Community Cash Award

Developing a Healthy and Diverse Community

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.

Community Cash Finalists - Invest at the AGM in Fernie!

#279 Elk Valley Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron Band Program
Cadets age 12–19 from Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford plan to start a pipe and drum band program to perform throughout the Elk Valley.

Elkford Search and Rescue – Avalanche Rescue Plan
A vital resource in Elkford–the Wilderness Capital of Canada– the group needs an emergency survival bag, three avalanche response bags and team support supplies, greatly improving response time.

Elkford Youth Soccer Expansion Project
As soccer continues to grow, the 180 youth ages 4–18 need upgraded equipment: goal posts, corner flags, benches. At the end of phase 2, Elkford will be able to host tournaments.

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 for 80 youth.

Fernie’s Wildsight Elk Valley Apple Capture and Tool Share Program
The Apple Capture Program is to support more harvesting of fruit, with less fruit becoming an attractant to wildlife. The Tool Share includes equipment needed to preserve your fruit. Still needed are a new apple press, grinder and apple picker.

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. Shade and shelter would make the area more desirable for events like picnics, weddings, and family gatherings.

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, in-line skates and scooters.

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.

Finalists Announced

Congratulations to the finalists for their first ever Community Cash Award. EKC would like to thank the 17 applicants – we truly appreciate and thank all of the applicants for their efforts.

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.

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 (April 5-9) and Sparwood (April 4-8) branches. The finalists are (in alphabetical order):

  • Cranbrook and District Search and Rescue Society for the purchase of a ‘Life Pak Automated External Defibrillator’ and training which will enable the Society to offer the highest level of care possible for those in need.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

The finalists will have display at EKC’s Annual General Meeting taking place in Cranbrook on April 22 at the Heritage Inn starting at 6 pm (meeting starting at 7 pm).

Guests will receive EKC Community Cash to ‘invest’ with one or more of the community groups of their choice.

  • Elk Valley Members $50
  • Cranbrook Members $40
  • Non Members $20
  • Youth (18 and under) $10

Each of the groups will receive $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.

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.

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 13 to Pam Pinch 250.426.8223 local 3361 or ppinch@ekccu.com

 

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