May 2011 Business News

photo: Ahead of the Curve - Bob Maudie

Ahead of the Curve, 250-423-3423
Ahead of the Curve Physiotherapy, the Elk Valley's physiotherapy expert for custom foot orthotics and advice on walking and running, is pleased to announce that as of May 1, Bob Maudie will be taking over the practice as owner/operator Heather Kerr starts her maternity leave.

Born and raised in Cranbrook, BC, Bob brings a wealth of experience and knowledge gained as a professional hockey player, half-ironman triathlete and recent PPP solo winner. Bob has been working at Fernie Physiotherapy since 2007, and is now putting a physiotherapist's university training and expert knowledge of joints, muscles and nerves to use for orthotic and gait rehab consultations. If you'd like to improve the feel of your walking or running, set up an appointment. No referral is required.

City of Fernie Tennis Club, 250-531-0080
Charlotte Willis, a new permanent resident of Fernie is starting tennis courses at the City of Fernie Tennis Club in James White Park providing full junior and adult programs over the summer. She is the newly appointed head coach, (CP1 qualified) and has volunteered as Community Champion for Fernie, which means Tennis BC is supporting her programs and providing junior equipment for those who get involved. She will be working with Jez Wheeler and Lucy Steele (assistant coaches).

Charlotte has over five years experience in running club programs, teaching kids from as young as three years old, adults, individual and groups. If you wish to obtain more information please pick up a program/application form from the Aquatic Centre or go to and click on tennis information to download the forms.

Elk Valley Relay For Life
The Elk Valley Relay for Life is rallying for teams and support again this spring and they’ve created a Facebook event to keep everyone up to date on what’s going on and to foster a platform for ideas to help us fight back against this disease and make this year’s Relay another successful, inspiring and fun event. Join the 2011 Relay For Life in the Elk Valley - a unique, empowering and unforgettable experience celebrating survivors, remembering loved ones and mobilising communities.

Volunteers are needed for event organizing committees, assistance with team recruitment and help on the day. Email for more details on entering a team, volunteering, or other ways to get involved.

FAST Fundraiser for Amanda Timm – Wheel the Difference at Baker Park, Calgary
Rodd Timm’s (coach of the Fernie Alpine Ski Team) niece Amanda Timm had a bad ski accident during the free ski competition in Fernie during the 2010/11 season. Amanda is now a paraplegic, learning to use a wheel chair. A fundraiser at COP Calgary this May 14 is being held to raise money for spinal cord research. Wheel the Distance is a three-hour team wheelchair relay along a 0.6km loop of the Calgary bike paths. The relay is ongoing from 1:30-4:30pm, with a follow up BBQ and silent auction at the COP Festival Tent. Visit for further details.

Fernie Ecogarden – Angel Garden,

The Angel Garden first came about after the loss of two Fernie babies. The devastation for the families concerned had a huge impact on the community and showed the power of community and its positive affect on those who have suffered. The vision is to create a beautiful, serene arbor garden providing a place that parents who have lost a child will be able to plant a perennial and sit and reflect in a peaceful environment. All community members will be welcome in this area.

Two individuals in the community known for their incredible crochet work, Rachel and Dee, are crocheting “Happy Souls” booties available for $15 at Grow, Womb to Grow or by emailing These stylish, fun and colorful booties not only make a beautiful gift, but 100% of the proceeds go to the Angel Garden. Donations are accepted at both stores, the EKCCU or by paypal through their site.

The Fernie Writers Conference,
The Fernie Writers’ Conference is an eight-day celebration of writers and writing culminating in a three-day festival with readings, panel discussions, songwriting performances and other events open to the public, adding to this summer’s community events. In 2010 the Conference offered two Youth Workshops, which sold out and received rave reviews from the youth that participated. Building on that success the Conference is offering four Youth Workshops this year.

For more information on The Youth Workshops and the Conference in general please visit If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer please email

Indigo Spa, 472 2nd Ave, Massage: 250-423-9499 - Esthetics: 250-430-7624
Indigo Spa, located in downtown Fernie (in the same building as Remax) is happy to welcome its newest esthetician, CIABC certified Leah Hill. Leah was born and raised in Fernie and would like to let both her existing Oasis Spa patrons and new clientele know that as of May 1 she will be working out of Indigo Spa. She is also pleased to announce that she is bringing two product lines with her that are not available anywhere else in Fernie: Eminence Organics and SpaRitual. The spa is open Tuesday through Saturday on an on-call basis so please call for an appointment today. Renee Brunel RMT, Ingrid Erickson (esthetics) and Leah look forward to hearing from you soon.