Celebrate Women Entrepreneurs in Your Community with #WEcreateBC

The inaugural #WEcreateBC campaign launched this week to celebrate the impact that women entrepreneurs have in creating businesses, jobs, connections, and communities in British Columbia. 

Posted by admin on Oct 28, 2020 in Community

Winter is Coming

What have you planted in your parenting garden lately? Did you sow anything to keep your family nourished in the days ahead? Sometimes it’s only when the weeks are cold and the cellar is empty that we stop to reflect on the fact that we never gathered any nuts when it was still possible. That’s an awfully sad situation to be in. 

Posted by Kerri Wall on Oct 23, 2020 in Community

Gaëtane Carignan

That summer, their family attended Wapiti. Gaëtane had been trying to figure out how she was going to continue her career in Fernie, and she expressed this to her good friend Heather Kerr. A month later, Gaëtane had a job as a Community Energy Coordinator. “It was a miracle, and a dream job in Fernie, BC.” 

Posted by Krista Turcasso on Oct 14, 2020 in Community

Basin Business Advisors Prepare Businesses For a Technology-Enable Future

The Basin Business Advisor Program (BBA) is now offering business advisement services around adopting technology such as ecommerce, digital marketing and implementing technology for your business processes.

Posted by admin on Oct 13, 2020 in Community

Fernie, BC Launches Their Official Tourism Master Plan

Tourism in Fernie will now be guided by a plan developed through a massive collaborative process that took place starting in 2018. The 58-page document details the stakeholders and process that worked together to create a new vision and path for a key sector of Fernie’s economy and future where visitor spending totalled $130 million in 2019. The plan was launched online on September 30th and is now available at

Posted by admin on Oct 05, 2020 in Community

2020 Virtual Business Excellence Awards Voting for the People’s Choice Award Closes this Sunday

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is encouraging the community to vote for their favourite local business in the People’s Choice Award. The voting in this category of the 2020 Virtual Fernie Business Excellence Awards is currently open and will close at 5:00pm this Sunday 4 October. 

Posted by admin on Oct 02, 2020 in Community

Closing the Information Gap

There are four core elements to an asset management plan; people, information, assets and finances. Each element is as important as the next, and right now we are committed to closing the information gap.

Posted by admin on Oct 02, 2020 in Community

What is the Point of School?

​Most of us think ‘learning’ and ‘education’ are basically the same things, and we accept that they take place within institutional settings. Is that really so? What if we broke down some of this language and interrogated our assumptions?

Posted by admin on Sep 24, 2020 in Community

Kootenay Regional Districts Win 2020 Sustainable Communities Award

The Regional Districts of East Kootenay, Kootenay Boundary and Central Kootenay have been selected as a winner of a 2020 Sustainable Communities Award for exceptional work in the Visionary Award category for their Accelerate Kootenays project. 

Posted by admin on Sep 17, 2020 in Community

RDEK Electoral Area A Contributes Thousands to Effort to Bring Ultrasound Technology to the Elk Valley

The East Kootenay Foundation for Health’s (EKFH) “Beneath the Surface” campaign just got a significant boost with a $20,000 grant from the RDEK Electoral Area A Discretionary Grant in Aid account.

Posted by admin on Sep 16, 2020 in Community

Fernie Ambassador Program sessions will go ahead virtually this fall

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that five virtual Fernie Ambassador Program sessions are scheduled for this fall. 

Posted by admin on Sep 15, 2020 in Community

Clayton Lamb

Originally from Chilliwack, BC, Clayton grew up “hunting and fishing and trapping,” he tells me. “My parents were teachers, so we spent our summers out on the landscape.” Not surprisingly, when he attended UBC’s Okanagan campus, he went into sciences and studied ecology.

Posted by Krista Turcasso on Sep 12, 2020 in Community

Get Involved in the Fernie Food Action Strategy

The pandemic has highlighted vulnerabilities in many critical areas of our lives, notably our long-distance supply chains and secure access to imported food. Many Fernie residents were shocked to see empty grocery store shelves, a rush on toilet paper, and an inability to access flour, yeast, and other food supplies this spring. 

Posted by admin on Sep 11, 2020 in Community