May 2016 Business News

Elk Valley Hospice
250-423-4453 ext. 309

May 1 is National Hospice Palliative Care Week. Hospice has been active in Fernie for nearly 15 years. Yet, many people are not aware this or don’t know what hospice is.

The Elk Valley Hospice is a support network. Volunteers support individuals and their families during end-of-life experiences. Death is scary, heartbreaking, and unavoidable. We will all face it someday. Thanks to the selfless efforts of Hospice volunteers, our community doesn’t have to face it alone. 

Trained hospice volunteers will sit as a listening ear or a quiet companion. They also offer grief support. Hospice support can be in the home, hospital, or even over the phone. EV Hospice is always looking to improve and increase its services. The Hike for Hospice fundraiser will take place in Fernie May 29 to help raise awareness and funds for our services.

For more information, call EV Hospice directly or email

The Elk Valley Hospital
1501 5th Ave

The Elk Valley Hospital is grateful for its community of volunteers.

The Elk Valley Foundation held a Griz Days Stomp on March 4, 2016 raising $15,000 towards a ventilator. “It was so successful we are already planning next year’s event,” says Pat Moore, President. Key members of this group include Aysha Haines, Melissa Leslie, Teri Doka and Diane Stothers.

Elk Valley Hospice recently opened “The Crossing,” a hospice information/coffee kiosk in the lobby of the hospital increasing public awareness amd bringing forward much needed additional volunteers. While some support clients during end-of-life, others support awareness and fundraising. Both are invaluable and are the essence of this organization.

Red Cross volunteers run the equipment loan cupboard, set up at the hospital open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11am -1pm.

Candy Glover knits hats for all newborn babes born at the Elk Valley Hospital.

Together, these volunteers and organizations provide great support for the Elk Valley Hospital and the communities it serves.

Fernie Forest Preschool
44 Mt Washburn St.

The Fernie Forest Preschool, run by Creative Minds Preschool, welcomes you to join their class for the September 2016-2017 year. They are currently accepting 4 year olds into the Tuesday/ Thurs afternoon forest school program.

The Fernie Forest Preschool is a non-profit, licensed preschool with experienced, registered ECE’s trained in play-based Forest School curriculum. Nutritious snacks are provided by the preschool, and an indoor classroom is available for safety and extreme weather conditions. There is an onsite outdoor classroom, on the Max Turyk grounds, and the program provides individual and group playtime experiences.

Creative Minds Preschool is also taking registration for children 30 months and on.

“Let’s explore nature, together!” Visit for more information.

Fernie Heritage Library
493 3 Ave

Sometimes our darkest fears haunt us until we explore them. This was the case when local writer and Fernie Fix contributor Shelby Cain was coming up with the idea for her first novel, Mountain Girl. Shelby grew up in nearby Cranbrook and spent many hours running on the trails that crisscrossed through the forest near her home. She often wondered what might happen if she ran into somebody who had bad intentions – would anyone hear her cries for help? The seed for her psychological thriller was planted. Mountain Girl is the story of a teenaged girl, Krissy Mathews, who is taken while running on a remote trail and forced to live in a desolate cabin in the mountains with her kidnapper - a rejected young man tired of living alone and desperate for a companion. Four years later Krissy returns to her home town with a husband, a very sick child, and a lot of unanswered questions.

Angie Abdou writes, "Mountain Girl is a thrilling romp that teems with recklessness, obsession, and desire.”

Mountain Girl is being published by Oolichan Press, and launching June 2 at 7pm at the Fernie Heritage Library. Everyone is welcome to come hear Shelby speak about writing Mountain Girl, and get your book signed by the author!

Fernie Mountain Bike Club

Guess what? It’s 2016 and that means it’s time to renew your FMBC membership. Wondering where your hard earned donated dollars are going? Well, every single cent is spent on the trails as the organization is run by a board of hard working, bicycle loving volunteers.  

What do you get with your FMBC membership? A super cool sticker, access to club races including multiple 2nee races, Project 9, High Roller, Dirt Diggler, Wam Bam Dirt Jump Jam and Little Critter Criteriums. As well, discounts on hip FMBC clothing, fun emails and over 400km of the best singletrack this side of the Mississippi.  

How do I get a membership? Online at or at the Bike Blitz, May 28. Proof of membership stickers available at the Bike Blitz or at one of the awesome Fernie bike shops. Corporate memberships available, and provide logos and links online.

Only through your support will trails happen!

Fernie Women on Wheels

Since the first Fernie Women on Wheels (FWoW) ride took place three years ago, the group (over 300 members and up to 28 women on a ride) has ridden almost all the trails around Fernie, enjoyed many après evenings and most importantly encouraged women to get out on their bikes.

FWoW meets every Wednesday night (weather pending), breaking into ability levels, for a no-drop guided ride. The group started from the desire for women’s specific rides where skill building, fun and encouragement are the focus. Ladies are asked to have some singletrack experience for the rides. When able, they offer novice nights, bike and trail maintenance and skill building sessions.

FWoW is part of the Fernie Mountain Bike Club, riders require a current membership and must sign a waiver. Rides generally start mid-May, for up to date information join the Fernie Women on Wheels Facebook page. Have questions? Want to volunteer? Email