supported by Columbia Basin Trust.

With a degree in social work from the University of Calgary, Grandmother Pahan has provided counseling support to residential school survivors and traumatized women. She is the founder of the Sacred Circle Project, Yellowknife, NT that offered weekly Sharing Circles to both women and men. She has been Spiritual Caregiver to incarcerated youth at the Manitoba Youth Centre and to incarcerated men at Stony Mountain Institution. These days she works with children in various school divisions in Winnipeg providing teachings and the love and guidance of a Grandmother. She is Lakota, Cree and Metis with roots that reach back to Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan and Yellowknife, NT. Pahan’s vision to have a Sundance of Women that honours our stolen sisters was realized in 2017 and continues until 2021.

North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society

336 B Avenue, Box 546
Kaslo, BC, Canada
V0G 1M0

The Lardeau Valley Christmas Bird count results! thank you to all who participated!

As part of the 121st annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, Lardeau’s 24th CBC took place on December 27th. Thirty enthusiastic but physically distanced participants recorded 38 species on count day (on par with the average of 36) and an additional 6 species during the count week. Some highlights are that there were no Barrow’s goldeneyes nor Evening Grosbeaks reported at all during the entire count week. For only the second time in 24 years and 2nd year in a row, a Marsh wren was recorded at an Argenta slough. More detailed and historical CBC results can be found at: 

The Audubon CBC is one of the longest-running wildlife censuses in the world. Each individual count takes place in a 15-mile-wide circle. Within each circle, participants tally all birds seen or heard that day—not just the species but total numbers to provide a clear idea of the health of that particular population. When combined with other surveys such as the Breeding Bird Survey, the Audubon CBC provides a picture of how the continent’s bird populations have changed in time and space over the past twelve decades. The long-term perspective is vital for conservationists. It informs strategies to protect birds and their habitat, and helps identify environmental issues with implications for people as well.
Audubon CBC data are also used to measure how birds are already responding to climate change. By tracking how bird ranges have moved over time, conservation efforts can be prioritized in areas that are important for birds today and in a climate-altered future. With two thirds of North American bird species at increasing risk of extinction by the end of this century, Audubon CBC data is more important than ever for effective conservation.

Common Goldeneye, photo Gordon Brown
Pine Grosbeak, photo Jim Lawrence
Wild Turkey, photo Jim Lawrence
Marsh Wren, photo Kate Murphy
Group photo, Peter Jonker

Here are the results for the Lardeau Valley Count Day, Dec 27th, 2020:

Canada Geese 76, Mallard 17, Bufflehead 8, Common Goldeneye 13, Common Merganser 11, Ruffed Grouse 2, Wild Turkey 47, Common Loon 1, Horned Grebe 3, Great Blue Heron 3, Northern Goshawk 1, Bald Eagle 8, Gull sp 2, Northern Pygmy Owl 1, Belted Kingfisher 2, Hairy Woodpecker 3, Downy Woodpecker 2, Northern Flicker 7, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Gray Jay 4, Steller’s Jay 42, Common Raven 58, Black-cap Chickadee 74, Chestnut-back Chickadee 27, Red-breasted Nuthatch 32, Brown Creeper 7, Pacific Wren 9, Marsh Wren 1, American Dipper 7, Golden-crowned Kinglet 7, Bohemian Waxwing 1, Dark-eyed Junco 1, Song Sparrow 30, Red-winged Blackbird 58, Pine Grosbeak 16, Common Redpoll 2, Pine Siskin 318, American Goldfinch 39

Job opening, Harrop Proctor Mill manager, resumes by Jan. 8th!

HPCC Job Posting – Administrative Assistant

Reports To: The Mill Manager, Office Coordinator & BookkeeperJob Overview:Harrop Procter Community Co-operative is looking for an organized, self-motivated Administrative Assistant to provide administrative support to our Mill Manager, Office Coordinator and Bookkeeper. The Administrative Assistant will work closely with our team by handling clerical duties, answering phones and helping with invoicing.This is a temporary, part-time position for 6 months (3 days/week, 8 hr/day) with a potential for long-term employment. The successful applicant will be detail-oriented, professional, with good customer relations skills, and excellent written and verbal communications abilities.Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Welcoming visitors at the mill and directing them to the relevant personnel.
  • Carrying out clerical duties such as answering phone calls, responding to emails, and preparing and maintaining documents (e.g. membership lists).
  • Performing bookkeeping support tasks such as inputting invoices into Sage.
  • Maintaining general office files, including job files, vendor files, and other files relating to the company’s operations.
  • Coordinating and preparing for the Annual General Meeting.
  • Purchasing and maintaining office supplies and equipment.
  • Performing other relevant duties when needed


  • Proficient in a variety of computer software applications including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Comfortable handling confidential information.
  • Multi-tasking and time-management skills, with the ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Customer service experience
  • A valid Class 5 driver’s license (with access to a vehicle)
  • Knowledge of wood products is a benefit.

Salary Range: $19.00 / hrPlease submit your resume and cover letter to by January 8th, 2021.Interviews will commence early next year.…/c/kfJv2mZ8Faw/m/52jLU-a5BQAJ