Community Cash Award

Developing a Healthy and Diverse Community

EKC Announces 2019 Community Cash Awards Recipients at AGM

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. cn 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 the Elk Valley.”

The Community Cash Awards finalists set up information tables to promote their organization and project at EKC’s AGM. Members and guests voted with their EKC Community Cash dollars.

Fernie Pets Society
Funds will be used to provide fencing for the established dog park which will increase the safety of the animals and people that utilize the park and surrounding areas.

$1,054 was awarded to the Fernie Pets Society

Fernie Family Community Garden by The Holy Family Church
Funds will be used to increase the accessibility and inclusiveness of the Community Garden for all demographics in the community and support physical health and well being with the connection to nature.

$1,103 was awarded to the Fernie Family Community Garden

Sparwood Farmer’s Market Society
Funds will be used to increase sustainability and engagement of the market as well as provide a venue and growth opportunity for local businesses to contribute to the local economy.

$1,133 was awarded to the Sparwood Farmer’s Market Society

Elkford Early Years
Funds will be used to purchase equipment and items for activities in the new summer outdoor program for children in the Elkford area.

$1,185 was awarded to the Elkford Early Years

Elkford Arts Council
Funds will be used to install a publicly accessible community art display “Pass in the Clouds”. This piece will engage and involve the community, fostering a connection between neighbors in a shared history and occupation of space that is shared in the valley.

$1,345 was awarded to the Elkford Arts Council

Frank J. Mitchell Elementary School PAC (Sparwood)
Funds will be used to increase the amount of playground equipment for both the children of the school and non-school aged children in the community to be used year-round.

$2,363 was awarded to the Frank J. Mitchell Elementary School PAC, Community Cash Award Winner

Each of the groups received $100 from Kootenay Insurance Services (KIS), $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.

Sandy Thor-Larsen, Senior Manager, Finance Technology & Administration for Kootenay Insurance Services (KIS) and Amanda Booker, Personal Lines Agent in Sparwood for KIS, an EKC subsidiary supported the event. Thor- Larsen said, “As a member of the credit union family, KIS is committed to our communities. We are happy to contribute an additional $100 to each group. We have been welcomed by the communities in our KIS Sparwood office. We look forward to continuing to support families and businesses in the Elk Valley with their insurance needs.’

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.”

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

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.

2017 Award Winners Announced

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.

2016 Community Cash Award Winners

Cranbrook and District Search and Rescue Society received $1,850 from EKC!

 

$1,020 to the Cranbrook Food Action Committee for the launch of their “Dig It Delights’ social enterprise to fund local food security initiatives, by purchasing a commercial food scale and providing food safety training for the local production and sale of healthy dips, spreads and salad dressings.

 

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$990 to the Elk Valley Seniors Housing Society for the Finishing Touches project which will include the completion of landscaping, such as a ‘contemplation garden,’ at the Lilac Terrace Senior Housing expansion initiative.

 

$1,000 to Kimberley Alpine Team to purchase a start gate for ski cross racing to increase physical activity, provide a lower cost option to ski racing for youth and provide current members with further ski racing and athletic training options.

 

$1,211 to Kootenay East Youth Soccer Association to assist with the cost of officials for their annual KEYSA Sam Steele Days Youth Soccer Tournament which hosts over 60 teams contributing to healthy lifestyles and showcasing the community.

 

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$942 to Rockies Rowing Club to enable fitness and health in the community by expanding their program for local youth through the purchase of new equipment including boats, life jackets, oars and a trailer.

 

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