Fernie Heritage Cemetery Society fundraising campaign

The Fernie Heritage Cemetery Restoration Society is doing a fundraising campaign to raise funds for restoration project.

Submitted by Barbara McFarlin-Kosiec, Ph.D.President of the Fernie Heritage Cemetery Society

The Fernie Heritage Cemetery Restoration Society currently is engaged in a fundraising campaign in order to continue the restoration of the old section of St. Margaret’s Cemetery.

Since 2009, the society has achieved the following: Collected and researched archival maps and records in order to identify and verify internee data in sections A, B, C and D by researching records of churches, cities, towns, the province, coal companies and newspapers and produced updated maps for Sections A, B, C, and the Legion portion of the Cemetery in Section D.

This information has been published on an interactive website. The purpose has been to preserve the history of Fernie and the Elk Valley.

Yearly, volunteers have put in countless hours in restoring the grounds to develop a park-like status of the cemetery for family members and visitors. One of the most significant accomplishments was receiving 33 stones for veterans from the Last Post Fund.

The goals for the 2015-2016 year are as follows: to continue the research of internees in order to have a more accurate history of the life and times of the era and the lasting contributions of the internees; to provide information to the public, academic, family members and/or other persons who may have interest; to photograph with a GPS camera the grave sites of sections A and B and to place each one on the website fernieheritagecemetery.com. A person will be able to Google, find and see clearly the gravesite.

With the GPS location, a person looking for a specific stone can simply provide the GPS location to a smart phone app that will guide them to the stone location in the cemetery.

The Society receives inquiries from all over the world requesting information about one’s ancestors.

The GPS mapping of each stone and its place will aid in providing information to those who are unable to visit the cemetery.

The society relies on funds from grants, business organizations and private donations, or fundraising events.

For the 2015-2016 year, the society has received grants from Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, Columbia Basin Trust and the City of Fernie.

The society is seeking donors to be able to continue with the restoration of the Cemetery to make it a beautiful serene park-like space and to continue the research to update the web site.

The society invites you to make a contribution to Fernie Heritage Cemetery Restoration Society, P. O. Box 1451, Fernie, BC V0B 1M0.

All donations will be appreciated and go toward the continued restoration of the old section of St. Margaret’s Cemetery and research.

 

Just Posted

RCMP busy with thefts, mortar discovery, assault, arrests, more

Submitted Cst. Debra Katerenchuk, Media Relations Officer, Elk Valley RCMP The Elk… Continue reading

First Nations included in latest Columbia River Treaty talks

Seventh round of negotiations between Canada and U.S. wrap up in Washington D.C.

Elk Valley coach sets sight on all girls hockey team

Statistics from BC Hockey show fewer girls are signing up to play… Continue reading

Proposed Hosmer intersection set to improve safety

A proposed intersection in Hosmer aims to improve the safety of those… Continue reading

Maiden Lake flood mitigations to be completed in full

The City of Fernie will forge ahead with all required flood mitigations… Continue reading

VIDEO: Stop-motion artist recreates Kawhi Leonard’s famous buzzer-beater

It took Jared Jacobs about 40 hours to make the video, on top of the research

Canada Day fireworks cancelled in Fernie

Fireworks will not feature as part of Canada Day celebrations in Fernie… Continue reading

Rock slide in B.C. river may hinder salmon passage

DFO says it is aware that the slide occurred in a narrow portion of the Fraser River

Four-hour tarmac delay violates charter rights of Canadians with a disability: lawsuit

Bob Brown says new rules reduce the distance he can travel by air without putting his health at risk

Fate of accused in Canadian couple’s 1987 killings in jury’s hands

William Talbott’s lawyer says DNA doesn’t prove murder

Child killed after being hit in driveway on Vancouver Island

The driver of the vehicle remained at the crash scene and is fully cooperating

Eating sandwiches, putting on makeup behind the wheel could land you a fine

RCMP say if you cause an accident while eating you could be penalized

Cat badly hurt in animal trap was likely stuck for days, B.C. owner says

Blu, a three-year-old house cat, suffered severe damage to his hind leg after being stuck in trap for days

40 cats surrendered in apparent hoarding at B.C. home

Officers found the cats living among piles of garbage and feces, suffering from fleas

Most Read