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If you know an outstanding volunteer in one of the rural areas in the region, the RDEK encourages you to nominate them for the 2020 Electoral Area Volunteer of the Year award.

Executive Director of SheJumps, an organization that motivates women and girls of all backgrounds to step out of their comfort zone in a fun, non-threatening, inclusive environment to learn outdoor skills. 

Holiday time is magical for many reasons, but the date on the calendar does not bring the magic. It’s the special way we feel that transforms annual rituals from mere activities into something deeply meaningful.

This coming year the Trust is turning 25. It’s a chance to celebrate all that we have been able to accomplish together with people and communities. It’s also a time to recognize and honour those who saw an opportunity in 1995 to create this unique, regional organization that would support the efforts by the people of the Columbia Basin to create a legacy of social, economic and environmental well-being in the region most affected by the Columbia River Treaty. The focus then was on the future, and in this coming year, we’ll be asking residents to look ahead to the next 25 years.

The World Health Organization sees urban parks and gardens as a component to health and well-being and are a fundamental component of any well-designed urban space. 1Green spaces are natural intersections, where we come together with intention.

The annual election of RDEK Chair and Vice Chair was held at the Regional District of East Kootenay this morning and Electoral Area C Director Rob Gay will continue on as Chair for 2020.

This will be the Electoral Area C Director’s ninth term as RDEK Chair. He has served on the Board since 2005. “I’d like to thank my fellow Directors for their ongoing support. It is an honour to serve as Chair of this organization and I look forward to another rewarding year,” says Gay.

The #Ferniestoke Ski Shuttle service starts this Saturday December 14th!

Season Passes are now available at Guest Services, Fernie Alpine Resort. Limited quantity available. $299 plus GST. One way bus fare is $4 cash. Exact change only. 5 and under ride free with a paying adult.

Daily operations: December 14th, 2019 - April 12th, 2020*. Seats are first-come-first served. No pre-booking of seats.

*Schedule may change without notice. April may see daytime and evening service reduced.

The holidays. A time of joy and peace and family and friends. Gratitude and love and all things good and beautiful.

Well, not always. Not for everyone.

For many people, this time of year is challenging. Whether it’s deeply rooted with memories and experiences from childhood or is freshly cut from a recent loss or hurdle in life, facing family and friends, attending gatherings, completing ‘to do’ lists… these all might seem pointless, full of emotion, insurmountable and quite honestly the last things they want to do.

Over 100 people attended four open houses in November to offer feedback to inform an updated Koocanusa Recreation Strategy, which will be developed over the next few months with the goal of enhancing sustainable and responsible recreation on Crown lands.

In November, Mr. and Mrs. Claus took the time to meet with me prior to the mad rush of the holiday season. While they admitted they were a wee nervous to leave the elves to their work back at the North Pole, they also confessed their love for our mountain town and were happy for an additional excuse to visit.