Canadian Ski Patrol volunteers brave heights

Canadian Ski Patrol volunteers bravely showcased a sizeable donation of $1,500 last month.

Canadian Ski Patrol volunteers received a $1

Canadian Ski Patrol volunteers received a $1

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Canadian Ski Patrol volunteers bravely showcased a sizeable donation of $1,500 last month.

The cheque was donated by the Fernie Scotiabank as part of the bank’s Bright Future program — a global philanthropic vision catered to serving local communities.

“The funding goes a long way to providing replacement equipment and equipment upgrades,” Tom Little, Director, Canadian Ski Patrol, East Kootenay said, noting that a portion of the funds is also used to compensate for any costs associated with mandatory courses.

This winter, Fernie has 18 volunteers, along with three in Elkford, who assist with patrolling the ski hill.

Although Little said the amount of volunteers typically fluctuates between 25 and 36 throughout the Elk Valley, he noted that this years figures are favourable, especially considering that the Elk Valley has had as few as eight volunteers in the past.

“It’s a good thing,” Little said of the number of current volunteers. “Everybody in this town seems to be doing something [volunteer based].”

The Canadian Ski Patrol volunteers have had a local presence for nearly 40 years now, Little noted.

He added, “The intent is to support endevours for volunteer work that the employees and retired employees might provide.”