October 2015 Business News

Lion’s Club Demolition Derby Fundraiser

Fun and philanthropy came together again at the recent Demolition Derby held Labour Day weekend. Robert Fooks and Anne Fraleigh organized a group of engaged and Fernie-loving Calgarians to build and enter a car in the annual Valley event with the intention of raising funds for charity.

Fernie Fix readers may recall the group's entry last year that netted just over $6,000, which was shared between the Fernie Hospital Foundation and a scholarship fund started by Fooks at his BC high school. Thanks to the hard work and generosity of many, the group again surpassed the $6,000 mark, which this year will be split between the scholarship fund and the Fernie Trails Alliance. From the start it was always the organizers' intention to give something back to the community that makes Fernie such a great destination, and they felt that the FTA fit the bill perfectly.

Emily Brydon Youth Foundation

The Emily Brydon Youth Foundation has become a pillar of the community because of the people, businesses and passion that is imbedded within the Valley and surrounding area.

To date, EBYF has invested over $310,000 in the community through its support of youth. Over 700 applicants, who have participated in over 55 different activities, have been processed to date. This could not have been done without the support and generosity of our community.

The EBYF annual golf tournament is the key fundraiser for the foundation. EBYF has been incredibly lucky to have generous, fun and loyal supporters and donors. After an amazing ten years, the golf tournament is heading into retirement to make room for something new and different.

The foundation is stronger than ever.  The needs are urgent and real. The Emily Brydon Youth Foundation will live on for years to come. Thank you for making the dreams of many come true.

Evolution Health and Fitness
1192 8th Ave

Scott Cownden, owner of Evolution Health and Fitness in Fernie, BC is consistently amazed by the incredible work and dedication of the Fernie Trails Alliance (FTA).  

“I enjoy mountain biking, hiking/running, and snowshoeing all our local trails and have seen an immense improvement in maintenance and trail structure since I arrived in Fernie in 2001.”

This fall, Scott is beginning to focus Evolution's charitable donations on local organizations including the FTA. “Rather than just drawing up a random cheque each year, I thought it would be fun to put a ‘SPIN’ on it...whereby for every spin participant Evolution sees we donate 20 cents to the FTA.”

Last season Evolution saw 3675 participants in SPIN classes, which would be $735. They are keen to see what they can raise this year! Visit www.evolutionhealth.ca for the current schedule and to sign up.

Key City Theatre

This October, the Key City Theatre is hosting a Night at the Opera with Antonin Dvorak’s Rusalka – a lyrical fairy tale opera.

Charles Kalas, who is playing Rusalka’s father, has taken on the task of bringing opera to Golden and Cranbrook. Charles grew up in the Czech Republic as the son of a successful opera singer based in Prague. Although he moved to Canada as an electrical engineer, he continues to pursue his passion of the arts by performing small concerts. His first complete opera was at last year’s Summer Opera Festival in Halifax, where he performed Rusalka.

Primary cast members are travelling from as far away as New York, Boston and Cincinnati. “We have also recruited local dancers from Stages School of Dance as well as two local singers, Courtney Green and Dana Hudson, to participate in the show,” says Charles.

Show is October 3 at 7pm. $20 for adults, $10 for children available online or at the door.

Thunder Meadows Massage Therapy

Rebecca Vaughan is a BC RMT at Thunder Meadows Massage Therapy in Fernie, her passion is providing treatment and education of women's' health issues for the East Kootenays.

Breast cancer treatment often leads to chronic and debilitating upper limb dysfunction and pain. Rebecca now has the advanced skills to help patients who are suffering from post-surgical complications. Using fascial release, neuro-muscular release and lymphatic drainage she hopes to make your recovery more successful and comfortable.  Online booking is available for your convenience.

Zmurchyk Family Thanks
The Zmurchyk family would like to thank many in the community of Fernie for the kindness, prayers and continued support for their son, Zander.

Zander has overcome many obstacles due to a stroke and brain aneurism suffered soon after birth. After multiple surgeries and long stays in hospital, he continues to be a happy and resilient baby.

Parents Ashley and Jeremy feel grateful for their community of support. Fernie is continually helping families going through similar issues, which allows the family to focus on the task at hand. Friends of Children was an organization that really stepped up to help the family.

They encourage everyone to visit heartandstroke.com to learn more about the signs of a stroke, and what to do if one occurs.