Columbia Basin Trust

Expressing opinions, developing ideas and planning to take action in their communities: these are some of the ways that youth will be inspired at the Basin Youth Network Leadership Summit, taking place in Kimberley from May 12 to 14, 2023. Youth aged 14 to 18 are invited to apply now to this unique, free opportunity, hosted by Columbia Basin Trust.

Columbia Basin Trust (the Trust) is inviting you to have your say about the future of the Columbia Basin region. You will soon be able to share your ideas as the Trust travels throughout the region to meet with you, listen to your input, and plan together for the future. 

Some trails will be longer, get upgraded surfaces, or have new bridges or benches. In 17 communities, 26 projects are improving trails, supported by Columbia Basin Trust. In addition,16 organizations are receiving Trust funds to offer 38 trail-crew jobs. 

Fifteen small communities and First Nations in the Columbia Basin are upping their abilities to prevent and fight wildfires. These projects are being done with support from Columbia Basin Trust.

Photo: The Fairmont and District Lions Club is constructing two pickleball courts with support from the Trust.

Being active in the great outdoors is one of the pleasures of living in the Columbia Basin. Now, 16 projects including funding from the CBT to construct a covered area over Fernie's new skatepark to allow for extended-season use, will provide even more ways to stay fit and enjoy the fresh air, supported by Columbia Basin Trust.

Basin businesses now have a new resource to draw on when it comes to addressing climate change. Just launched from Columbia Basin Trust, the Business SMART Grants help small- and medium-sized businesses reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

From afar, the dark, thick outlines make the piece resemble stained glass. Up close, you can see the brushstrokes of the thickly applied oil paint. You can also contemplate a myriad of interesting items, from homes and a human to forests and fields.

The painting, called Home/Place, captures the essence of the Columbia Basin on a 36-square-inch stretch of canvas—and is the centrepiece of Fernie artist Michael Hepher’s exhibition In This Together.

Despite a world that has shifted, people and communities in the Columbia Basin have been able to rely on a constant resource: Columbia Basin Trust. Its continued ability to be a cornerstone in the region—enabling groups to strengthen and grow, and to deliver projects with impact—is laid out in its most recent annual report.

Columbia Basin Trust has successfully added 60 kilometres of high-speed fibre optic cable to its broadband network in the South Country, between Jaffray and Roosville. Internet service providers can now connect to this regional backbone, receive a higher-quality connection, and in turn improve the services they offer to customers.

Most people wouldn’t find inspiration hosing down barn walls, but Cali Emel did. When she was 16, she brought a resumé to Tanglefoot Veterinary Services in her hometown of Cranbrook. Her goal was to discover a career path that would align with her passion for animals.

Tanglefoot took her on as a volunteer, and it quickly became obvious that the job was well suited for her. “I was hosing down the large animal barn, and it just clicked in me. I wanted to do this for the rest of my life,” she says. “Every day I came to work I found it was a new adventure.”