At these times, it is quite difficult to remain calm… even with the best of intentions.

Mayor Ange Qualizza couldn’t have been more thrilled to receive an invitation from our local Girl Guides to discuss what is it like to be a woman in politics, what it was like to campaign as a woman and how girls can be more engaged in politics despite not being old enough to vote.

Construction is complete on the City of Fernie’s new Operations Facility, and an event will be held on November 16 to officially open the new facility.

North Coal Limited is committed to the well-being of the Elk Valley and is pleased to contribute to the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies (CFKR) in Elkford, Sparwood, and Fernie with a $5000 donation to each local Community Fund.

Many families in the Columbia Basin rely upon child care. To help meet this need for quality spaces, 67 child care providers in 24 communities will be creating up to 198 new spaces and improving 1,256 spaces. These projects are being undertaken with nearly $1.4 million from Columbia Basin Trust’s Child Care Capital Grants.

The RDEK Board Highlights for October include a New Official Community Plan for Lake Windermere, the Mission Road and Hwy 95A Intersection Project, Two New Parks to Become Part of Regional Parks Plan and more.

On October 16, 2019 the Fernie Chamber of Commerce announced the finalists for the 2019 Fernie Business Excellence Awards. Each nominee was asked to complete an award application which was judged by an independent panel of judges from outside the Fernie area. The winners will be announced at the Awards Gala, which will be held Friday, October 25 at the Best Western Plus Fernie Mountain Lodge starting at 6:30pm. Limited tickets are vailable for the Awards Gala, so get in touch with the Fernie Chamber of Commerce to purchase yours.

Last month for the fifth year in a row I attended a youth leadership workshop as an invited ally. This is an annual workshop for young people aged 14-21 who want to use listening tools and emotional awareness to build better lives for themselves and their friends, and a better world for all of us. 

Mayor Ange Qualizza meets up with Fernie resident Aislinn Dressler, for a follow-up conversation with her about her experience.

As adults, our lives are filled with tasks and timelines and schedules, to the point where we need to actively work on that connection with our spirit. While our kids might not be aware of it, they more easily live in this way and it’s something to be celebrated and emulated.