May 2018 Business News

Emily Brydon Youth Foundation

The Emily Brydon Youth Foundation (EBYF) is a community-focused organization supporting the youth in the Elk Valley. Since its inception in 2006, EBYF has invested approximately $500,000 in the community helping hundreds of youth across various channels, activities, and programs. With each year the reach and impact grows and evolves, inspiring the organization to follow suit.

In 2017, EBYF processed more than 150 applications. Fundraising is essential in allowing the EBYF to continue its efforts, including the upcoming Summer Social this August 4 at the Fernie Golf Course Cast Iron Grill. In its third year, the Social is a great way for the EBYF to celebrate a fantastic year with the community, with live music, refreshments, and appetizers as well as a silent and live auction, live music. The winner of the FAR season pass will be chosen; tickets are currently available at the Scotia Bank and Guide’s Hut.

The Fernie Trails Alliance

The Fernie Trails Alliance (FTA) is an umbrella organization representing recreational groups that works with government and private landowners to enhance and maintain the Fernie trail network.

As the network expands, so does the maintenance. This spring, an effort is placed on cleaning blowdown from last fall’s windstorms. The FTA is offering a free Chainsaw Safety course at the COTR for volunteers interested. Brushing throughout the network, and continued improvements to the Stupid Traverse, Kushes, and Sherwoody Trails are also priorities.

New projects include building 8km of singletrack from Coal Discovery to Hosmer on the Elk Valley Trail, construction of an Inclusive Trail, widening of lower Uprooted, and completion of Contra – the flow trail. Projects in planning include the Epic and Fernie to Ski Hill trails. The FTA is also working with landowners to sort out potential liability issues, and motorized winter grooming permissions.

Support the FTA, get your FBMC membership and tickets to Trail Razr III this May!

The Fernie Legion
551 1st Ave

Remembrance, support, and community. These three words describe the hard-working volunteers at the Fernie Legion Branch #36.

They have recently added ‘rejuvenation’ to the list with a complete interior renovation. To coincide, they have welcomed new managers, Rachel Butterworth and Emma Polit, who bring with them a wealth of experience in hospitality, marketing, social media, website design, and most importantly, a love for our community. They are determined to help branch 36 thrive once again.
Rachel and Emma have hit the ground running with plans for many exciting events already in the works. Their aim is to promote Remembrance whilst bringing all generations together to help the Fernie Legion raise money to contribute back to our community.
The Grand Opening celebration for the Legion’s newly renovated space is on May 19. There will be a BBQ, drinks, and music! Everyone is welcome.

Memberships are always for sale.

Giv’Er Shirt works
672 2nd Ave

Giv’Er is pleased to announce its third bi-annual Giv’Er-Shirt-Away Competition. They are giving away another 50 shirts this June to a non-profit/charity organization in the Elk Valley. These shirts could be used for a fund-raising effort, an internal giveaway, staff shirts or some other awesome idea. The winning organization will get to print its own design with up to two colours!

How it works: in 25 words or less tell Giv'Er why your organization should win. It's that simple! Entry forms can be picked up at Giv’Er’s retail store starting May 1 and entries are due by May 30. The winner will be chosen by the Giv’Er staff and announced on Friday, June 1, 2018.

Giv’Er is excited to be helping those who help our fantastic community, so get creative with your entries and good luck to everyone!

Kootenay Game Changers
The Third Annual Kootenay Game Changer Awards is taking place this fall and beginning May 1 you are encouraged to nominate individuals, community groups, and organizations that are making a difference in your community. There are 14 categories: recognizing youth, families, seniors, health and wellness, education, protective services, food and agriculture, arts and culture, First Nations, outdoors and environment, sports and recreation, tourism, unsung heroes, and lifetime achievers. Voting is open until July 31, with the finalists announced September 1. Four finalists in each category are treated to a first-class dinner at St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino September 22, 2018 where one finalist will be recognized as one of this year’s Game Changers.

Voting is easy – visit, read through the criteria, and nominate those you feel deserve the recognition and are truly integral to the changes you see taking place around you.

Tara Higgins

This May the exhibit Home on the Range: Reflections of a Mountain Town by artist Tara Higgins will be on display at the Fernie Arts Station. Alongside this exhibit, the artist will be on hand for special events including the exhibit opening reception on May 3, a Round Table Discussion May 11 entitled “Why Art Matters,” and the “Bold Strokes” workshop held on May 26 and 27.

Bold Strokes is a fun, exploratory weekend workshop and a great opportunity to get your brush working for you. Learn to simplify your composition to get your point of interest across and to think abstract while staying true to the shape and form of the subject.

Oil and acrylic painters welcome. Tara will demonstrate technique, offer paint along studies, and help you work towards a finished piece by the end of the weekend.

$260 per person. Limit of six. Supply list available after sign up.