2018 Press Releases

Seven partnering credit unions outline next steps as they continue to explore one, united credit union

Community Cash Award Finalists Announced by EKC



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 3, 2018

East Kootenay — East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) has announced the list of finalists for their third Community Cash Award. The Community Cash Award is aimed to develop healthy and diverse communities. It has been offered to local community groups as an opportunity to apply for funding and create awareness for their group. Unlike other funding initiatives, the Community Cash Award provides EKC members, and the community, the opportunity to ‘invest in’ and select the award winners.

According to Jean-Ann Debreceni, EKC Board Chair, “We’re so impressed with the quality of the 14 applications we received for the Community Cash Award. It’s incredible how many community organizations are contributing to the creation of healthy and sustainable communities. It was difficult to select the finalists, however we truly appreciate and thank all of the applicants for their efforts.”

Each of the Community Cash Award finalists will go to the next round which is to set up information tables to promote their organization and project at EKC’s Cranbrook branch (920 Baker St.) April 10 to 14. The finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Cranbrook Boys and Girls Club
Impact Youth Cycling Adventures is run by Youth Impact Centre. It is a free program for youth in middle and high school ages 12-18. The program provides fun activities, physical fitness and learning experiences for youth. Impact Cycling Adventures will help fund bicycles, safety equipment, and tools to support group rides. In addition to biking, youth will learn about safety, healthy living and connect to the outdoors.

Cranbrook Community Forest Society
The Cranbrook Community Forest provides an easily accessible opportunity for people to get outdoors for exercise, for a meaningful connection with the local natural environment and for an education destination. Funds will be used for the purchase of educational signage designed to inform the public of how a healthy forest contributes to a healthy environment for nearby communities and the biodiversity of the area.

Cranbrook Garden Club
Cranbrook Garden Club (CGC) has welcomed people who have an interest in gardening, community beautification, and appreciation for 25 years. Cranbrook Open Garden Day (OGD) is a one-day self-guided garden and art tour where the public can learn from local gardeners and artists. The funds will be used to bring in a formal speaker to further inspire and educate the public about their own gardens and community beautification projects.

Rockies Rowing Club
Rockies Rowing Club teaches and trains those interested in the sport of rowing. Rowing can be a life-long leisure activity as it is low impact and provides an opportunity to commune with nature. Access to other lakes increases skill level for rowers and therefore a portable boat and motor are required for safety. Rowing supports safety, fitness, well-being, inclusivity, youth engagement that all make our area a better place to live.

Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise
The Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise “We-Bike” program (new name - formerly iRide) is developing a “Kootenay Kids Cycling Handbook” to augment the program. The cycling program which started in 2016, takes place each Spring in all local elementary schools and is offered to Grade Four students. At the completion of the outdoor on-bike portion of the program each student will receive a copy of this handbook. The handbook will contain information on Cycling Safety, Rules of the Road, Bike Checks & Maintenance, where you can ride your bike, and more!

Symphony of the Kootenays
Symphony of the Kootenays (SOTK) mandate is to present live orchestral concert performances and facilitate key cultural and community objectives. These include engaging professional musicians, audiences, and youth to ensure that a valuable and long-standing tradition remains vibrant and viable.

EKC’s Annual General Meeting takes place in Cranbrook on April 27 at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort starting at 6 pm (meeting starts at 7 pm). At the AGM, guests will receive free EKC Community Cash to ‘invest’ with one or more of the community groups of their choice. Each of the groups will receive $500 for attending the AGM as well as the real cash equivalent of 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 to build on our past success. It has proven to be a fun and inclusive way to involve both EKC members as well as local youth and the community in selecting the Community Cash Award 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 for those that would like to attend the meeting. 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 Award.

It’s important to note that members, supporters and youth who wish to participate in investing ‘Community Cash’ to award finalists must RSVP that they will attend the AGM by April 18 to Pam Pinch (info below).

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

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Media Contact
Jane Davies
Phone 250.421.8687
jane87@telus.net

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 $327 million in assets and serves over 11,480 members throughout the East Kootenay. EKC is a community based financial cooperative 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 EKCCU.COM.

Better than a bank: Credit unions lead Canadian financial institutions for customer service excellence 13 years in a row.

Credit unions ranked first in customer satisfaction, again, by Canada’s small and medium-sized businesses nationally and provincially.

All EKC Branches received Platinum Best of Business Awards.

EKC in support of the East Kootenay High Acuity Response Team (HART)



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 29, 2018, Cranbrook, BC:

East Kootenay Community Credit Union teams up with the East Kootenay Foundation for Health in support of the East Kootenay High Acuity Response Team (HART)

It was a snowy winter day when the Fernie hospital received a trauma patient who was involved in a motor vehicle collision on highway 3. He sustained multiple injuries including fractures and internal bleeding. The Fernie healthcare team did a fantastic job in stabilizing this patient but he needed to be transferred to a higher level of care and both STARS and BC Air Ambulance could not fly due to weather. Before the development of the High Acuity Response Team (HART), a Physician and Nurse from the Fernie Emergency Department would move this patient with BC ambulance, at times leaving the hospital with no physician. In this case the High Acuity Response Team (HART) along with BC Ambulance drove from Cranbrook to Fernie and transported this patient back to East Kootenay Regional hospital where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit and received surgical care.

Rural doctors are appreciating the service…

“The introduction of HART supports the sustainability of medical services in rural communities outside of Cranbrook, as this will reduce the number of times nurses and physicians from rural health sites are required to leave their communities to assist in the transport of acutely ill patients.”

East Kootenay Health Region has a High Acuity Response Team (HART) made up of Critical Care nurses and Respiratory Therapists based out of the East Kootenay Regional Hospital (EKRH) in Cranbrook. This team works in partnership with BC Ambulance service (BCAS) to bring critical care support to rural hospitals, and when necessary, transport patients to a higher level of care. This includes bringing specialized monitoring equipment, medication administration, and clinicians providing advanced interventions at the patient’s bedside and during transport.

HART is involved in critical care ground transfer in the East Kootenay (EK) corridor, while BCAS air ambulance and STARS provide fixed wing and rotary service for patients requiring transport to Kelowna, Calgary, and Vancouver.

Last year EK HART was involved in the site care and transport of approximately 240 patients servicing Golden, Invermere, Fernie, Sparwood, Elkford, and Creston hospitals. They continue to work on building strong relationships with the rural sites with the aim at improving critical health care access in these smaller communities and preventing rural Physicians and Nurses from having to transport these patients.

When HART is not supporting critical care at a rural site, they are actively working at EKRH providing many functions including trauma team support, Emergency, Intensive Care, Pediatric, and critical care nursing.
Registered Nurse Izabella Brehm is excited to be a part of the EK HART, “We rely on great teamwork and collaboration between multiple organizations to ensure patients get the highest quality of health care. We have a lot of cutting edge portable equipment that allows us to do things we would normally do in a regional ICU out in a rural hospital or in the back of an ambulance”.

East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) in conjunction with the East Kootenay Foundation for Health is currently launching a sponsorship funding campaign to raise money for specialized equipment so HART can continue to use the best, most current equipment and technology available. EKC kicked off this campaign by donating $2500.00 to HART. Please support the EK HART team, and support the health care in your community by donating to this campaign. For more information please contact the East Kootenay Foundation for Health at 250-489-6481 or watch the video at EKCCU.COM to learn about the HART Program.

Donations can be made in Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood and Cranbrook branch of EKC.

Contact: Brenna Baker EKFH 250-489-6481

East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) Helps Cranbrook Foodbank Get Started in 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday January 8, 2018, Cranbrook, BC: East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) has helped the Cranbrook Food Bank replenish for 2018 with a donation of $2,500.

Cranbrook is incredibly generous especially during the holidays with fundraising activities, donations, and volunteerism. EKC encourages the community to keep the needs of the Cranbrook Food Bank top of mind throughout the year.

Gerry Oviatt and his team of fellow volunteers operate twelve months of the year and give out on average 450 hampers a month or approximately 33,000 pounds of food. Activities required for the Cranbrook Food Bank to collect, sort and prepare hampers is supported by fifty volunteers. A day shift would need fourteen to sixteen volunteers. Last year the need for hampers increased 12%, and 36% of the people receiving hampers are children.

EKC is happy to help kick start 2018. Jean-Ann Debreceni, Board Chair of EKC explains, "2017 was a good year and has given back over $292,000. This included patronage reward (money is given back to members), dividends (money paid to members for saving in a shares account) and donations. She went on to say, “The work done by the devoted volunteers at Cranbrook Food Bank makes people’s lives better.



L-R: Jean-Ann Debreceni, EKC Board Chair; Gerry Oviatt, Cranbrook Food Bank; Brian Smith, Cranbrook Food Bank; Mindy Atti, EKC Branch Manager; Lana Sheppard, EKC Manager Commercial Services; and Diane Byford, EKC Board


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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 cooperative 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 EKCCU.COM.

Better than a bank: Credit unions lead Canadian financial institutions for customer service excellence 13 years in a row.

Credit unions ranked first in customer satisfaction, again, by Canada’s small and medium-sized businesses nationally and provincially.

All EKC Branches received Platinum Best of Business Awards.


 

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