March Business news

City of Fernie, 501 3rd Ave 250-423-6817
In 2004 a committee was formed to honour Fernie’s heritage. After much research and discussion, a plan was formulated and presented to council and the City became an integral partner to the project, particularly because the exhibit will be placed on the front lawn of City Hall. This building was the original Crows Nest Coal Company office and is an important artifact of mining history in Fernie.

The title of the exhibit is “Miner’s Walk, the Faces of Coal” and it will be comprised of six stations that play on the word “face” to refer to both people and coal, past, present and future. It will be both educational and interactive, including sections featuring artwork by local students and artisans. There is also the opportunity for individuals or families to be a part of the exhibit by purchasing a brick with their name to be included in the walk, which in turn will help fund the project.

The focal point of the Miner’s Walk will be the free forming sculptures that make up the face of a miner with a lamp. The goal is for the face to come into view as you walk about in “a startling and wondrous way,” says counsillor Mary Giuliano. This exhibit will not only share a piece of Fernie’s history, it will provide a unique experience for both residents and locals. For information on the brick program call 250-423-4009.

Elk Valley Hospital Foundation, 250-423-6844

This foundation is comprised of a small group of people that meet the first Monday of the month to raise funds and awareness for the Elk Valley Hospital. All ages, interests and backgrounds are welcome to help out in the endeavour, and they are always looking for new ideas and inspiration for events and fund raising opportunities.

Its highest profile event is the annual gala, coming up March 26. This year’s theme is Mexican Fiesta. The festivities begin at 6pm and include drinks, appetizers, live and silent auctions, a 50/50 draw along with an amazing band for dancing into the evening. Tickets are $125 per couple or $75 per person. The foundation hopes to use the money to purchase an infant resuscitator/warmer. In the past funds have been used to purchased an emergency room ultrasound, maternity bed, behr blankets, glide scope, trauma stretchers, intravenous pumps, and more. It’s important to recognize that the foundation has an agreement with Interior Health that ensures all purchases remain in our hospital. A great cause, check out the gala or consider helping out by joining the team. For more information contact Margo Pickard, Chair of the Elk Valley Hospital Foundation.

Estevan “Strippers” Hockey Club, 1-306-634-2459
John Frank has been coming to Fernie since the late eighties when his family purchased a condo in Ridgemont and continues to visit our community to this day. He is a member of the Estevan “Strippers” – a hockey club in a coal mining town much like our own. Each year they host a tournament that has grown to 28 teams, around 450 hockey players, which includes a cabaret that attracts over 600 people. As one of the main prizes, the Strippers give away an all inclusive trip to Fernie. “Because our community is similar to Fernie in that we are both coal towns and 'strip' the overburden from the coal seam, our hockey club adopted the name "Strippers" and the fit with Fernie made sense for our prize,” says Frank. This club raises between $3-8000 annually, donating proceeds to many local organizations in their community. Frank and other members of the Strippers are calling on local businesses to donate for this prize! The tournament takes place over the last weekend in March, and Frank and crew believe it’s a great marketing tool for Fernie and businesses involved. Get in touch directly for more information or to donate.

Sarah Spring Photography, 250-531-3430

Sarah Spring of Sarah Spring Photography has recently joined a charity foundation which provides free professional photography to families with children who have a life altering diagnosis, disease, or disability. The Tiny Light Foundation finds photographers across Canada to volunteer their time offering photo sessions that cater specifically to each particular child with a mission to capture memories and give families one less thing to worry about.

For more information visit or get in touch with Sarah directly.

Womb to Grow Boutique & Support Centre, 592 3rd Ave 250-423-3303

Tanya Malcolm of Womb To Grow Boutique & Support Centre has added postpartum support to her list of mother friendly services. Babymoon supports families by caring for parents. She takes on cleaning, cooking, and childcare while you rest. Postpartum doulas provide emotional and physical support, and information about breastfeeding and baby care. For more information please visit