April 2020 New Business

Martin Hart - Senda Verde Wildlife Sanctuary

In June of 2019, Maarten Hart, a retired Fernie veterinarian, spent the month at Senda Verde Wildlife Sanctuary in Bolivia.

During that time, Maarten worked as a volunteer veterinarian in the clinic with two other Bolivian Vets. Senda Verde is home to 835 rescued animals, representing 64 species. “The range of animals treated is vast as the majority of animals that occur in the Amazon are represented at the refuge - everything from Spider Monkeys to large Jaguars, bears, Andean Eagles, Owls, and hundreds of parrots,” says Maarten.

Since returning, Maarten has begun efforts to raise money for an x-ray machine for the sanctuary. The current political and social situation in Bolivia has had a serious impact on Senda Verde and every bit of support helps. Maarten will personally bring the machine to Bolivia to ensure it is delivered and set up properly. To help Maarten in these efforts, visit gofundme.com/f/andean-eagleneeds- help.

Kootenay Learning Campus
802 2nd Ave

Kootenay Learning Campus (KLC) is a new School District #5 facility located in downtown Fernie. This fully renovated building offers numerousservices. There are three meeting/ workshop/training spaces which can be rented out to community, business, and industry groups by the hour, half-day or full-day. Each room houses state of the art technology that can facilitate video meetings and electronic presentations. Wi-Fi, printing access, and a self-catering kitchen are all part of the rentals. KLC also has a café style coworking space, offered through monthly subscriptions, with access to all of the same services.

KLC is also a continuing education centre for students and adults over 16 years of age who are looking for high school credits, course upgrading, or are looking to graduate. KLC is also the place to find online courses for students still in high school, grades K-12. Drop in to see what it is about!

NOTE: Unfortunately KLC is now closed due to current conditions, but you can email them at kds.mailing@sd5. bc.ca for more information on when they will be open again.