May 2013 Business News

Fernie Francophone School

Temperatures are on their way up and so are the prospects for Fernie's newest school, a francophone (French-language) school to open its doors in September. The Conseil Scolaire Francophone (CSF - School District 93, voted unanimously in February to open this public program, provided that registrations and a suitable location were in place. Starting in 2013, this yet-to-be-named school will have levels K-2, with the addition of at least one grade with every passing year. The CSF may bring changes to its school admission policy so that children whose parents learned French later in life may be admitted as well to benefit from the language, culture, small class sizes and family atmosphere of francophone schooling.

Meanwhile, AFRoS continues to host drop-in, free-of-charge preschool programs for ages 0-6 that are in French but open to families of all backgrounds.

For more information visit, email or call 250-430-7047.

Fernie Pets Society
The Fernie Pets Society is excited to announce SniP – its new Spay Neuter incentive Program. This subsidized program offers low cost spay/neuter surgeries to qualified cat owners. It also provides free spay/neuter for feral cats and homeless cats that are being fostered while awaiting adoption.

The goal of this program is to curb the number of homeless cats in the City of Fernie. Spaying and neutering cats to prevent pregnancies is the foundation of effective animal control.

The Society depends on donations and grants to provide programs such as this. To learn more about supporting the Fernie Pets Society, visit Here you will also find more details on this program, along with an online application form for a spay/neuter voucher. Participating veterinary clinics include A Country Animal Hospital, Eureka MT; Cranbrook Veterinary Hospital, Cranbrook; Mountain Vista Veterinary Services, Eureka MT; Steeples Veterinary Clinic, Cranbrook; and Tanglefoot Veterinary Services, Cranbrook.

Fernie Museum Project

The Fernie Museum Project is on the home stretch. This three-phase project to create a permanent home for the Fernie Museum & Info Centre started in 2009, when the City of Fernie purchased the Home Bank building (BC Hydro) and leased it to the Historical Society for this purpose. A pragmatic approach was taken creating three achievable phases.

Phase 1- Interior renovation to bring the building up to code, including new electrical, plumbing and insulation and the installation of an accessibility lift inside the main and 2nd floor original bank vaults.
Phase 2 - Design, fabricate and install a Core Exhibit showcasing Fernie’s early history on the main floor.
Phase 3- Repair and restoration of the building’s exterior.

With the completion of both phase 2 and 3 this year, the Historical Society is excited to celebrate the project’s finality and its positive impact on the Fernie community with a party this fall. The AGM will be held at the end of May – attend to enjoy tea, refreshments, and discover more about the core exhibit and how you can get involved.