October 2023 Business News

Bark Backcountry Aid and Rescue Kit (BARK)

BARK offers in-person courses through Walks N Wags Pet First Aid, the largest and longest standing Pet First Aid program in Canada. This comprehensive course is applicable to both dog and cat owners. Interested in participating? No previous animal first aid experience is needed. Dogs are welcome!  

What information is included in a First Aid Course? 

Immediate steps to take in an emergency • How to complete a Head to Toe assessment • How to safely approach, restrain and transport an injured animal • Recognition of signs of common illness and injury • How to handle various bleeding wounds • Bone injuries • Choking skills • Artificial Respiration + CPR • Poisoning • Burns • Hypothermia • Heat exhaustion • Strong emphasis on prevention of illness and injury, and more. 

BARK is hosting a pet first aid course in Fernie this November 11. Visit barkfirstaid. ca/event-details/walks-n-wags-pet-first-aid-certification-course-3 to register. 

Caregivers Network

The Caregivers Network for East Kootenay Seniors is a registered non-profit society that has been providing support to family caregivers for over 17 years by providing a toll-free line, education, print material, and support groups. Caregivers are the family or friends who give unpaid care to a loved one. They are the quiet, unseen cogs in our medical system that many East Kootenay residents depend upon for their continued health and happiness. 

Please encourage anyone who is caregiving and feeling overwhelmed to call the Caregivers Network for East Kootenay Seniors and get support.  

The Elk Valley Caregiver Support group now meets in Fernie at CBAL(402 Hwy 3, unit 1A) on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 2 pm. For more info contact Marianne Agnew, Elk Valley Caregiver Support Facilitator, email Info@caregiversnetworkek.com, call 1-877-489-7044, or visit them on Facebook @ Caregivers Network for East Kootenay Seniors.

Diary of a Race
Fernie Seniors Centre, 562 3rd Ave

This summer local resident Lucy Eykamp challenged one of bike packing’s most prestigious races - the Tour Divide. Beginning in Banff, AB June 9, 2023, Lucy was one of 200 participants at the startline, and one of 20 Women and non-binary riders. 

The race runs from Banff, Canada to Antelope Wells on the US-Mexican border, following the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route with athletes riding completely self-supported. On average, the time to complete this route is three weeks, being known as one of the most challenging mountain bike time trials out there. Lucy reached Antelope Wells on July 4, capturing 11th with the most female finishers the event has ever had. 25 days of ups and downs and in her own words, “by far the hardest, most difficult and challenging adventure I have taken on.” 

Lucy is sharing her journey with our community to inspire and encourage others to push and believe in themselves. All are welcome to a Diary of a Race at the Fernie Seniors Centre, October 13 from 6:30-8pm. 

Fernie School Aged Care
Fernie School Aged Care is pleased to announce their new program manager, Jenna Rybachuk. Jenna has been a part of FSAC summer camps since 2014 and comes to the program with a wealth of knowledge and experience. She will spend time training alongside the current manager, Jamie to ensure a smooth transition.

Jamie has been with FSAC for eight years. Everyone involved is so grateful to have had such an amazing and long-term manager run the program. It is so important for childcare facilities to have consistent and reliable educators and Fernie School Aged Care provides that for their attending families. 

Good luck to Jamie, you will be greatly missed. And welcome, Jenna. We are excited to have you on board! 

Tunnel49 Automotive
802 Hwy 3 #101, 250-423-5008

Automotive possibilities have been significantly upgraded with the introduction of Tunnel49 Automotive, the newest addition to our community.

With a dedicated team of automotive experts, Tunnel49 has opened its doors to serve Fernie’s residents and passing through tourists. From regular maintenance, complex repairs, automotive accessories and tires, Tunnel49 Automotive is your go-to destination for all things auto. They’re more than just a garage, they are passionate about ensuring your vehicle runs smoothly and exceeds all expectations.

Join them on this thrilling journey as they raise Fernie’s automotive scene to new heights. Tunnel49 Automotive is here to drive your passions and keep your wheels turning smoothly. Welcome to a new world of automotive excellence in Fernie!