2018 Press Releases

EKC Leads the Way in Establishing the Elkford Community Fund


Thank you to the East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) for kick-starting the Elkford Community Fund with a $5000 donation. Left to right: Jessica Bohn (Elkford Community Fund Steering Committee), Barb Nunes (EKC), Terry Vandale (Elkford Community Fund Steering Committee), and Eric Johnstone (EKC). Missing from photo: Shawna Klein (Elkford Community Fund Steering Committee).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Septenber 5, 2018

ELKFORD, BC, – East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) is once again showing its community leadership by kick-starting the Elkford Community Fund with a $5,000 donation.

Jean-Ann Debreceni, EKC Board Chair, stated “As a member-owned and community-based co-operative, and as the only financial institution in Elkford, EKC is very pleased to provide the first donation to the Elkford Community Fund. EKC and the Community Foundation both believe in the importance of investing locally, to make our communities even better places to live, work, and play. The Elkford Community Fund will provide a permanent and lasting benefit to our members and our community.”

The Elkford Community Fund operates under the umbrella of the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies (CFKR), which manages permanent endowment funds in Sparwood, Fernie, and Cranbrook, as well as the surrounding rural areas.

According to Lynnette Wray, Community Foundation Executive Director, “EKC is the ideal partner to kick-start the Elkford Community Fund. With EKC’s donation of $5,000, we are now inviting businesses, service clubs, and individuals to work with us to raise an additional $20,000. Once we have raised a total of $25,000 in the community, we will then have the potential to access $75,000 in matching funds, resulting in a permanently invested endowment fund of $100,000. In other words, each donated dollar could result in three dollars in matching funds, which is pretty amazing.“

“Once the $100,000 endowment fund is established, it will return approximately $2,200 to $2,300 in grants to local community projects in Elkford, every year, forever. The Elkford Community Fund will complement and enhance the on-going excellent work of the Elkford Project Society and the Elkford Community Enhancement Society,” Wray added.

The Elkford Community Fund Steering Committee will be the local point of contact for the Fund. The Steering Committee members are Shawna Klein, Terry Vandale, and Jessica Bohn, all of whom have deep roots in Elkford, are experienced community volunteers, and are very enthusiastic about the benefits of the Elkford Community Fund. Four additional seats remain open on the Steering Committee, for community members who are keen to help build the Elkford Community Fund.

Once a total of $25,000 has been raised in the community, including EKC’s $5,000 donation, an anonymous donor will provide $25,000 in matching funds. There will then be the potential to apply for a $50,000 matching donation from another donor.

The Community Funds in Sparwood and Fernie have both completed this same process of community donations and matching funds. As a result, each of these endowments now hold over $100,000 in permanently invested funds and are in their second year of providing community grants.

To join EKC in building the Elkford Community Fund, businesses, individuals, and service clubs are invited make their tax-receiptable donations via cheque (made out to the CFKR), cash, or e-transfer (emailed to Lynnette.Wray@CFKRockies.ca). Donations can be dropped off at the EKC Branch in Elkford, attention Shawna Klein, or mailed to CFKR, Box 242, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 4H8.

The CFKR currently holds a total of over $2 million in 30 permanently invested funds. CFKR was established in 2003 and is a federally incorporated not-for-profit and a CRA-registered charity. The CFKR is governed by 13 volunteer board members and employs one staff person.

For more information about the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies, please visit our website at www.cfkrockies.ca, like/follow/share our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CommunityFoundationKootenayRockies/, and contact Lynnette Wray, Executive Director, by phone (250-426-1119) or email (Lynnette.Wray@CFKRockies.ca).

Contact:
Lynnette Wray, Executive Director
Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies
Office Ph. 250-426-1119             
Mobile Ph. 250-919-9721
Email: Lynnette.Wray@CFKRockies.ca

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4th Annual “Our Hometown for Hunger” Event Raises $5000 for EKC Endowment Fund Benefiting Salvation Army Food Programs in Cranbrook



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 27, 2018

Cranbrook, BC – The 4th annual “Our Hometown for Hunger” event raised a record $5000. These funds will be permanently invested in the East Kootenay Community Credit Union Endowment Fund, which is held by the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies, and benefits Salvation Army food programs in Cranbrook.

Once again, Denham Ford’s Steve Zsillei and B-104/The Drive’s Riley Wilcox shared their energy and expertise to organize this fun community event, which was held on August 15.

Denham Ford generously matched donations up to $1000.00. Silverado Industries and K.D. Electric each made a corporate donation. East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) provided two $250 GICs as draw prizes. Donations from individuals, businesses, and the on-site food vendors, including Denham Ford’s matching funds, totalled $5000.

Steve Zsillei said, "Denham Ford believes in supporting our community over the long-term. By building this endowment, we’re helping to provide a grant, every year, forever, to our local Salvation Army food programs. A huge ‘thank you’ to everybody who came out for lunch as well as all the food vendors and volunteers."

According to Nancy Lemire, Salvation Army Community Ministries Coordinator, “Feeding hungry people is very important to us, and, as shown by this event, it is also important to our community. The annual grant from the EKC Endowment Fund helps us serve 24,000 school lunches and 13,000 community meals, every year. Thank you so very much to everyone involved with Hometown for Hunger for your efforts, your energy, your mindfulness, your inclusion, and for everything you do for less fortunate folks in our community. Thanks for helping us to help others!”

Mama’s Dumplings, Mr. Mike’s, Frybread for Fund$, Dominos Pizza, and Happy Cow served a delicious variety of food including dumplings, spring rolls, Mike burgers, fry bread tacos, pizza, and made-in-the-Kootenays ice cream. Darin Welch provided the live music, which was enjoyed by all.

Lynnette Wray, Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies Executive Director, shared her sincere appreciation: “Our heartfelt thanks to Steve from Denham Ford and Riley from B-104/The Drive for developing this into one of the fun, charitable events we look forward to in our community. Food, music, hanging out with friends, and all for a good cause—it was a great way to spend an August afternoon, despite the smoky skies!”

Jean-Ann Debreceni, current EKC Board Chair, played a key role in establishing the EKC Endowment Fund in 2004, to support local Salvation Army food programs. EKC’s initial donation of $10,000 has grown to over $25,000 in permanently invested funds, thanks to the “Our Hometown for Hunger” events as well as additional donations from EKC.

The Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies (CFKR) was established in 2003 and is a federally incorporated not-for-profit and a CRA-registered charity. It is governed by a 13-member, volunteer Board of Directors and employs one full-time staff person. CFKR holds a total of over $2 million in 30 permanently invested funds, which provide grants to community projects and programs, every year, forever. Since its first community grants in 2004, the Community Foundation has shared almost $500,000 with local projects and programs in our communities.

To join the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies in building a permanent “nest egg” for our community, please visit our website (www.CFKRockies.ca), like/follow/share our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CommunityFoundationKootenayRockies/), and contact Lynnette Wray, Executive Director, by phone (250.426.1119) or email (Lynnette.Wray@CFKRockies.ca).

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Contact:
Lynnette Wray, Executive Director
Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies
Office Ph. 250.426.1119             
Mobile Ph. 250.919.9721
Email: Lynnette.Wray@CFKRockies.ca

EKC Brings More ‘Community’ to the 55+ Games



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 27, 2018

Cranbrook, BC – East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) is proud to become a Gold Sponsor at the 2018 Kimberley/Cranbrook 55+ BC Games being held September 11–15. In addition to the sponsorship, EKC has 25 staff committed to volunteering; that’s over 40% of the financial institution out serving the community.

The staff hope to adopt Track & Field as their volunteer focus. Athletics was a logical focus for the staff as they were supportive several years ago to help save the track at the College of the Rockies and since then hold the bragging rights at the JCI Kootenay Fun Run for winning the 5km Corporate Challenge, with a team of 19 and raising $2,000 for ALS.

Mindy Atti, Branch Manager at EKC states, “Beyond encouraging healthy lifestyles of all ages, the 2018 Kimberley/Cranbrook 55+ BC Games will directly benefit our communities. As we (EKC) play a big role in the community we want to help make the games the best they can be.” She went on to challenge all the businesses to get involved and encourage their staff to volunteer.

EKC staff offered several reasons why they volunteer, “Involvement is really important to us and our communities, especially with such an exciting event as the games. You feel proud to be living here and volunteering alongside so many fantastic people.”

Join EKC in getting involved. Contact the games directly at www.55plusgames.ca. See you (CU) at the games!


Track athlete receiving awards at the 2017 55+ Games Vernon

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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 $343 million in assets and serves over 11,000 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.

Peer Group Three Credit Unions Push Flood Relief Fundraiser Far Past its $50,000 Goal With $20,000 donation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 25, 2018

Grand Forks, BC – Seven credit unions from the Boundary, Kootenay, and Columbia Valley have collaborated in their efforts to provide financial relief for Grand Forks and its surrounding communities. In early May, the severe overland flooding of two rivers that meet in the downtown core of Grand Forks, placed the entire region into a prolonged state of emergency. Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes, and hundreds of buildings succumbed to unprecedented water levels.

Together, Columbia Valley, Creston and District, East Kootenay Community, Grand Forks, Heritage, Kootenay Savings, and Nelson and District Credit Unions, also known as “Peer Group Three”, have donated $20,000, pushing the online fundraiser more than $10,000 past its original goal of $50,000. The following statement has been collectively issued by Peer Group Three:

“We have seen our partners, employees, friends, and families directly impacted by the floods in Boundary Country, and have been truly inspired by the community’s ability to coordinate and collaborate in the face of urgency and devastation. Pushing through this terrible event with such a positive and community first mindset is a testament to true small-town BC living. Residents have done a tremendous amount of physical labour and have been generously donating their own resources – homes, money and food have become shared goods among many people. The situation has highlighted what we are all about in the cooperative system and has inspired our peer group to make its first ever collaborative donation. We hope this $20,000 is a stepping stone on the path to recovery, and we are confident in our neighbor’s ability to restore and rebuild.”

All funds raised by the effort are being used to give short-term assistance to individuals and small businesses that have been directly impacted by the flooding and evacuations.


From Grand Forks Credit Union (gfcu): “With multiple people and organizations contacting us to donate from outside the region, we have organized this “Go Fund Me” to ensure the option is there for anyone wishing to contribute. In light of the extreme generosity from those like our partners in Peer Group Three, the fundraiser will continue and has increased its goal to $75,000.”

A direct link to donate can be found on the home page at www.gfcu.com

Please direct questions or comments to Jeff Fero of gfcu.
Phone: 1.866.442.5511
Email: jfero@gfcu.com

EKC Leads the Way in Supporting Our Local Community Foundation with a $5,000 Donation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 15, 2018

CRANBROOK, BC – East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) is leading the way in supporting the on-going operations of the Cranbrook and District Community Foundation (CDCF), with a generous donation of $5,000.


Lynnette Wray, CDCF Executive Director, and Jean-Ann Debreceni, EKC Board Chair

“The CDCF is very proud to offer excellent customer service to its donors, endowment fund holders, volunteers, and the community at large. EKC’s donation will play a key role in our ability to maintain the excellent customer service that our communities deserve,” said Lynnette Wray, CDCF Executive Director

Having an efficient and effective local office is a key component in the successes of the Community Foundation, which include granting almost half a million dollars to a wide variety of local non-profits over the last 14 years, establishing new Community Funds in each of Sparwood and Fernie, and growing 29 permanent endowment funds that support a wide range of positive projects and programs in our communities. The CDCF also supports local projects such as the homeless shelter project with the Salvation Army, an indoor soccer facility project with the Kootenay East Youth Sports Association (KEYSA), and support for competitive climbers with the East Kootenay Climbing Association (EKCA).

Jean-Ann Debreceni, EKC Board Chair, stated “EKC and the Community Foundation both believe in the importance of investing locally, to make our communities even better places to live, work, and play, today, tomorrow, and into the future. As a member-owned and community-based co-operative, EKC recognizes that having a strong and sustainable Community Foundation will benefit our members and our community, now and in the future.”

“EKC is the ideal partner to launch our fundraising campaign to assist with our on-going operating costs,” added Wray. “EKC has supported the CDCF from the very beginning, coming on board as one of the first endowment fund holders and being a key supporter over the years, including this most recent donation.”

The CDCF Board of Directors has set a goal of raising $30,000 in 2018 to support the on-going operations of the local office, which has recently re-located to the Ground Floor Coworking Space at 100-131 7th Avenue South in Cranbrook.

Wray said, “The Community Foundation is using several strategies to meet our on-going operating costs, and this fundraising campaign is one of them. With this generous donation from EKC, contributions from our CDCF Board members, and other community donations, we have raised almost $9,000 so far, which is 30% of our goal.”

The CDCF currently holds over $2 million in permanently endowed funds. The CDCF Board of Directors is working towards reaching $5 million in permanent endowments, which will allow the current scope of operations to be self-sufficient.

For anyone who is interested in supporting the on-going operations of our local Community Foundation, donations via cash or cheque can be mailed to the CDCF, P.O. Box 242, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 4H8 or dropped off at the CDCF office at 100 - 131 7th Ave. S, Cranbrook. E-transfers can be emailed to Lynnette.wray@cranbrookcf.ca. For more information, please contact Lynnette Wray, Executive Director, by phone at 250-426-1119. All donors will receive an official charitable donation tax receipt.

The Cranbrook and District Community Foundation is a CRA-registered charity and was federally incorporated as a not-for-profit in 2003. The CDCF is governed by 13 volunteer board members and employs one staff person.

For more information about the CDCF, please visit our website at www.cranbrookcf.ca and like/share our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cranbrookcf/

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Contact:
Lynnette Wray, Executive Director
Cranbrook and District Community Foundation
Office Ph. 250-426-1119      
Mobile Ph. 250-919-9721
Email: Lynnette.wray@cranbrookcf.ca

2018 Community Cash Award Winners Announced by EKC at 68th AGM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 1, 2018

East Kootenay — Members and guests joined East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) for the financial institution’s 68th Annual General Meeting, April 27. Jean-Ann Debreceni, Chair of the Board of Directors, welcomed the crowd of 140 members and guests. The acclaimed Directors, Jean-Ann Debreceni, Barb Nunes and Russell Pask and Board members Don Holt, Diane Byford, Mark Spittael, Jose Galdamez and Lynnette Wray were thanked for their time and commitment.

Jean-Ann Debreceni spoke to the role of the Board of Directors and emphasized their decisions are always based on what is best for the members. CEO Jody Burk spoke of their success being a balance of financials, member satisfaction, employee engagement and community value.

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 Lynnette Wray, Chair of the Nominating Committee, “We received 14 very strong applications and made the difficult decisions narrowing that list down to the six 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 $7,773 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 in Cranbrook area.”


$946 went to 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.


$994 went to 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.


$1,110 went to 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.


$1,341 went to 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.


$1,433 went to Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise

The We-Bike cycling program, run by Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise, educates and engages Grade 4 students in a positive cycling experience that builds skills in a fun and safe learning environment. Bikes and helmets are provided to enable all students to join in the fun and learn important cycling skills. The program consists of 3 sessions/class and is instructed by local coaches and volunteers.

To enhance their We-Bike cycling program the Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise will use funds to produce a Kootenay Kids Cycling Handbook on skills, safety, bike care, road safety, hand signals, local cycling opportunities & more. Every Grade 4 student will receive a copy of the handbook.


$1,949 went to Cranbrook Garden Club

Cranbrook Garden Club (CGC) had the most Community Cash. They received $949 Community Cash dollars from members and guests, $500 for attending and a bonus of $500 for having the most Community Cash! CGC received $1,949 from EKC!

CGC has welcomed people who have an interest in gardening, 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.

This is the second time the Community Cash Award has come to Cranbrook. Last year it supported seven Elk Valley groups.

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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 2017 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 $342,980,000 in assets and serves over 11,000 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

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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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