Help us bring outdoor enjoyment to those in need

We are hoping to obtain financial support from businesses and individuals in the Elk Valley.

The Fernie Family Housing Society is a non-profit, charitable society that provides affordable housing to low-income seniors, families and people with disabilities.

In 2006 we remodeled an extended care facility (The Tom Uphill Memorial Home) and created 25 affordable apartments for low-income seniors and those with disabilities who formerly resided elsewhere in the Elk Valley. The extended care facility is now known as Tom Uphill Manor. We don’t receive any government subsidy for the operation of this building. Subsequently all operating expenses and building upkeep must be financed through the rents, which are paid by our low-income residents. Each year, our organization manages to maintain the low rents for some of the seniors in the community. Without donations from generous individuals like you this would not be possible. Donations help our organization and benefit the community in which we serve.

We would like to make further improvements to Tom Uphill Manor within our gardens and landscaping. We are therefore hoping that we can obtain financial support from businesses and individuals in the Elk Valley to make this necessary project possible. By having these gardens to tend to it helps to get the senior residents outside for some much-needed sunshine and exercise. After the long Fernie winters, planting and tending gardens is a much-needed respite for the majority of the tenants at Tom Uphill Manor.

For this reason we are approaching you to see if you would help us further our efforts with a tax deductible donation of $100 cash. Or we could use an in-kind donation of gardening materials, topsoil, garden decorations, solar garden lights, flowering baskets or any type of plants or flowers. We are also looking for in-kind donations of a hedge trimmer, and for four benches or a picnic table. We promise that we will not be telephoning you but we do hope that you will respond positively to our written request. Remember that your gift may be tax-deductible. Your generous donation will be recognized in our gardens on our donors post and will be acknowledged through promotional announcements.

For more information, please contact me at (250) 278-3347 or by email at

Thank you for taking our request into consideration and we look forward to hearing from you.

Sheila SherburneGeneral Manager, FFHS