Photo curtesy of the Fernie Nordic Society.

The Emily Brydon Youth Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides financial support to youth in the Elk Valley to pursue their dreams in programing involving sports, education or the arts, is now accepting applications for the winter season.


​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?

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. The awards honour and celebrate the most innovative environmental initiatives in cities and communities across Canada.

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.

The campaign’s goal is to raise $300,000 to bring a brand new ultrasound service to the Elk Valley Hospital, including a state of the art ultrasound machine, renovations to the room, and all of the accessories to run the service. 

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that five virtual Fernie Ambassador Program sessions are scheduled for this fall. The Fernie Ambassador Program is a great and cost-effective opportunity for frontline staff to brush up on their customer service skills, as well as their product knowledge of all things Fernie. The Fernie Ambassador Program was founded in 2015 by the Fernie Chamber and is a well-recognized program among local employers. Completion of the Fernie Ambassador Program is great to have on any job seeker’s resume when looking for jobs in Fernie.

A few years ago, I saw pictures of Ange Qualizza (now the Mayor of Fernie) and her daughters out in the woods, picking grizzly hair off trees. “What the heck is going on?” I thought.  “Why are they collecting grizzly bear hair and how is it on the trees?” This is when I discovered the South Rockies Grizzly Bear Project.

In the local government world, we are missing two very important annual conferences due to Covid-19. These conferences allow us to come together in camaraderie, learn from each other and return to our respective communities energized.

The City of Fernie is pleased to announce the launch of its new online engagement platform, Let’s Talk Fernie. The community is invited to register at to share their ideas and opinions, review projects, and see the most up-to-date information on City initiatives.

Since June 2020, Columbia Basin Trust has been engaging with a variety of stakeholders in the Basin to develop a short-term strategic plan to guide its activities over the next 18 to 24 months. The Trust is now seeking public feedback on the draft plan from all people in the Basin.