2021 Press Releases

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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