2017 Press Releases

EKC Out in the Community

EKC Out in the Community

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 9, 2017

East KootenayKootenay Kids Fondo, YES leadership camp and students awards among upcoming opportunities for local youth

East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) is proud to be hosting, sponsoring and participating in a number of exciting community events taking place this May and June in Cranbrook and the Elk Valley.

On Friday, May 12, from noon to 4 p.m. the public is invited to visit EKC’s Cranbrook branch to sign-up for the Kootenay Kids Fondo, a fun cycling experience for ages six to 13. EKC is a proud sponsor of the event, which takes place on May 28, 2017, at St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino. For more information visit http://www.krgf.ca/kids-fondo.

EKC is also funding five youth, aged 14 to 16, to attend the YES leadership camp this summer at Lake Cowichan, B.C. The YES leadership camp is a summer camp that provides week-long leadership retreats for B.C. youth. Skills training is offered in the areas of self-awareness, co-operation, communication, global awareness, environmental sustainability and leadership. Applications for 2017 are now available and can be picked up at EKC or downloaded from the website. Application deadline is June 9, 2017.

“We are committed to supporting and encouraging children and youth in our communities and believe in providing them access to opportunities that nurture skills, build confidence, support dreams, and teach respect, kindness and community-involvement,” Mindy Atti, Cranbrook Branch Manager, EKC. “In addition to our many youth-focused annual sponsorships and events, the EKC gives out more than $12,000 in student awards every June to Cranbrook and Elk Valley students to support their post-secondary ambitions. This year’s recipients will be announced by EKC after schools have presented the financial awards to the outstanding students.”

EKC staff and Board are looking forward to participating in several community events this spring: EKC Sparwood branch is celebrating its 5th year in Sparwood’s at Coal Miners Days, June 8 to 11. EKC will be celebrating Elkford Wild Cat Days June 30 - July 2. Sam Steele Days festivities, where EKC will host the Chalk Art Competition at the Sam Steel Fairgrounds Saturday, June 17. Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre will be leading a team for the ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ campaign again. The walk will take place at the Sam Steele Parade on June 17. Join EKC and help them defend their Red Shoe Award for the past two years as the biggest team fundraiser. To join EKC’s team please contact Devin in the Cranbrook branch.

“Last year EKC staff, management and the Board of directors donated $100,000 to more than 60 organizations and gave numerous volunteer hours to 55 different groups,” said Eric Johnstone, Regional Branch Manager, Elk Valley, EKC. “We are proud to take an active role in our local communities and are deeply invested in their success. EKC just celebrated its 5th anniversary at its Sparwood Branch, and we look forward to serving the people in Sparwood, as well as across the Elk Valley, for generations to come.”

To continue to serve the community to the highest of standards, from June 1 to July 15 [May 19 revised on May 16], EKC is encouraging the public and EKC members to participate in a short survey at EKCCU.COM. “Let EKC know what’s important to you,” said Eric Johnstone, Regional Branch Manager, Elk Valley. “$500 is up for grabs, and anyone who takes the survey will have a chance to enter!”

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Media Contact
Jane Davies
Marketing Consultant
East Kootenay Community Credit Union
Phone: 250.417.4687
Email: ekccumarketing@telus.net

Background Information

About EKC
EKC was established in 1950 and has grown to over $327 million in assets and serves over 11,480 members throughout the East Kootenay. EKC is a community based financial co-operative that offers a full range of banking, financial planning (EKC MoneyWorks) and general insurance (KIS Ltd) services. Our community branches are located in Cranbrook, Elkford, Fernie and Sparwood. Please visit us at one of our branches, Facebook or at EKCCU.COM

Community Cash Award Winners Announced

Community Cash Award Winners Announced by EKC at their 67th AGM

Jean-Anne Debreceni welcomes participants to the AGM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 24, 2017

East Kootenay Members and guests joined East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) for the financial institution’s 67th Annual General Meeting, April 21. Jean-Anne Debreceni, Chair of the Board of Directors welcomed the crowd of 120 members and guests. The acclaimed Directors, Don Holt, Diane Byford, George Freitag, and Lynnette Wray and Board members Mark Spittael, Jose Galdamez, Barb Nunes, and Russell Pask were thanked for their time and commitment.

CEO Jody Burk spoke of the advantages of working with a credit union. EKC’s continued growth is contributed to referrals from members to their friends and families. He went further to say recent surveys conclude 97% of members would refer EKC to family and friends. EKC continually finds innovative ways to compete, with partnerships, sharing specific expertise and prioritizing members’ needs. The continued efforts by staff and Directors allows EKC to deliver the excellent services to its members and community.

The Community Cash Awards, which aimed to develop healthy and diverse communities, offered local community groups an opportunity to apply for funding. Unlike other funding initiatives, the Community Cash Awards provided EKC members, and the community, the opportunity to ‘invest in’ and select the award winners.

According to Barb Nunes, Chair of the Nominating Committee, “We received 20 very strong applications and made the difficult decisions narrowing that list down to the seven finalists. Everyone who participated in our AGM had the chance to invest EKC’s Community Cash. We are thrilled to announce EKC has given out $7,718 in total. All groups are winners, and we truly want to congratulate all of our finalists who did an incredible job raising awareness about the important work they do within the Elk Valley.”

Elkford Search and Rescue had the most Community Cash. They received $814 Community Cash dollars from members and guests, $500 for attending and a bonus of $500 for having the most Community Cash! Elkford Search and Rescue received $1,814 from EKC!

Elkford Search and Rescue will use their funds for their ‘Avalanche Rescue Plan’. A vital resource in Elkford, the Wilderness Capital of Canada, and the group needs an emergency survival bag, three avalanche response bags and team support supplies. The supplies will greatly improve rescue response time.

In addition to Elkford Search and Rescue, the other six finalists’ donations were:

$672 to the Fernie Nordic Society Wax and First Aid Hut
With over 700 members the group needs a hut to store first aid equipment, waxing supplies, benches, and rental skis for the Skill Development Program (SDP) for approximately 80 youth.

$944 to Fernie’s Wildsight Elk Valley Apple Capture and Tool Share Program
The Apple Capture program is to support more harvesting of fruit and less fruit becoming an attractant to wildlife. The Tool Share includes all the equipment needed preserve your fruit. Still needed are a new apple press, grinder and apple picker.

$1,017 to Sparwood Skateboard Park
The Skateboard Park will be a safe place for self-directed free fun. It will attract people of all ages and abilities. Youth indicated this is a top youth priority. Those interested can use skateboards, BMX bikes, inline skates and scooters.

$1,033 to #279 Elk Valley Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron Band Program
Cadets, aged 12 to 19 from Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford will start a youth pipe and drum band program that will play throughout the Elk Valley.

$1,116 to Elkford Youth Soccer Expansion Project
As soccer continues to grow the 180 youth, ages 4 to 18 need upgraded equipment. This will include goal posts, corner flags and benches for players and spectators. At the end of phase 2, Elkford will be able to host tournaments.

$1,122 to Sparwood Lions Gazebo
Additional covered space is planned next to the Water Spray Park and close to the playground, multi-purpose field, tennis courts and Skateboard Park. The additional covered space would provide shade and shelter making the area more desirable for events like picnics, weddings, and family gatherings.

Barb Nunes, Chair of the Nominating Committee, added, “The Community Cash Awards have been an inclusive and fun way to involve EKC members, local citizens and youth in selecting the Community Cash Award recipients. Based on the excellent feedback of the members and public who attended our AGM, as well as the community groups who participated, we can’t wait to bring this awards program back to Cranbrook next year.”

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Media Contact
Jane Davies
Marketing Consultant
East Kootenay Community Credit Union
Phone: 250.417.4687
Email: ekccumarketing@telus.net

Background Information

EKC’s 2016 Annual Report can be viewed at:
https://www.ekccu.com/Personal/AboutUs/MediaCenter/AnnualReports/

About EKC
EKC was established in 1950 and has grown to over $327 million in assets and serves over 11,480 members throughout the East Kootenay. EKC is a community based financial co-operative that offers a full range of banking, financial planning (EKC MoneyWorks) and general insurance (KIS Ltd) services. Our community branches are located in Cranbrook, Elkford, Fernie and Sparwood. Please visit us at one of our branches, Facebook or at EKCCU.COM

Community Cash Awards Finalists Announced by EKC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 4, 2017

Community Cash Awards Finalists Announced by EKC



East Kootenay — East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) has announced the list of finalists for their second Community Cash Awards. The Community Cash Awards aims to develop healthy and diverse communities. It also offers an opportunity for local groups to receive funding and build awareness. Seven finalists were selected from 20 very worthy applications. Unlike other funding initiatives, the Community Cash Awards provide EKC members, as well as the community, the opportunity to ‘invest in’ and select the award winners.

According to Barb Nunes, EKC Board Member and Chair of the Nominating Committee, “We’re so impressed with the quality of the 20 applications we received through the Elk Valley Community Cash Awards. It’s incredible how many community organizations are contributing to the creation of healthy and sustainable communities. It was difficult to select the finalists and we truly appreciate and thank all of the applicants for their efforts.”

Each of the Community Cash Awards finalists will participate in the next round by setting up information tables to promote their organization and project at EKC’s Elkford, Fernie, and Sparwood branches. The finalists are (in alphabetical order):

#279 Elk Valley Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron Band Program
Cadets, aged 12 to 19, from Fernie, Sparwood, and Elkford. The youth plan to start a pipe and drum band program that will play throughout the Elk Valley.

Elkford Search and Rescue – Avalanche Rescue Plan
A vital resource in Elkford - the Wilderness Capital of Canada - the group needs an emergency survival bag, three avalanche response bags, and team support supplies. The supplies will greatly improve rescue response time.

Elkford Youth Soccer Expansion Project
As soccer continues to grow, the 180 youth, ages 4 to 18, need upgraded equipment. This will include goal posts, corner flags and benches. At the end of phase 2, Elkford will be able to host tournaments.

Fernie Nordic Society Wax and First Aid Hut
With over 700 members the group needs a hut to store first aid equipment, waxing supplies, benches, and rental skis for the Skill Development Program for 80 youth.

Fernie’s Wildsight Elk Valley Apple Capture and Tool Share Program
The Apple Capture Program is to support more harvesting of fruit, with less fruit becoming an attractant to wildlife. The Tool Share includes equipment needed to preserve your fruit. Still needed are a new apple press, grinder and apple picker.

Sparwood Lions Gazebo
Additional covered space is planned next to the Water Spray Park and close to the playground, multi-purpose field, tennis courts and Skateboard Park. Shade and shelter would make the area more desirable for events like picnics, weddings, and family gatherings.

Sparwood Skateboard Park
The Skateboard Park will be a safe place for self-directed free fun. It will attract people of all ages and abilities. Youth indicated this is a top youth priority. Those interested can use skateboards, BMX bikes, in-line skates and scooters.

After showcasing their projects, all the finalists will be invited to set up displays to promote their initiative at EKC’s Annual General Meeting taking place in Fernie on Friday, April 21, at the Best Western Plus Fernie Mountain Lodge. Investing will start at 6 p.m. with the meeting starting at 7 p.m. Guests are encouraged to stay for the presentation of the winner around 8 p.m.

At the AGM, members, non-members, and youth will receive EKC Community Cash to ‘invest’ with one or more of the community groups of their choice. Elk Valley members will receive $40, Cranbrook members will receive $50, non-members will receive $20, and all youth (18 and under) will receive $10.

Each of the groups will receive $500 for attending the AGM as well as the real cash equivalent to the Community Cash they accumulate throughout the event. The group who receives the most Community Cash will also receive an additional $500 in funding.

CEO Jody Burk adds, “We’re excited that this process provides a fun and inclusive way to involve both EKC members as well as local youth and the community in selecting the Community Cash Awards recipients.”

During the meeting portion of the event a children’s movie will be shown in another room. Popcorn and limited supervision will be provided. Additional supervision by parents and or caregivers may be required. After the meeting, all guests are invited back for the announcement of the winner of the Community Cash Awards.

It’s important to note that members, non-members, supporters and youth who wish to participate in investing ‘Community Cash’ must RSVP that they will attend the AGM by April 12 to Pam Pinch (info below). Cranbrook members are invited to take the free shuttle to Fernie. The shuttle will depart Cranbrook branch parking lot at 5pm sharp.

For more information on the Community Cash Awards please visit: https://www.ekccu.com/Personal/InOurCommunity/CommunityPrograms/EKCPrograms/CommunityCashAward/

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Media Contact
Pam Pinch
Executive Assistant
Phone 250.426.8223 ext. 3361
ppinch@ekccu.com

Background Information

About EKC
EKC was established in 1950 and has grown to over $330 million in assets and serves over 11,200 members throughout the East Kootenay. EKC is a community based financial co-operative that offers a full range of banking, financial planning (EKC MoneyWorks) and general insurance (KIS Ltd) services. Our community branches are located in Cranbrook, Elkford, Fernie, and Sparwood. Please visit us at one of our branches, Facebook or at EKCCU.COM

Thirty EKC Walkers Participated in the Coldest Night Walk February 25, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 3, 2017

Thirty EKC Walkers Participated in the Coldest Night Walk February 25, 2017

EKC Board of Directors Chair, Jean-Ann and Joe Debreceni in the forefront at the Coldest Night Walk

East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) is proud to be part of our Cranbrook community which recently raised over $35,000 for the Coldest Night Walk. EKC’s 30 walkers were part of the 170 walkers who took to the streets. The number equates to the number of people who live on the streets. The walkers were easy to identify in their yellow and blue Coldest Night toques or EKC blue toques; however, Cranbrook’s homeless are not always easy to see.

EKC contributed $6,732 to help support the homeless.

EKC's initial donation of $3,000 was increased by $317 from member donations and ‘Jeans Day’. EKC’s teams including EKC Toasty Toes raised $2,170 (the second highest amount), EKC Cranbrook Branch raised $695 and EKC Fast Trackers raised $550.

EKC Board of Directors and senior managers and staff would like to thank the amazing organizing committee and 70 volunteers who helped bring awareness and engage the community to this serious issue.

At EKC we make local lending decisions, local policies, and we have a local Board of Directors. If you are interested in being part of something bigger, not just something big, please stop by, call, or visit EKCCU.COM.

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Background Information

About EKC
EKC was established in 1950, has grown to over $327 million in assets, and serves over 11,200 members throughout the East Kootenay. EKC is a community based financial co-operative that offers a full range of banking, financial planning (EKC MoneyWorks), and general insurance (KIS Ltd). Our community branches are located in Cranbrook, Elkford, Fernie and Sparwood. Please visit us at one of our branches, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/EKCCU or at EKCCU.COM

EKC Media Contact
Mindy Atti
EKC BRANCH MANAGER
250.417.4518
hatti@ekccu.com

Jane Davies
ekccumarketing@telus.net
250.417.4687
East Kootenay Community Credit Union

https://canada.cnoy.org/location/cranbrook

EKC raises $3,000 for the Coldest Night 'Walk'

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 20, 2017

East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) raises $3,000 for the Coldest Night 'Walk'


EKC Board of Directors and Senior Managers present $3,000 to Gwen Noble, Kim Levie, Tracy Pound and Erin Pan for the Coldest Night ‘Walk’.

EKC Board of Directors and Senior Managers joined The Homeless Outreach and Prevention team (Tracy Pound and Erin Pan) and Community Connection representatives (Gwen Noble and Kim Levie) at an information session at EKC.

EKC presented a cheque for $3,000. The money has been raised by staff with ‘Jeans Day’, member donations and like all EKC donations from their co-operative practise of contributing at least 4% of pre-tax profits back to their local communities.

Mindy Atti, Team Captain and Branch Manager of East Kootenay Community Credit Union states, “The walk has sparked conversation amongst our staff about our homeless population. Even though we may not see Cranbrook as having members of our community at risk, like some major centres, it exists, and we need to work together and make a difference.”

Community Connections Society SE BC is hosting the walk and wants to let people know there is still time to sign up and get involved in the family-friendly winter fundraising walk on the evening of February 25, 2017.The Homeless Outreach and Prevention Coordinators will be available from 12:00 to 6:00 pm on Wednesday, February 22 to accept donations for those that would like to drop by Community Connections Center (209 A 16th Avenue North).

Cranbrook Dodge will be hosting a pre-registration event at Cranbrook Dodge from 1 to 6 pm on Thursday, February 23 for those that have time restraints and would like to register early. Margy DeNeef Slute will be on hand and donations will also be accepted during pre-registration.

Walk options include a 2km, 5km or 10km route, starting at Mt. Baker Secondary School. Warm up stations with toasty drinks are from Tim Hortons and Hot Shots. The walk finishes at the Community Connections Society where the Heid Out Restaurant and Brewhouse, will be serving warm bowls of soup.

It’s not too late! Ask your friends and family and join the 25 teams who will try to better understand the experience of being on the streets during a cold Canadian winter night.

At EKC, we make local lending decisions, local policies, and we have a local Board of Directors. If you are interested in being part of something bigger, not just something big, please stop by, call, or visit EKCCU.COM

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Background Information

About EKC
EKC was established in 1950, has grown to over $327 million in assets, and serves over 11,200 members throughout the East Kootenay. EKC is a community based financial co-operative that offers a full range of banking, financial planning (EKC MoneyWorks), and general insurance (KIS Ltd). Our community branches are located in Cranbrook, Elkford, Fernie and Sparwood. Please visit us at one of our branches, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/EKCCU or at EKCCU.COM

EKC Media Contact
Mindy Atti, EKC BRANCH MANAGER
250.417.4518
hatti@ekccu.com

Jane Davies
250.417.4687
ekccumarketing@telus.net
East Kootenay Community Credit Union

Walk information
Margy DeNeef Slute
Campaign Coordinator
250.417.3167
mimar@live.ca
https://www.cnoy.org

EKC Donates $500 to Support Bike Racks in Cranbrook

 Dennis Walker riding to work photo credit Jeab Walker

Dennis Walker riding to work photo credit Jeab Walker

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 14, 2017

East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) was quick to respond to the need for bike racks in the City of Cranbrook.

Mindy Atti, Branch Manager at EKC, commends the efforts of the City of Cranbrook and Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary to provide numerous locations for cyclists to secure their bikes. EKC supports healthy growth – and bike racks are one step towards making the City of Cranbrook a more desirable city to live and be active in.

Bike racks are one of the many steps needed to encourage more people to be able to commute or ride for enjoyment. The Rails to Trails supports the mantra, ‘build it and they will come’. Cities and small towns alike have all got behind supporting what is needed to create safe, comfortable and interesting bike routes. Trails, both paved and unpaved, and inner city bike lanes that range from painted green to being built between the parking and side walk, have increased people’s desire to ride.

Atti encourages other businesses and individuals to contribute $500 to make the City of Cranbrook and Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary bike rack project a huge success.

More information about how to apply to be a sponsor or if you have questions, please contact Glenn Dobie at 250-417-3230 or Darryl Bishop at 250-426-6618.  An information and donation package is available for download or for pick up at City Hall.

At EKC, we make local lending decisions, local policies, and we have a local Board of Directors. If you are interested in being part of something bigger, not just something big, please stop by, call, or visit EKCCU.COM.

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About EKC
EKC was established in 1950, has grown to over $327 million in assets, and serves over 11,200 members throughout the East Kootenay. EKC is a community based financial co-operative that offers a full range of banking, financial planning (EKC MoneyWorks), and general insurance (KIS Ltd). Our community branches are located in Cranbrook, Elkford, Fernie and Sparwood. Please visit us at one of our branches, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/EKCCU or at EKCCU.COM

EKC Media Contact:
Jane Davies
ekccumarketing@telus.net
250.417.4687

EKC Responds to Tax Rate Decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 2, 2017

East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) Responds to Tax Rate Decision

EKC is pleased with the BC government’s recent announcement that it would pause any further increases to the 2017 credit union small business tax rate and would maintain the current 2016 levels.

“This is a positive change which will result in more money being invested in local communities” says Jody Burk, CEO at EKC. ”Any tax increase to a credit union has negative ripple effects for the economy and for small businesses in British Columbia.”

The former federal government announced in 2013 that it would phase out the small business tax rate for credit unions with the BC provincial government later following suit beginning January 1, 2016. This current pause comes after consultations with credit unions and other stakeholders.

Burk explains further, “By keeping a lower small business tax rate, EKC, like other credit unions can continue to provide significant support to local communities and invest in initiatives to enrich member experiences.“

A competitive tax environment allows credit unions to reinvest in the local economy. Credit unions across the province provide financial support for community projects and like EKC they take leadership roles in the community. Credit unions contribute 4% of pre-tax profits to local community project. The industry standard is 1%. When you bank at EKC, profits are returned to your community and to its member, by way of patronage rewards and dividends. In 2016 EKC gave back over $170,000 in patronage rewards, dividends, and community donations.

Further the local lending decisions are a huge benefit to small businesses and individuals. Credit unions have their head offices in the communities they serve. EKC’s head-office, located in Cranbrook, employs five senior managers and altogether EKC employs over fifty staff.

Understanding local needs allows a better understanding of each member’s needs. Decisions and direction are from local managers and Board of Directors. The more money stays local in turn builds local prosperity.

Credit unions have consistently outperformed all banks when it comes to serving the needs of Canadian small and medium sized businesses, ranking #1 in four of the last five Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) surveys.

This announcement demonstrates that the province understands the importance of credit unions and their impact in the communities where they operate,” said Don Wright, President and CEO of Central 1 Credit Union. “We look forward to continued consultations with the government and we hope that the result will allow credit unions to continue to support local economic development and provide financial services to underserved communities,” Wright said.

At EKC, we make local lending decisions, local policies, and we have a local Board of Directors. If you are interested in being part of something bigger, not just something big, please stop by, call, or visit EKCCU.COM.

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About EKC
EKC was established in 1950, has grown to over $327 million in assets, and serves over 11,200 members throughout the East Kootenay. EKC is a community based financial co-operative that offers a full range of banking, financial planning (EKC MoneyWorks), and general insurance (KIS Ltd). Our community branches are located in Cranbrook, Elkford, Fernie and Sparwood. Please visit us at one of our branches, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/EKCCU or at EKCCU.COM

EKC Media Contact:
Pam Pinch
Executive Assistant
ppinch@ekccu.com
250.426.8223 ext 3361

East Kootenay Community Credit Union
Jane Davies
ekccumarketing@telus.net
250.417.4687

EKC Hosts 'Sign Up Day' January 27


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 19, 2017

East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) Hosts ‘Sign Up Day’ Friday January 27, 2017 for the ‘Coldest Night of the Year’ Walk

As lead sponsor of the ‘Coldest Night of the Year Walk’, EKC Cranbrook branch would like to invite the community to stop by January 27 from 11am to 3pm to learn more about the walk, how to register and enjoy some snacks.

Community Connections Society SE BC is hosting the walk and encourages everyone to get involved in the family-friendly winter fundraising walk on the evening of February 25, 2017. Participants can walk a 2km, 5km or 10km route, starting at Mt. Baker Secondary and will warm up with toasty drinks at rest stops (Tim Hortons and Hot Shots) along the way. Finishing up the walk at the Community Connections Society where the Heid Out Restaurant and Brewhouse, will be serving warm bowls of soup.

Cranbrook and area residents will join thousands of participants in an anticipated 100 cities across Canada. By walking together in the chill of the night, participants will better understand the experience of being on the streets during a cold Canadian winter. The Community Connections Society SE BC will be the recipient of the funds raised and support the homeless outreach and prevention programs in our communities.

Mindy Atti, Team Captain and Branch Manager East Kootenay Community Credit Union states, “The walk really connected with our staff and we look forward to sharing our enthusiasm with everyone on Friday January 27 at our branch (920 Baker Street). We have three teams and growing. Please stop by EKC to learn more about how you can be involved as a Team Captain, walker and supporter. Together we can make a difference.”

At EKC, we make local lending decisions, local policies, and we have a local Board of Directors. If you are interested in being part of something bigger, not just something big, please stop by, call, or visit EKCCU.COM.

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Background Information

About EKC
EKC was established in 1950, has grown to over $327 million in assets, and serves over 11,200 members throughout the East Kootenay. EKC is a community based financial co-operative that offers a full range of banking, financial planning (EKC MoneyWorks), and general insurance (KIS Ltd). Our community branches are located in Cranbrook, Elkford, Fernie and Sparwood. Please visit us at one of our branches, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/EKCCU or at EKCCU.COM

EKC Media Contact:
Mindy Atti
EKC BRANCH MANAGER
250.417.4518
hatti@ekccu.com

Jane Davies
ekccumarketing@telus.net250.417.4687
East Kootenay Community Credit Union

Walk information:
Margy DeNeef Slute
Campaign Coordinator
250-417-3167
mimar@live.ca
https://www.cnoy.org

Cranbrook welcomes "The Coldest Night of the Year"

CRANBROOK, January 2nd, 2017

Community Connections Society SE BC is encouraging Cranbrook residents to bundle up and raise cold, hard cash for The Coldest Night of the Year (WALK). A family-friendly winter fundraising walk for Cranbrook’s homeless, hungry and hurting; the WALK takes place on the evening of February 25, 2017.

Thousands of participants will be taking part in the WALK in an anticipated 100 cities across Canada. By walking together in the chill of the night, participants will better understand the experience of being on the streets during a cold Canadian winter, while raising funds to aid the work of the Homeless Outreach and Prevention Programs in providing much-needed support to members of our community.

Donning iconic yellow and blue toques, participants will walk a 2km, 5km or 10km route, starting at Mt. Baker Secondary and will warm up with toasty drinks at rest stops (Tim Hortons and Hot Shots) along the way. Finishing up the walk at the Community Connections Society where our Meal sponsor Heid Out Restaurant and Brew House will be serving up warm bowls of soup.

This is Cranbrook's first year taking part in the Coldest Night of the Year, with a fundraising goal of $50,000 An expected 200+ walkers and 30+ teams, including staff and friends of Community Connections, East Kootenay Community Credit Union (Lead Sponsor) and Cranbrook Dodge and Western Financial (Supporting Sponsors) are expected to brave the cold winter's night. We’re seeking community sponsors and teams of 6 to 8 to enhance this event! Are you a Team Leader? Would love to have several team captains register and recruit team members. https://www.cnoy.org
Community Connections Society SE BC Homeless Outreach and Prevention Programs has been serving Cranbrook and area for several years, and the funds raised in the Coldest Night of the Year will benefit their clients in a time of the year known historically for low levels of giving.

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For further information, contact:
Margy DeNeef Slute (Campaign Coordinator)
C# 250-417-3167 H# 250-829-0652 email: mimar@live.ca
https://www.cnoy.org

 


 

 

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