SNA Project

This page contains information ongoing, regarding the Seniors Needs Assessment project, which will run from 2014 to 2016.



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June 2015.


LINKS is very pleased to announce that Sandra Rempel will be working as our new Resource  Coordinator over the next year (and hopefully longer…)

She has been  looking into available services and has information to share regarding such things as : home care, foot care, community response networks, Helping Hands, the Red Cross loan cupboard, Hospice, palliative care, Mental health services, BC Housing for Seniors, local transportation…etc.

Sandra looks forward to connecting with people in the coming months and is more than happy to hear from anyone who needs information or has other issues to deal with that might benefit from someone who can help to navigate through things.

To contact Sandra: 2503664263  or :*

*A new dedicated email address for our Coordinator will be available soon and will be posted.




The deadline for applications has now passed. Thank you for your interest.

LINKS logoPosition available beginning in late May:

Coordinator of resources and information as part of
Links Seniors Needs Assessment project. Part time for one year, with possible extension.
Deadline for applying: May 12, 4pm.

Please see job description below and please note: For this position, priority will be given to residents who live in the Lardeau Valley .


Job Purpose

To work in the Lardeau Valley assisting resident seniors to access information and services.

Duties and responsibilities

1a. Referencing the 2014 Seniors Needs Assessment Survey as well as emerging information, the Coordinator will research and determine the current level of access available for Lardeau Valley senior residents for supports such as transportation, healthcare, information access and help to remain at home as long as possible. A familiarity with Federal, Provincial, Regional and local services will be required.

1b. Develop and maintain a database of local groups, businesses and individuals willing to provide relevant services.

2a. Become familiar with Lardeau Valley residents and communities and their needs regarding seniors services.

2b. Collate and distribute information in a variety of forms ( digitally, online, hard copy postings, etc).

2c. Create written and verbal reports on job activities and proposed developments for submission on a regular basis to the LINKS Board via the project coordinator.

3. Prepare a final report to be completed by May 15, 2016. Final payment for services will be provided once this report is received and accepted by the LINKS Board of Directors.


– Preference will be given to Lardeau Valley residents.

– Must have excellent communication skills, including ability to listen well and discuss needs and issues raised by service recipients and partners.

– Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality.

– Must have a warm, patient and empathetic manner with people from a variety of backgrounds and lifestyles..

– Must be able to work independently and complete tasks in a timely manner

– Must have excellent writing and note-taking skills.

– Must have excellent organizational skills and ability to maintain accurate records.

– A Criminal Record Check fromt he RCMP is required prior to starting the job.

– A valid drivers license and reliable vehicle is required.

– Must be physically able to walk short distances on roads or trails to access some homes.

Working conditions

– The successful applicant will work primarily from home and must have a home computer.

– The work may require attending residents’ homes or meetings in the Lardeau Valley or with partners in surrounding areas.

– Hours of work may fluctuate.

Please send letter of intent with previous related experience, knowledge of the area, and references to:

LINKS PO Box 194 Meadow Creek BC VOG1NO

or send by email to:  with “Coordinator Position” in subject line.

Applications will be accepted until 4pm on Tuesday May 12 2015.

This is a contract position of up to 4.5 hours a week (averaged); though hours may vary week to week.


Older posts about SNA…..:


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Two community meetings were held in late August and early September, with more good ideas and a narrowing of focus on the priorities LV residents see as needing to be addressed. A final report will be written and presented to the LINKS board by October, and the work on the Priorities List will then begin by late 2014.   for more info:

Overview and contact info to be part of the Seniors Needs Assessment project 2014-2016:

SNAInformationSheetMay10Final.doc – NeoOffice Writer


Lardeau Valley Seniors Needs Assessment Survey

Executive Summary


The Lardeau Valley Opportunity Links Society initiated a two year Seniors Needs Assessment Project in April of 2014 with funding provided by the Columbia Basin Trust. Phase 1 of the Project involved conducting a survey of Lardeau Valley residents regarding key issues requiring attention in order for seniors to remain in their homes functioning as vital community members. Phase 2 of the Project will explore ways to facilitate solutions to the identified issues.

The Seniors Needs Assessment began in May, 2014 with informational posters, web site and local Pennywise notices describing the purpose and methodology of the survey. Two hundred and twelve (212) surveys were mailed to residences in early June, with additional copies available for pick up at area stores and post offices by residents wishing to participate. The surveys were collected by July 18, 2014. There was a 25.5% response rate.

Follow up telephone conversations occurred with those recipients wishing to be contacted and two public meetings were held in August and September to provide initial results of the survey and invite further comments from participants. Comments from the surveys and public meetings comprise the results being reported.

About the Lardeau Valley

The Lardeau Valley is located at the north end of Kootenay Lake in the West Kootenay, British Columbia. The Lardeau Valley is a remote area with a total population of approximately 387 full time residents. This includes seven main communities (Lardeau, Cooper Creek, Meadow Creek, Howser, Hamill Creek, Argenta and Johnson’s Landing) as well as smaller ones such as Poplar Creek and Gold Hill. Gas stations and convenience stores are located in Cooper Creek and Meadow Creek. Meadow Creek is also the location of the sole restaurant. Three communities (Meadow Creek, Argenta and Johnson’s Landing) have community halls maintained by local associations with the assistance of the Regional District of Central Kootenay.

Lardeau Valley residents generally shop in Kaslo and/or Nelson, a distance of approximately 52 km and 120 km respectively, south on Highway 31. This translates as up to one and two hour trips one way on winding mountain roads. As with most of the Kootenays, winter driving can be treacherous and winter avalanches are not uncommon, temporarily cutting off travel for the majority of Lardeau Valley residents.

The area is home to several small mills, a timber construction company, skiing and wilderness resorts, organic market farms, professional artists and craftspeople, dedicated homesteaders and retirees. Residents tend toward independence and varying degrees of self-sufficiency. Communities are small and close knit.

Values Statement

The Seniors Needs Assessment Project has been undertaken in the belief that:

  • the sustainability of rural communities relies in large part on the vital engagement of the residents in common interests and activities.

  • Lardeau Valley residents share an interest and concern with the outdoors. Livelihoods and recreational activities incorporate homesteading, arts, forestry and resource development, animal husbandry, farming and gardening and various wilderness activities.

  • Local seniors hold a wealth of experience and knowledge that contributes to the ongoing well-being of the community as a whole.

  • Integration, not compartmentalization, of services will usually provide the most meaningful and effective access and delivery to rural recipients.

  • Creative and flexible responses are often required to effectively address individual needs in rural communities, and, at times, require stepping beyond traditional boundaries to achieve desired outcomes.

Summary of Survey Findings

Of the surveys returned, seniors (55 years of age or older) comprised 85% of the respondents. 74% of the respondents were between 55 and 75 years of age. Responses from men comprised 42% of the completed surveys while women comprised 53%.

The information gathered identified a wide range of concerns on how to support individuals to remain in community and to create more age friendly environments and services. Priority items will serve to focus the Project’s Phase 2 efforts to explore and implement solutions.

Three priority areas emerged from the Seniors Needs Assessment Survey. They were:

  • access to health care services,

  • access to non-medical home support services, and

  • transportation.

Secondary concerns pertained to:

  • outdoor spaces, and

  • access to service information.

The remaining survey categories of housing, social networks, finances and food security, while important, generated comments of lesser concern.


  1. Access to health care services:

    – Explore the possibility of coordinating appointments for Lardeau Valley residents at

    the Kaslo Primary Health Centre with available bus schedules.

    – Explore the possibility of a mobile laboratory conducting outreach services in the

    Lardeau Valley.

    – Explore the possibilities of outreach programs in the Lardeau Valley for other

    medical disciplines.

    – Investigate the establishment of Telehealth resources in the Lardeau Valley.

    – Work with Telus to improve back-up communication options in the Lardeau Valley

    during power failures.

  2. Access to non-medical home support services:

    – Explore the development of a range of home support services for those needing

    assistance (housekeeping, snow removal, firewood, etc.).

    – Explore the provision of meals using a local commercial kitchen.

  3. Transportation:

    – Explore the possibility of adjusting/expanding the Friday Shutty Bench bus run to

    include Howser and Argenta.

    – Develop local car-share opportunities.

    – Clarify the duties and expectations of bus drivers.

  4. Outdoor spaces:

    – Work with the Ministry of Transportation to address concerns regarding snow

    ploughing, sanding and repair and maintenance of roads in the Lardeau Valley area.

  5. Access to service information:

– Explore the possibility of establishing a Seniors Services and Information

Coordinator’s position to assist individuals in locating and accessing governmental

and local support services and information.

– Facilitate local presentation of various informational and educational workshops such

as computer skills, advance planning or falls prevention.

– Identify central locations in the area where information brochures and/or digital

information may be obtained.

In conclusion, there is much that can be accomplished through effective partnering with appropriate groups and organizations. The social services sector, health care providers, regional government services and private sector services need to coordinate their efforts to ensure service gaps and barriers are minimized. Working with neighbouring communities may avoid unnecessary duplication and maximize opportunities to coordinate efforts. It is hoped that initiatives undertaken in Phase 2 of the Seniors Needs Assessment Project will build a foundation for ongoing development of responsive and innovative services for Lardeau Valley residents and beyond.

The Lardeau Valley Opportunity Links Society wishes to thank all the survey and public meeting participants as well as the volunteers, contracted personnel and funders who have helped to realize this project.