October 2021 Business News

Branch Out Learning Society
44 Mt Washburn St

Branch Out Learning Society is a non-profit supporting families and individuals in the Elk Valley Communities.  

Branch Out Society’s vision is to provide support to Elk Valley families and individuals who experience challenges in learning and/or behaviour, or those who struggle with cognitive or developmental disability to access any service which may be needed to achieve their best possible quality of life without limitation due to finances. That services available in communities should be accessible, with ease, to every person and family in need. 

Branch Out Society believes that supporting the individuals within our communities is the only way to build a stronger community. Stay tuned for Branch Out and Elk Valley Society for Community Living’s upcoming shared 50/50 fundraiser. 

For applications and more information please visit branchoutlearningtherapy.com/about.

Danyal Taylor Film and Photography

Danyal Taylor is a professional photographer and adventurer located in the stunning town of Fernie, BC. Last year Danyal debuted his first calendar devoted to beautiful photos taken in Fernie and within the valley. He just released his 2022 calendar for sale! Sized 11x17, it will contain 12 beautiful photos for each month of the year. These will make great Christmas gifts for friends and family, especially those secret Santa gifts. 

There are only a limited quantity printed, be sure to get yours as they sold out quickly last year.  Visit danyaltaylor.ca to purchase your copy or to learn more. 

Fernie Sports Co

The Fernie Junior Tennis Tournament, hosted by Fernie Sports Co. was held Saturday September 11. As a significant date in modern history, Fernie Sports Co. acknowledged and showed respect to the victims and families in the tournament briefing and throughout the day. There were nearly 30 entrants and despite a rain delay, there were dry courts and great weather for all the matches.  

It was a team effort by all coaches, parents, players, sponsors and friends. Special thanks to the parents who stepped on court to act as umpires and to the sponsors - Ryan Frazer Properties, White Ladder Painting, Edge of the World, Giv’er Shirt Works, Big Bang Bagels, the Bridge Bistro and the tournament photographer, Emily Park. 

The players made all coaches and parents proud. Wonderful attitudes, great spirit on court and some fantastic tennis, were all on display. For results, visit @fernietenniscoaching on Facebook. 

Fernie Trails Alliance

The Fernie Trails Alliance (FTA) had a busy season. Many accomplishments were achieved including hiring a paid trail crew, new trails and success with the Fernie Trails Pass. 

Thanks to Columbia Basin Trust’s Job Experience Trail Crew grant, the FTA hired its first paid trail crew. One supervisor and four trail crew members were hired to work alongside the Trail Manager. 
The trail network saw the addition of a new Fairy Creek hiking trail, the very popular Trail Dogs flow trail and uptrack, and FloReka Part 6. Improvements were made to the existing trail Al Matador, Far Side got a replacement (name to come!), and Mount Proctor hiking trail is in fantastic shape with new traverses and switchbacks.

The new Fernie Trails Pass was a great success. There was a steady stream of passes purchased during the summer including a number of day use and weekend passes.

Freshies Café
601-a 2nd Ave

You’ve likely seen a lot of changes at Freshies Café at the Huckleberry Plaza in downtown Fernie. There’s more to come! Starting October 22, they will be extending their hours Fridays and Saturdays until 
7:30pm and offering a small, curated list of BC wines alongside three café inspired cocktails. They will also be expanding their food menu on these days to include charcuterie boards featuring Canadian cheeses and BC artisanal products. 

Manager Ben Ingle says, “It’s going to be a great place to grab a pre-dinner drink, or to come and truly connect with your friends or family without a giant tv screen to distract from the conversation.”
Freshies will also be available for private bookings! Follow them on Facebook @freshiesferniecafe or visit freshiesfernie.com for more details. 

Giv’Er Shirt Works

After almost 18 years in business in downtown Fernie, Giv’Er Shirt Works purchased its own commercial building to base operations out of. Starting December 1, 1542 10th Ave will be Giv’Er’s new home and owners Erin and Kieran Summers couldn’t be more excited. 

Things will look a little different. Giv’Er will cease operations of its front retail store, focusing on screen printing and embroidery and evolving its wholesale operations to meet the needs of clients. Don’t worry, Giv’Er is in the process of partnering with a few choice Fernie retail stores to sell your favourite designs. 

Stay tuned to Giv’Er’s social media channels for exciting updates, photos of the new space and just general good times. 

“We look forward to continuing to serve the Elk Valley and beyond with the best quality screen printed and embroidered apparel. Just from a new location,” says Kieran. 

iWe3 Coaching

After 25 years in the energy industry, Jim Anderson stepped away to experience the world through the eyes of his three-year old.

This time away from work, Jim says, was pivotal in launching him on a new path forward. A path beginning with the creation of iWe3 Coaching.

An accomplished industry leader and committed learner, Jim has witnessed the value of coaching, both for individuals and for organizations. It is often through being seen, heard and understood that people achieve far beyond what was thought possible. Now, as a certified executive coach, Jim partners with evolving leaders to propel them forward. Through transformative coaching conversations, he helps clients respond to challenges in ways that allow them to achieve their own professional and personal potential.

Are you open to thought-provoking questions? Discovering the insights needed to create your own path to learning and growth? Contact Jim via his site to learn more.