Community

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.

The East Kootenay Volleyball Club is opening registration for volleyball athletes as of December 1, 2019. This is in accordance with the guidelines from Volleyball Alberta. Age categories range from 13 year olds to 18 year olds and is open to athletes throughout the East Kootenays. Registration is online and available from Dec 1 to Dec 15. There will be a late fee imposed starting on Dec 16 so get your player registered early!

Making commitments and then planning actions in the direction and service of those objectives is living with intention. I don’t want life – and especially parenting – to be haphazard. It doesn’t serve the beings we love the most in the world to fly by the seat of our pants as we guide them to adulthood.

The RDEK’s Yellow Bin Recycling Program has been renewed for another five years.

You’re in Fernie for the winter season, and thus will likely be spending a fair amount of time at Fernie Alpine Resort (FAR). We got out to meet some of the staff who make this place come to life, asking them the same four questions.

Are you interested in learning more about how to apply for arts and culture grants delivered by the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance? Attend a free workshop with Krista Patterson, who will share how to apply and what to expect from the application process.

The City of Fernie is pleased to announce that Council has hired Michael Boronowski as the City’s new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).

Boronowski will join the City of Fernie from the District of Mission, where he has served as the Manager of Civic Engagement and Corporate Initiatives for the past five years. In this role, he has led major technology-transformations within the municipality and has been provincially recognized for his work transforming the Stave West Forest & Recreation Area.

Dave’s intentions are to be a champion for community. And what we find so refreshing, which is very common with these Feature Resident pieces, is that it is done without ego… as the purpose is for it to better the valley.