May 2016 New Business

Elk Valley Homsteading

A group of Fernie locals are asking fruit tree owners to sink their teeth into a new gleaning project. They're asking fruit tree owners who can't pick all their fruit to contact the Elk Valley Homesteading group to have volunteers harvest all their fruit. Fruit tree owners and volunteer pickers will be given a share of the pickings, any excess fruit will be donated to local farmers for livestock feed. There are vast amounts of apple and pear trees in Fernie, and if left unpicked this fruit becomes a hazardous bear attractant.

An organized effort to redistribute this free food source has gone largely untouched, it is the goal of this project to reduce the amount of fruit that goes to waste each year attracting unwanted bears in to town.

Volunteers are still needed to spearhead this program, if you're interested in getting involved contact Rachel Dortman at or call 250-423-8665.

Little Me Playcare
521 4th Ave

There is a new type of Early Education in Fernie for children ages 3-5. Little Me Playcare is now open and accepting registrations for summer.


In September, they will be offering a pre-kindergarten program, which follows the same calendar as the public school system and operates from 8:45am-3:15 pm, Monday- Thursday. Four, two and single day options are available.

It is Little Me Playcare’s goal to offer each child the experiences that will lay their foundation to lifelong learning. It is proven that children who attend an Early Childcare Education Program are better developed socially and intellectually when they enter the public school system, which in turn leads to better school performance, and eventually a more successful life.

Current summer hours are 8:30am-4:30pm. Full days and half days are available. Contact them directly at, or they encourage you to visit at the Fernie Family Centre where the program will run.


Curtis Dekker has been calling Fernie home for the past ten years. He moved here from Calgary, where he was studying at SAIT to earn his ticket as a journeyman automotive service technician.

Recently, Curtis decided it was time to pursue his dream of owning his own shop. He began by doing basic work out of his garage, helping friends and locals work on their vehicles, boats, snowmobiles, and more. With hard work and support from the community, Curtis opened DekAutos - a full service auto-repair shop located in West Fernie.

Curtis is dedicated to providing honest and dependable service. He has had experience working at Dodge, Honda, and Chevy GMC dealerships, as well as several independent garages. To book an appointment with Curtis for all light duty vehicle and small engine repair, call 250-423-9075 or email

The Eirin Amundsen Memorial Pavilion Committee

The Eirin Amundsen Memorial Pavilion Committee plans to construct an all-encompassing multi-user shade structure to upgrade and complete the recreation infrastructure at Max Turyk playing fields.

This pavilion will serve as a legacy piece in honor of Eirin Amundsen, a valued coach and member of Fernie Youth Soccer Association and Registered Nurse who was killed tragically in a motor vehicle accident January 07, 2015. 

The Committee is asking for support from residents and business owners in Fernie and surrounding communities to raise funds to make Eirin’s memorial a reality. If you or your group would like to contribute to the Eirin Amundsen Memorial Pavilion, please email or donate in the following ways:

·        GoFundMe:

·        City of Fernie: Account Name Eirin Amundsen

Thank you in advance for your consideration of supporting a long lasting legacy piece in memory of Eirin Amundsen.