Charity and Donations

The Fernie Distillers have donated $800 to the Fernie Trails Alliance. Pictured from left: Jill Rutherford of Fernie Distillers, Todd Penke and Melanie Wrigglesworth of the FTA, and Andrew Hayden of Fernie Distillers. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie Distillers donate to Fernie Trails Alliance

The distillery donated $800 from it’s ‘Community Spirit’ program

 

Lots of smash-smash action took place at the Fernie Lions Club Demolition Derby on Sept. 4, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

GALLERY: Sunshine, dirt clouds and cheering crowds for Fernie Demolition Derby 2022

The stands were full for the return of the Fernie Lions Club demo derby

 

Andrew Hayden (Chair, Tourism Fernie), Karen Pepper (Fernie Alpine Resort), Jeannie Watson (Royal Canadian Legion Fernie Branch 36), Joe Howse (Raging Elk Adventure Lodging) (Image courtesy of Tourism Fernie)

‘Expose Yourself to Fernie’ poster sales raise $1,000 for Legion

The famed poster featuring renowned local volunteer, Vern McGariggle has been on sale around town

 

Parastone owner Simon Howse presenting a check for over $25K to Fernie Volleyball Club president Dennis Staples, with lots of happy volleyball court users in Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie’s volleyball courts a popular addition to town

The courts weren’t possible without community support

Parastone owner Simon Howse presenting a check for over $25K to Fernie Volleyball Club president Dennis Staples, with lots of happy volleyball court users in Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Ken Barkman at Save-On-Foods in Garrison Crossing on June 5, 2022. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

78-year-old Ken Barkman of Chilliwack riding 3,000 kilometres for BC Children’s Hospital

Grandfather helping son and wife, who have adopted four high-risk babies

Ken Barkman at Save-On-Foods in Garrison Crossing on June 5, 2022. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
100 Women Who Care Fernie donated $5,000 each to Elk Valley Hospice and Twin Meadows Animal Rescue this month. Pictured are Cindy Mylrea, Elke Weber, Elin Holvik with the $5,000 donation to Elk Valley Hospice. (Image courtesy of 100 Women Who Care).

100 Women Who Care Fernie donate $10K

Elk Valley Hospice and Twin Meadows each received $5K from the local group

100 Women Who Care Fernie donated $5,000 each to Elk Valley Hospice and Twin Meadows Animal Rescue this month. Pictured are Cindy Mylrea, Elke Weber, Elin Holvik with the $5,000 donation to Elk Valley Hospice. (Image courtesy of 100 Women Who Care).
Wendy Van De Wyer with Rotarians Jennifer O’Donnell and Anita Palmer (Image courtesy of Fernie Rotary)

Fernie Rotary donates another $1K to local causes

The local Rotary club is donating $1,000 a month for 10 months

Wendy Van De Wyer with Rotarians Jennifer O’Donnell and Anita Palmer (Image courtesy of Fernie Rotary)
People are rallying behind the Drombolis family of North Langley. Dad Shane has been battling a rare form of cancer and mom Kristine was recently diagnosed with the very same condition. (GoFundMe)

Community rallies to help B.C. couple battling rare form of cancer

GoFundMe launched after wife was diagnosed with the same rare cancer husband is fighting

People are rallying behind the Drombolis family of North Langley. Dad Shane has been battling a rare form of cancer and mom Kristine was recently diagnosed with the very same condition. (GoFundMe)
Fernie Old Growth Hockey Club donated $500 to Cycling Without Age from funds raised through the 2021-2022 season. Pictured: Rob Poupart, Bill Bridge, Duane Janzen, Kim Wallace (Cycling Without Age), Gio Bernard, Mike Low. (Image courtesy of Fernie Old Growth)

Fernie Old Growth Hockey donates to local causes

The club donated $500 each to Angel Flight and Cycling Without Age

Fernie Old Growth Hockey Club donated $500 to Cycling Without Age from funds raised through the 2021-2022 season. Pictured: Rob Poupart, Bill Bridge, Duane Janzen, Kim Wallace (Cycling Without Age), Gio Bernard, Mike Low. (Image courtesy of Fernie Old Growth)
Passengers aboard Angel Flight East Kootenay’s newest plane, a Cessna 414a, which can fly above poor weather and keep flights going. (Image courtesy of Todd Weselake / Angel Flight East Kootenay)

Angel Flight East Kootenay preps for busy weeks ahead

The local charity will be trying a new flying schedule due to the cost of fuel

Passengers aboard Angel Flight East Kootenay’s newest plane, a Cessna 414a, which can fly above poor weather and keep flights going. (Image courtesy of Todd Weselake / Angel Flight East Kootenay)
Lily Bowers and Linda Hunter with the winning ticket for a large Ukraine flag-style quilt, homemade by Bowers. $2,210 was raised through ticket sales, which was donated to the Red Cross for their humanitarian work in Ukraine. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood local raises over $2k for Ukraine humanitarian efforts

Lily Bowers donated $2,210 raised through ticket sales to win a quilt to the Red Cross

Lily Bowers and Linda Hunter with the winning ticket for a large Ukraine flag-style quilt, homemade by Bowers. $2,210 was raised through ticket sales, which was donated to the Red Cross for their humanitarian work in Ukraine. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Ukrainian members of the 2008-09 Canada World Youth exchange dress in their traditional clothing for an event in Port Alberni 13 years ago. (PHOTO COURTESY BEN SCHEIDEGGER)

Canada-Ukraine exchange students return to B.C. town to help and to remember

2008-09 Canada World Youth students spent three months in Ukraine and three months in Alberni

Ukrainian members of the 2008-09 Canada World Youth exchange dress in their traditional clothing for an event in Port Alberni 13 years ago. (PHOTO COURTESY BEN SCHEIDEGGER)
Sarah Beairsto (left), seven-year-old Harper Harvey and Debra Legge with boxes of Girl Guides cookies outside a warehouse in North Delta on Saturday, March 12. (Photo: Tom Zillich)

Girl Guides back to door-to-door cookie sales after 2 years of doing business differently

Chocolate/vanilla cookies sold in spring, and those who love the mint ones have to wait until fall

Sarah Beairsto (left), seven-year-old Harper Harvey and Debra Legge with boxes of Girl Guides cookies outside a warehouse in North Delta on Saturday, March 12. (Photo: Tom Zillich)
Lily Bowers of Sparwood is creating a quilt made with Ukrainian flag colours to help raise funds to support refugees. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood local creates quilt for Ukraine

Any funds raised from the quilt’s sale will go towards helping refugees escaping the war in Ukraine

Lily Bowers of Sparwood is creating a quilt made with Ukrainian flag colours to help raise funds to support refugees. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Art was created and destroyed at the Arts Station on Monday Mar. 7 as part of the 2nd Annual Fernie Dragathon to raise suicide awareness and raise funds for mental health support services. (Image courtesy of Ev Eijsermans)

Fernie’s Dragathon for suicide awareness kicks off

An Art Cleansing Session was held at the Arts Station on Monday

Art was created and destroyed at the Arts Station on Monday Mar. 7 as part of the 2nd Annual Fernie Dragathon to raise suicide awareness and raise funds for mental health support services. (Image courtesy of Ev Eijsermans)
The Fernie Legion donated $500 to Angel Flight East Kootenay on Feb. 19 2022. Pictured: Reginald Lafreniere and Jeannie Watson of the Fernie Legion present a check for $500 to Brent Bidston of Angel Flight. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie Legion donates to two local charities

$500 each went to Angel Flight and Girls for Days

The Fernie Legion donated $500 to Angel Flight East Kootenay on Feb. 19 2022. Pictured: Reginald Lafreniere and Jeannie Watson of the Fernie Legion present a check for $500 to Brent Bidston of Angel Flight. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Some of the lovely Drag Queens that helped brighten up Fernie at last year’s Mighty Moose Dragathon. (Image courtesy of Isabella GiaV).

Shining a spotlight on mental health: Drag performers to wow Fernie and tear up FAR for mental health

Drag Queens and Kings will be doing laps of the Might Moose as part of a week of events to raise funds for the Elk Valley Suicide Task Force

Some of the lovely Drag Queens that helped brighten up Fernie at last year’s Mighty Moose Dragathon. (Image courtesy of Isabella GiaV).
The Fernie Rotary Club has kicked off ten months of donations by donating $1,000 to the Sparwood Food Bank. Pictured is Tami Chechotko (left) and Evie Holland (right) of the Sparwood Food Bank, with Anita Palmer (centre) of Fernie Rotary. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie Rotary backs ten local causes for ten months

The local branch of Rotary International has been active in Fernie for 100 years

The Fernie Rotary Club has kicked off ten months of donations by donating $1,000 to the Sparwood Food Bank. Pictured is Tami Chechotko (left) and Evie Holland (right) of the Sparwood Food Bank, with Anita Palmer (centre) of Fernie Rotary. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The team at Fernie’s Canadian Tire, with two members of Fernie Adaptive Snowsports - FIRE, president Debbie Zammit on the far left and vice-president Kaliegh Thomson beside her in the pink hat. The man in the back row on the far right is Canadian Tire branch owner Angus McDonald. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

‘It gives us such security’: Fernie adaptive ski program gets $15k grant from Canadian Tire

The money will go towards insurance, equipment, training, and possibly new jackets for instructors

The team at Fernie’s Canadian Tire, with two members of Fernie Adaptive Snowsports - FIRE, president Debbie Zammit on the far left and vice-president Kaliegh Thomson beside her in the pink hat. The man in the back row on the far right is Canadian Tire branch owner Angus McDonald. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Passengers aboard Angel Flight East Kootenay’s newest plane, a Cessna 414a, which can fly above poor weather and keep flights going. (Image courtesy of Todd Weselake / Angel Flight East Kootenay)

Through rain, hail and shine: Angel Flight’s new plane keeps service going

Not a single flight has had to be cancelled since Angel Flight East Kootenay started using their new plane

Passengers aboard Angel Flight East Kootenay’s newest plane, a Cessna 414a, which can fly above poor weather and keep flights going. (Image courtesy of Todd Weselake / Angel Flight East Kootenay)