Giving Business a Boost

Purchasing a business, expanding one or implementing other major changes often requires financial support. Like other traditional lenders, the Trust welcomes smart investment opportunities. Here are three of the Basin businesses it has invested in. Out…

Safeguarding Against Wildfire

The threat of wildfires is real and present in the Basin, and the City of Fernie is very aware of its vulnerability—the entire community was destroyed by wildfire on August 1, 1908. Ted Ruiter, Fernie’s Director…

Seniors Beat the Heat Affordably

Erickson Golden Manor is more than simply an apartment building in Creston for low-income seniors. It’s a home, where residents frequently visit each others’ rooms or gather in the social room to play cards or work…

Stimulating Business Success

Cronometer is a nutrition and fitness app that Aaron Davidson created in 2005 to keep track of his own habits. He also decided to offer it free online, and the user base grew. By 2011, maintaining…

Helping Residents Become Employed

“I’m happily employed,” says Winlaw resident and logging truck driver Alfred Moore. This is something he couldn’t say often back when he was working in the construction industry. “I was getting lots of random layoffs at…

Then, Now and Next

Wooden grain elevators are a Canadian symbol. Unfortunately the grain elevators are rapidly disappearing. In all of British Columbia, only four still stand—and two of these are in Creston. Built in 1935 and 1936, Creston’s elevators…

Building a Sustainable Future

The Basin is home to a rich and diverse Indigenous peoples’ history, heritage and cultures. Indigenous peoples and First Nations communities in the region have deep relationships to the lands and waters—the significance of which enables…

Making Space for Arts and Culture

From a colourful splash of paint, to the strum of a guitar, to the projection of an actor’s voice, arts and culture are essential elements in keeping Basin communities vibrant and exciting. They top up residents’…

Meeting Child Care Needs

Corner Stones Child Care Centre in Revelstoke is a busy hub for child care and child health activities.  At one end of the hallway is an indoor play space for toddlers. At the other end, an…

Strengthening its Foundation

The hand-drawn poster is colourful. In large letters it reads: Thank you to the Elk Valley Thrift Shop! It’s from the students and staff at Sparwood Secondary School, thanking the shop for its donation to the…

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