September 2017 Business News

Fifteen artists from Fernie and area created an amazing selection of original work for outdoor appreciation during the Wapiti Music Festival at the second annual ArtExpo. At their leisure, festival goers could walk around the easels to browse the artworks and then vote for their favourite piece. Fernie has an amazing diversity of talented artists ready to be discovered beyond our community. Organized by Sandra Boer and Bob Bougie, ArtExpo celebrates this talent and provides artists with an opportunity to have their work appreciated by local and visiting festival goers.

The results were spectacular and over 640 votes counted, for both the People’s Choice Award (winner Aiden Lindsay sponsored by Wapiti) and Online Voters Choice Award (winner Brad Hays, sponsored by the Arts Station).

Pictures of this year’s ArtExpo in can be found on the Fernie Art Station and Wapiti Music Festival Facebook pages.

Elk Valley Hospice
1501 5th Ave

Elk Valley Hospice is hosting a free information session on Advance Care Planning with guest speaker lawyer Gord Leffler. At any age, a medical crisis could leave someone too ill to make his or her own healthcare decisions. Advance Care Planning involves learning about the types of decisions that might need to be made, considering those decisions ahead of time, and then letting others know about these preferences.

Many people don’t know how to begin or do not realize the importance of planning ahead and speaking with family and friends about care preferences. Making your wishes known now helps those who care about you make the right decisions if you can’t speak for yourself. The website provides tools to help with this planning.  Join the information session on Tuesday September 12 at 7pm at the Fernie Seniors Centre to learn more and to start the conversation over coffee, tea and homemade desserts.

Family Focused Naturopathic Care
571b 2nd Ave

Dr. Claire Wilson, ND will be offering advanced injection therapies at their Naturopathic clinic in downtown Fernie. Injections may include prolotherapy, neural therapy, prolozone, platelet rich plasma injections, or a combination of the above based on your injury and assessment. Join Dr. Wilson in an informal lecture that discusses the benefit and use of these therapies on Wednesday November 8, 2017, at 7pm in the comfortable waiting room at their office.

Dr. Wilson is a board certified Naturopathic Doctor providing care to families and individuals of all ages in Fernie. She has a specific interest in pain management and recovery by using therapies such as advanced injections, acupuncture, electro-stimulation, and IV therapy. When she is not caring for patients in the clinic, you will find her teaching dynamic yoga classes at Essential Yoga Studio.

To book an appointment, call directly or visit the clinic’s website –

Fernie Ambassador Program
102 Commerce Rd.

No one can argue that Fernie had an awesome summer. The weather was great, the trails were busy and the town was hopping. And though there aren’t any hard statistics yet many business owners say they experienced an increase in visitor traffic.

The Fernie Ambassador Program, which resumes September 21, aims to help business owners train staff with local knowledge and customer service training to elevate the level of service provided. The main goal of the program is to create a welcoming environment for visitors by having a knowledgeable workforce that is engaged in the local scene.

Marina Pauw of Fernie Super 8 believes it does just that. “The Ambassador Program equipped my team with the skills to be able to go above and beyond for our guests. Improving the visitor experience is beneficial to everyone.”

For more information call the College of the Rockies at 250-423-4691 or visit

Heather Ivany Yoga

With over ten years of teaching yoga in Fernie, Heather Ivany Yoga is now expanding to include private and semi-private classes that can be brought to your home, office or rental space.  

So what is the advantage to taking private yoga lessons?

  • You get a class that is specially designed to meet YOUR needs
  • She will help you create a safe and enjoyable home practice to do between your sessions together.
  • You get 100% of Heather’s attention, meaning she can break things down as much            as you need.
  • Heather will lovingly hold you accountable for your practice.

If you think private yoga may be right for you, contact Heather online or via email at and she will schedule a FREE 20 minute phone call to answer any of your questions to determine if she and you will be a good fit. 

Sparrow Hair
641 7th Ave

In 2008, Stacey Goldade and Noel Vanoostenbrugge set their sights on Fernie as the destination for their hair salon. They saw the potential Fernie presented, and loved everything this and its surroundings offered.

Over the past nine years, Stacey and Noel have been busy building a thriving business, raising a young family, participating in community activities, and falling more in love with Fernie. So much so, they decided to act on their dream and make the biggest investment of their life — purchase a parcel of land and design a building that would be their new home and salon. That dream is now a reality, with the completion of a three-story building with a modern hair salon on the first level and their two-story, mountain-inspired home above.  

There’s no question this hard-working duo’s roots are firmly planted in Fernie, and their commitment to this community unwavering. 

Book your appointment online at or call directly.

Thunder Meadows Health and Wellness
632 2nd Ave.

Thunder Meadows Massage Therapy is pleased to announce they are changing their name to better reflect the services they provide. The new name is Thunder Meadows Health and Wellness. Stay tuned for other exciting changes in the coming months. Thunder Meadows Health and Wellness provides BC trained and Registered Massage Therapists seven days a week as well as Chinese medicine from Laurie Sibbeston, a BC trained and registered acupuncturist.  

Visit for more information or to book a treatment.

Trillium Day Spa
632 2nd Ave

Trillium Day spa is pleased to welcome Tricia Clarke to the team, offering Reiki Master Holistic Healing treatments. Reiki helps boost the immune system for quick recovery from injuries and illness, aids insomnia, eases anxiety, depression and stress. A wonderfully relaxing treatment to help bring clarity, peace and harmony back into the body and mind.  

Trillium Day Spa would like to send a big "Thank you" to their loyal customers and clients for their continued support going into their seventh year in business. Treatments can be booked online at or call Chantel directly.