Community

In Fernie, the women of the non-profit, Community Energy Association (CEA), believe that not only can small communities contribute to solutions, we can be leaders. This leadership-focused approach defines CEA’s work and has accelerated action on climate change in communities across western Canada. 
 

Starting in May, the sale of fireworks will be prohibited in the rural parts of the RDEK, one month later than originally proposed.

Two years ago, during my first year on the board with the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), we received a presentation on Climate Change Impacts and Implications. It was shocking and devastating and I 
left questioning my choice to have had children. What kind of mess are they going to be left with? I felt hopeless. 

Between March 26 and 29 vandals destroyed and removed newly-installed recreation use signs in the Koocanusa area, causing an estimated $5,000 in property damage. The signs were installed to communicate the new regulations for the Koocanusa Recreation Management Area, which limits motorized recreation to designated roads and trails, and restricts Crown land camping to designated sites.

I am not an expert in vaccinations, epidemiology or really health care but my world has been and will continue to be filled with these topics for the foreseeable future. There is no doubt it is a strange time to be in local government, but a year into our pandemic response it is starting to feel normal for these topics to be high priority issues.

The Columbia Basin Trust is partnering with Festival Seekers to host the #BuyBasin Festival on Facebook starting today, featuring over 100 businesses across the Columbia Basin and showcasing e a diverse range of products and services available locally.

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Thursday 15 April (from 9:30am to 11:00am) and is open to all members and the public.

New community-led projects in the Columbia Basin will support access to affordable, quality, local food for residents, with an emphasis on assisting those in need. Community kitchens, lawns-to-food initiatives and seed-saving libraries are just a few of the projects included in Columbia Basin Trust’s Local Food Access and Recovery Grants.

One year into the pandemic and the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) has helped hundreds of businesses in the Kootenays impacted by COVID-19 get help with digital transformation.

Partnering with the BC Tech Association was the first step in providing crucial 1:1 support free of charge to non-tech businesses in the Kootenays. The first Virtual Connection Day took place in May 2020 and due to high interest, KAST offered four more in July, September, October and January 2021.

I have had the opportunity and pleasure of interviewing many inspiring community residents over the last nearly 15 years. The benefit is always mine. Every month, I learn, am challenged to think differently, and am exposed to ideas, activities, organizations, and history that I would never have been otherwise.

This month, to honour our local female Legends, I chose some of my favourite moments. We hope you enjoy.