March 2020 Business News

Canada Revenue Agency Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

Is your income under $45,000 for families and $35,000 for individuals? The CRA community volunteer income tax program can help you file your 2018 income tax. Volunteers will be available March and April on Saturdays and and Tuesdays.

Saturday clinics start March 7 at the Heritage Library board room, from 1-4pm until April 25. Tuesday clinics begin March 3 at the Fernie Senior’s Centre in the back room from 11am-2:30pm until April 28. Bring your 2018 Notice of Assessment and 2019 information slips.

Contact Terry 250-423-4905, Bill 250-423-4758 or John at 250-423-7063 with any questions or if you need to meet at another time or place.

Dominion Lending Centres - East Kootenay Mortgage
462 2nd Ave

Dominion Lending Centres  - East Kootenay Mortgage located in downtown Fernie has been ensuring home owners of the Elk Valley have had access to all mortgage products available at the lowest rates and best terms for 18 years. 

Zonya Knooihuizen offers everyone including non-residents and those who are new to Canada more choice and access to hundreds of mortgage products. As a result, her clients benefit from the trust, confidence and security of knowing they are getting the best mortgage for their needs.

Whether you're purchasing a home for the first time, taking out equity from your home for investment or pleasure, or your current mortgage is simply up for renewal, Zonya can assist you in making an educated decision with professional unbiased advice.

For more information visit or email

Fernie Wood Finishing
1542B 10th Ave
In the light industrial area of the Annex, Fernie Wood Finishing found a home. Five years ago, after an extensive remodel to what once was a commercial laundry, Michele Kremer opened her doors providing the custom builders in Fernie with the option of pre-finishing their doors and trim.

As a Red Seal Cabinetmaker and with a BFA degree from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Michele brings a fine eye and the hand of a craftsperson to every piece of wood that moves though the shop. Her finishing jobs have ranged from custom tables for the Urban Settler to the floors of Nevados to numerous trim packages in the new homes of Montane and the Cedars.

With the capacity to deliver a perfect finish from her shop to the special needs of on-site finishing, Michele meets the divergent needs of both local contractors and residents.

Gina Rino Fernie Family Acupuncture 
571b 2nd Ave
Gina Rino, born and raised in Fernie, BC recently moved back to her hometown with her husband to raise their daughters. She has opened a family acupuncture practice at Inside Out Wellness and with 20 years in the field, she has experience in all facets of acupuncture.

Gina has closely studied women’s issues surrounding fertility and menopause and is equipped to track a women’s needs from childbearing to post pregnancy to change of life. Moreover, her specialized studies in prolotherapy gives her a well-rounded approach inclusive of both men and women. She also offers vitamin therapies, ozone and scar reduction treatments.

Gina is glad to be back in the mountains and passionate about growing her practice and presenting families with options and an alternative choice in their healthcare and wellness program. 

Evening, weekend, and online bookings available at

Mother Nature Doulas
Mother Nurture Doulas is excited to welcome Jade Elford to its team.

Jade is passionate about family, friends, the outdoors, and everything about birth. Her journey to becoming a doula was paved through her own birthing journeys which included a wonderful midwife assisted water birth where she felt loved, supported, informed, connected, strong and confident. After this birth in particular Jade found herself hoping for all women to have a birth that not only gave them a healthy baby but also the confidence and intuition to navigate the early days of motherhood.

Jade is honoured to join Mother Nurture Doulas, and is currently completing her doula certification with DONA International with goals to complete further training in Spinning Babies optimal fetal positioning. “I look forward to supporting Elk Valley families as they welcome their beautiful babies.”

To arrange a free meeting, contact Mother Nurture Doulas directly. @ferniedoula,

RR#1 Hwy 3
Sparwood, BC

Teck is committed to supporting an inclusive and diverse workplace that recognizes and values difference.

Teck recognizes that their diversity—the many different and unique things that are individually and collectively brought to work each day—contributes to building a stronger workforce and makes Teck a better company. As such, they consciously work to create an environment that respects and values the diversity of the people and communities around us.

Teck proudly employ 1,516 women in the Elk Valley and have partnered with various local, national and international organizations and programs aimed at supporting increased diversity within our industry and beyond such as the Minerva Foundation, Women in Mining Canada Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and many more. 

Their focus on inclusion and diversity aligns with their company’s core values of integrity and respect.

Thunder Meadows Health and Wellness
632 2nd Ave

Laurie Sibbeston, registered acupuncturist, is now a certified acudetox specialist. She is currently practicing out of thunder Meadows massage and wellness. Ear acupuncture is an extremely effective treatment that can help with symptoms of anxiety, stress, ptsd, trauma and addictions. It is an extremely safe and non invasive treatment that involves five tiny needles in the ear. It is commonly used in trauma relief and group healing settings such as addiction treatment centres.  

Laurie will be learning and volunteering over the next couple of weeks in Nicaragua for people experiencing PTSD due to civil unrest. If you're interested in trying it or are interested in knowing how it can be incorporated into a community based program please contact her at Thunder Meadows Massage and Wellness.

Wild Heart Therapies and Farmacy
561M Hwy 3

After practicing in Alberta for five years, Dr Tricia Breckon, Naturopathic Doctor, is joining the team at Wild Heart Therapies and Farmacy as Director of the Pain Management Program. 

Dr. Breckon is passionate about helping people who are suffering from acute/chronic pain to reduce or relieve symptoms so they can get back to living an active life. For the past two years, she has been mentoring with one of the top NDs in the field in Calgary. She will be bringing exciting new and effective therapies to the clinic, including regenerative medicine treatments such as prolotherapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Dr. Breckon was born and raised in Fernie (nee Palmer) and is looking forward to returning to her hometown and serving the community that helped shape who she is today. She will start seeing patients in April. To book an appointment, please call the clinic.