2021 Press Releases

'Not Alone' Campaign $10,000 closer to becoming a reality in East Kootenay



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 20, 2021

East Kootenay – East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) partner Concentra has awarded one of their top three national awards of $10,000 to the 'Not Alone' campaign, a joint effort by the East Kootenay Foundation for Health (EKFH) and Ktunaxa Kinbasket Child and Family Services Society (KKCFSS) to raise funds for the establishment of Foundry East Kootenay in Cranbrook.

Foundry East Kootenay is a forthcoming wellness centre for youth ages 12-24, that will provide walk-in mental health and substance use services including primary care, counselling, peer support, employment and education resources. The centre will serve the entire Interior Health East Kootenay Region comprising a population of more than 85,000 people. This funding contributes to the East Kootenay Foundation for Health's goal of raising $1.4 million for the 'Not Alone' campaign to bring Foundry to the East Kootenay area.

Since 2011, Concentra, a schedule one chartered bank focused on providing financial services to Canada’s credit union system, has awarded $1.9 million through their credit union partners to 120 communities across Canada. Concentra's 11th annual Empowering Your Community campaign granted Canadian credit unions $100,000 for community projects.

"Now more than ever, support for communities is important," says Don Coulter, President and CEO of Concentra Bank. "Our purpose is to enable success, and teaming up with credit unions to empower communities is a great way to do that."

EKC identified Foundry East Kootenay as a recipient in their 70th Anniversary donations of $115,000. EKC's board and senior managers felt funding the creation of a Foundry center was an important way to support the well-being of youth in East Kootenay, an increasing challenge in the midst of the COVID pandemic. EKC decided to bring more attention to Foundry East Kootenay and hope to inspire more funding to the 'Not Alone' campaign.

"On behalf of the East Kootenay Foundation for Health and the Not Alone Campaign, we would like to thank the East Kootenay Community Credit Union and Concentra for this wonderful donation," says Brenna Baker, Executive Director of East Kootenay Foundation for Health. "This boost will certainly help us get Foundry East Kootenay up and running sooner.  We are very grateful for the partnership that we have with EKC. They are always so supportive in all of the projects that we have on the go."

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Left to Right: Ken Lo, EKC; Jane Davies, EKC; Brenna Baker, EKFH: and Colin Sinclair, KKCFSS mask up to receive $10,000 from Concentra.

Media Contact

Jane Davies
East Kootenay Community Credit Union
250.421.8687
marketing@ekccu.com

Brenna Baker
Executive Director
East Kootenay Foundation for Health
250.489.6481
Brenna.Baker@interiorhealth.ca

Colin Sinclair
Chief Administrative officer
Ktunaxa Kinbasket Child & Family Services Society
250.489.4563  ext. 3011
colin.sinclair@ktunaxa.org

About EKC

EKC was established in 1950 and has grown to over $427 million in assets. It serves over 11,034 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, Instagram, LinkedIn or at EKCCU.COM

EKC Announces Elkford Trails Alliance as the Final Recipient of $10,000 from the 70th Anniversary Legacy Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 22, 2021

East Kootenay – Congratulations to the Elkford Trails Alliance, the final recipient of $10,000 from the $50,000 Legacy Campaign as the last part of its 70 Year $115,000 Celebration!

EKC's Board of Directors initiated the celebration in honour of its 70th Anniversary. Its purpose is to continue support for strong, local communities and support community groups who have felt the impact of COVID-19.

The Elkford Trails Alliance will receive $10,000 for their Winter Trails Project, including a permanent storage unit for their single track groomer – the Snowdog, and related equipment for trail maintenance. The trails require maintenance in the summer season, and annual trail maintenance days are being organized so the trails will be ready for each of the upcoming seasons.

As more non‐motorized trails are established, the scope of trail maintenance and grooming in Elkford will continue to grow, thus embracing the growing culture of our healthy outdoor lifestyle.

The Elkford Trails Alliance hopes to get more users exploring Elkford year-round and foster the community's "get intimate with nature" lifestyle.

(L-R) Donita Orsten, EKC Elkford and member of the Legacy Celebration Committee and representatives from the Elkford Trails Alliance, Dan Sarkany, Colin Standish, Darrin Cook, Katherine Russell, and Guillaume Goggin

The Legacy Campaign recipients include:

  • Cranbrook Search and Rescue
  • Elkford Housing Society
  • Elk Valley Senior Housing Society - Lilac Terrace Sparwood
  • Fernie Nordic Society
  • Elkford Trails Alliance

EKC’s Positive Contributions Campaign from 2020 gave back $20,000 last fall. Each of the following groups received $2,500:

  • Branch Out Society in Fernie
  • Michel-Natal Branch #081 in Sparwood
  • Caregivers Network for the East Kootenay Seniors in Cranbrook
  • Wapiti Ski Club in Elkford
  • Twin Meadows Animal Rescue Society in Fernie
  • Sparwood Community Response Network in Sparwood
  • Computer Donation Program in Cranbrook
  • Elkford Housing Society in Elkford

EKC’s December 14th Anniversary Donations gave back $45,000. Each of the following groups received $15,000:

  • The Foundry East Kootenay supported by East Kootenay Foundation for Health and Ktunaxa Kinbasket Child and Family Services
  • KEYSA’s Multi-Sport Indoor Facility
  • Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies to support Cranbrook’s Salvation Army food program

Like in 1950, when the credit union first opened, EKC’s Board of Directors believes there is a better way to bank. As a local, strong credit union, EKC is here for its members and their communities.

Details at: https://www.ekccu.com/Personal/InOurCommunity/CommunityGiving/Programs/70thAnniversaryLegacyCampaign/



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

Background Information

About EKC
EKC was established in 1950 and has grown to over $405 million in assets. It serves over 11,034 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, Instagram, LinkedIn or at EKCCU.COM

EKC Announces Fernie Nordic Society as the Fourth Recipient of $10,000 from the 70th Anniversary Legacy Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 12, 2021

East Kootenay – Congratulations to the Fernie Nordic Society, the fourth recipient of $10,000 from the $50,000 Legacy Campaign as the final part of its 70 Year $115,000 Celebration!

EKC's Board of Directors initiated the celebration in honour of its 70th Anniversary. Its purpose is to continue support for strong, local communities and support community groups who have felt the impact of COVID-19.

The Fernie Nordic Society (FNS) is dedicated to providing exceptional cross country skiing opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages. It is a cornerstone for outdoor activity in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. With close to 1,000 members and growing, the FNS has approximately 10 kilometers of groomed trails, three information kiosks and a warming hut available for rent. More information can be found at www.fernienordic.com

EKC's funding will go towards the Fernie Nordic Society's 'Light Up Our Lives' campaign designed to light several classic and skate skiing trails at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre.

The trails' lighting will generate more opportunities for the community during the long winter months for fresh air and exercise and offer other youth and children's events.

The EKC Legacy Campaign looks forward to supporting one more recipient in 2021.

EKC’s Positive Contributions Campaign from 2020 gave back $20,000 last fall. Each of the following groups received $2,500:

  • Branch Out Society in Fernie
  • Michel-Natal Branch #081 in Sparwood
  • Caregivers Network for the East Kootenay Seniors in Cranbrook
  • Wapiti Ski Club in Elkford
  • Twin Meadows Animal Rescue Society in Fernie
  • Sparwood Community Response Network in Sparwood
  • Computer Donation Program in Cranbrook
  • Elkford Housing Society in Elkford

EKC’s December 14th Anniversary Donations gave back $45,000. Each of the following groups received $15,000:

  • The Foundry East Kootenay supported by East Kootenay Foundation for Health and Ktunaxa Kinbasket Child and Family Services
  • KEYSA’s Multi-Sport Indoor Facility
  • Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies to support Cranbrook’s Salvation Army food program

Like in 1950, when the credit union first opened, EKC’s Board of Directors believes there is a better way to bank. As a local, strong credit union, EKC is here for its members and their communities.

Details at: https://www.ekccu.com/Personal/InOurCommunity/CommunityGiving/Programs/70thAnniversaryLegacyCampaign/


(L-R) Jeff Williams, FNS Director of Skier Development; Stephen Gort, Commercial Account Manager and Staff Representative of the Legacy Celebration Committee; Megan Lohmann, FNS President; Sam Sedlowsky, FNS Events Coordinator



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

Background Information

About EKC
EKC was established in 1950 and has grown to over $405 million in assets. It serves over 11,034 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, Instagram, LinkedIn or at EKCCU.COM

EKC Announces Elk Valley Senior Housing Society’s Lilac Terrace in Sparwood as the Third Recipient of $10,000 from the 70th Anniversary Legacy Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 6, 2021

East Kootenay – Congratulations to the Elk Valley Senior Housing Society’s Lilac Terrace in Sparwood, the third recipient of $10,000 from the $50,000 Legacy Campaign as the final part of its 70th Anniversary $115,000 Celebration!

EKC’s Board of Directors initiated the celebration in honour of its 70th Anniversary. Its purpose is to continue support for strong, local communities and support community groups who have felt the impact of COVID-19.

Lilac Terrace is a residence in Sparwood that offers affordable housing and support for seniors. There are 42 apartments, some of which are eligible for subsidized housing through BC Housing. More information can be found at www.lilacterrace.net.

EKC’s funding will go towards converting the community room to a bachelor suite. The smaller suite will have lower rent, providing an option for smaller budgets. Plus, this creates additional rental space at a time when housing can be difficult to find.

The EKC Legacy Campaign looks forward to supporting two more recipients in 2021.

EKC’s Positive Contributions Campaign from 2020 gave back $20,000 last fall. Each of the following groups received $2,500:

  • Branch Out Society in Fernie
  • Michel-Natal Branch #081 in Sparwood
  • Caregivers Network for the East Kootenay Seniors in Cranbrook
  • Wapiti Ski Club in Elkford
  • Twin Meadows Animal Rescue Society in Fernie
  • Sparwood Community Response Network in Sparwood
  • Computer Donation Program in Cranbrook
  • Elkford Housing Society in Elkford

EKC’s December 14th Anniversary Donations gave back $45,000. Each of the following groups received $15,000:

  • The Foundry East Kootenay supported by East Kootenay Foundation for Health and Ktunaxa Kinbasket Child and Family Services
  • KEYSA’s Multi-Sport Indoor Facility
  • Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies to support Cranbrook’s Salvation Army food program

Like in 1950, when the credit union first opened, EKC’s Board of Directors believes there is a better way to bank. As a local, strong credit union, EKC is here for its members and their communities.

Details at: https://www.ekccu.com/Personal/InOurCommunity/CommunityGiving/Programs/70thAnniversaryLegacyCampaign/


(L-R) Michelle Malan, Administrator for the Elk Valley Seniors Housing Society (Lilac Terrace) and Stephonie Gordon, Staff Representative of the Legacy Celebration Committee, Sparwood Branch




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

Background Information

About EKC
EKC was established in 1950 and has grown to over $405 million in assets. It serves over 11,034 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, Instagram, LinkedIn or at EKCCU.COM

EKC Announces Elkford Housing Society as the Second Recipient of $10,000 from the 70th Anniversary Legacy Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 24, 2021

East Kootenay – Congratulations to Elkford Housing Society (EHS), the second recipient of $10,000 from the $50,000 Legacy Campaign as the third and final part of its 70 Year $115,000 Celebration!

EKC’s Board of Directors initiated the celebration in honour of its 70th Anniversary. Its purpose is to continue support for strong, local communities and support community groups who have felt the impact of COVID-19.

The lack of safe and accessible housing has led to seniors leaving Elkford as they age.

The Elkford Housing Society (EHS) was incorporated in 2018 with the vision to provide residents of Elkford with housing options that allow residents to remain in Elkford for as long as they desire regardless of socio-economic status or age. They recognize safe, affordable, and accessible housing for seniors would make Elkford a better place to live.

In December 2020, the Elkford Housing Society application was approved by BC Housing with a 60-year operating agreement. This commitment is the first of this length and will ensure that the Elkford Senior Housing will remain an essential part of our community.

The three-story apartment block will start construction this spring and contain units for accessible independent living. The units will combine deep subsidy units, rent geared to income, and rent slightly below market. This mixed unit configuration will allow renters of all income levels the opportunity to become tenants. The building will contain 16 one-bedroom units, six two-bedroom units, Elkford’s first elevator, underground parking, shared spaces, in-house laundry, parking for motorized scooters, individual storage spaces, and on-site part-time management. All common areas will be barrier-free, allowing residents easy access and providing an opportunity for socialization. The building will meet or exceed the current environmental step code. Also, it will meet or exceed all provincial, national, and municipal building requirements and standards. Green technology will be applied in the construction and ongoing operation of our building.

The EKC Legacy Campaign looks forward to supporting three more recipients in 2021.

EKC’s Positive Contributions Campaign from 2020 gave back $20,000 last fall. Each of the following groups received $2,500:

  • Branch Out Society in Fernie
  • Michel-Natal Branch #081 in Sparwood
  • Caregivers Network for the East Kootenay Seniors in Cranbrook
  • Wapiti Ski Club in Elkford
  • Twin Meadows Animal Rescue Society in Fernie
  • Sparwood Community Response Network in Sparwood
  • Computer Donation Program in Cranbrook
  • Elkford Housing Society in Elkford

EKC’s December 14th Anniversary Donations gave back $45,000. Each of the following groups received $15,000:

  • The Foundry East Kootenay supported by East Kootenay Foundation for Health and Ktunaxa Kinbasket Child and Family Services
  • KEYSA’s Multi-Sport Indoor Facility
  • Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies to support Cranbrook’s Salvation Army food program

Like in 1950, when the credit union first opened, EKC’s Board of Directors believes there is a better way to bank. As a local, strong credit union, EKC is here for its members and their communities.

Details at: https://www.ekccu.com/Personal/InOurCommunity/CommunityGiving/Programs/70thAnniversaryLegacyCampaign/


(L-R) Shawna, Elkford Branch Manager; Stephen Fairbairn, Director at EKC and also Secretary of the Elkford Housing Society; Kim Bauer, Vice President, Elkford Housing Society; Donita Orsten, Staff Representative of the Legacy Celebration Committee




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

Background Information

About EKC
EKC was established in 1950 and has grown to over $405 million in assets. It serves over 11,034 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, Instagram, LinkedIn or at EKCCU.COM

EKC Announces its First Recipient of $10,000 from the 70th Anniversary Legacy Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 17, 2021

East Kootenay – Congratulations to Cranbrook Search and Rescue Society – Highway Rescue, the first recipient of $10,000 from the $50,000 Legacy Campaign as the third and final part of its 70 Year $115,000 Celebration!

EKC’s Board of Directors initiated the celebration in honour of its 70th Anniversary. Its purpose is to continue support for strong, local communities and support community groups who have felt the impact of COVID-19.

EKC’s staff committee had overwhelming support for Cranbrook Search and Rescue Society. “We recognized the number of people the organization supports and the impact their work has in the East Kootenay,” says Pam Pinch, staff representative.

The non-profit society was established in Cranbrook in 1984 and consists of three divisions, Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR), K9 and Highway Rescue.

The Highway Division will receive $10,000 to obtain equipment that will allow their team to safely extract injured individuals to ensure prompt medical attention is administered.

The Highway Division is a specialized team that responds to motor vehicle accidents and assists Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services with aircraft incidents. They cover 120 kilometres of provincial highways and support forestry roads. The team responds to on average 80 calls a year.

EKC's contribution will go towards new safety equipment.

  • Automatic vehicle stabilizers – high-pressure bags that lift the vehicle in a controlled manner that enables the team to better access the patient.
  • Battery-powered combi tool (also known as the jaws of life) – the current system is time-consuming as equipment needs to be removed from the truck and hydraulic hoses connected.
  • Airbag containment covers – safety device placed over a steering wheel to secure them from deploying (airbags that deploy can cause serious injury, even death to a person that is near it).

This equipment will increase the speed and safety of stabilizing the vehicle, ensuring prompt medical attention, more accessibility for the combi tool and ensure airbags are contained in the process.


EKC's Positive Contributions Campaign gave back $20,000 last fall. Each of the following groups received $2,500:

  • Branch Out Society in Fernie
  • Michel-Natal Branch #081 in Sparwood
  • Caregivers Network for the East Kootenay Seniors in Cranbrook
  • Wapiti Ski Club in Elkford
  • Twin Meadows Animal Rescue Society in Fernie
  • Sparwood Community Response Network in Sparwood
  • Computer Donation Program in Cranbrook
  • Elkford Housing Society in Elkford

EKC's December 14 Anniversary Donations gave back $45,000. Each of the following groups received $15,000:

  • The Foundry East Kootenay supported by East Kootenay Foundation for Health and Ktunaxa Kinbasket Child and Family Services
  • KEYSA's Multi-Sport Indoor Facility
  • Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies to support Cranbrook's Salvation Army food program

Like in 1950, when the credit union first opened, EKC's Board of Directors believes there is a better way to bank. As a local, strong credit union, EKC is here for its members and their communities.

Details at:
https://www.ekccu.com/Personal/InOurCommunity/CommunityGiving/Programs/70thAnniversaryLegacyCampaign/.




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Media Contact
Jane Davies
250.421.8687
marketing@ekccu.com

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

Background Information

About EKC
EKC was established in 1950 and has grown to over $405 million in assets. It serves over 11,034 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, Instagram, LinkedIn or at EKCCU.COM

EKC Announces $50,000 Legacy Campaign the Third and Final Funding to Celebrate its 70th!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Janaury 14, 2021

East Kootenay – EKC announces the $50,000 Legacy Campaign as the third and final funding for its 70th year $115,000 Celebration!

EKC is offering community groups a chance to be awarded $10,000 for legacy projects! Funds will be granted by the Cranbrook, Elkford, Fernie and Sparwood branches, plus there will be a regional award.

EKC's Board of Directors initiated the 70th Anniversary Celebration in honour of its 70th Anniversary and to continue support for strong, local communities. The additional $45,000 resulted from EKC's strong financial year and commitment to support community groups who have felt the impact of COVID-19.

EKC's Positive Contributions Campaign gave back $20,000 last fall. Each of the following groups received $2,500:

  • Branch Out Society in Fernie
  • Michel-Natal Branch #081 in Sparwood
  • Caregivers Network for the East Kootenay Seniors in Cranbrook
  • Wapiti Ski Club in Elkford
  • Twin Meadows Animal Rescue Society in Fernie
  • Sparwood Community Response Network in Sparwood
  • Computer Donation Program in Cranbrook
  • Elkford Housing Society in Elkford

EKC's December 14 Anniversary Donations gave back $45,000. Each of the following groups received $15,000:

  • The Foundry East Kootenay supported by East Kootenay Foundation for Health and Ktunaxa Kinbasket Child and Family Services
  • KEYSA's Multi-Sport Indoor Facility
  • Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies to support Cranbrook's Salvation Army food program

Like in 1950, EKC's Board of Directors believes there is a better way to bank. As a local, strong credit union, EKC is here for its members and their communities. EKC encourages community groups to apply for the $50,000 Legacy Campaign by February 3, 2021.

Details at: https://www.ekccu.com/Personal/InOurCommunity/CommunityGiving/Programs/70thAnniversaryLegacyCampaign/




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Media Contact
Jane Davies
250.421.8687
marketing@ekccu.com

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

Background Information

About EKC
EKC was established in 1950 and has grown to over $405 million in assets. It serves over 11,034 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, Instagram, LinkedIn or at EKCCU.COM

 

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