Thrift shop volunteers Margie Sutherland (left) and Marie Wilfong (right) flank FTHS Board President Gordon Sombrowski at the Knox United Church. Submitted photo

Thrift shop volunteers Margie Sutherland (left) and Marie Wilfong (right) flank FTHS Board President Gordon Sombrowski at the Knox United Church. Submitted photo

Elk Valley Thrift Shop donates to FHTS

The Elk Valley Thrift Shop Society presented a $5,000 cheque to the newly formed Fernie Heritage Trust Society (FHTS) for the purchase of the historic Knox United Church building.

FHTS’ mission is to preserve the built heritage and culture of Fernie. The society is in the process of transforming the Knox building into a community performing arts space. Society President, Gordon Sombrowski, explains: “we are very grateful for the Elk Valley Thrift Shop contribution to our project. In fact, it is our very first funding from the community! We would like to thank all of the Thrift Shop volunteers who supported our cause.”

The Elk Valley Thrift Shop is a non-profit run by a group of dedicated volunteers and four staff members. A group of Thrift Shop volunteers, who call themselves “Team Fernie” contributed 50 volunteer hours for the donation to FHTS. Team Fernie consists of Marie Wilfong, Margie Sutherland, Mary Miller, Karen Twamley, Andrea Graham and Roxanne Esch.

The Thrift Shop runs on the principle of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” and has a large variety of items, including clothing, kitchenwares, and home décor. All profits from the shop, located in the Town Centre of Sparwood, are given back to the communities of the Elk Valley. In 2023, Thrift Shop contributions to organizations in the Valley will top $700,000 in just nine years of operation.