Business

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Time: 
9:30am - 11:00am

Like individuals, businesses are increasingly turning to look at the impact of their operations on the environment. Being a sustainable company is no longer just about being financially sustainable, but also demonstrating corporate responsibility and leadership in becoming greener. There are simple things that a business can do to be more environmentally friendly without having to sacrifice your bottom line. Here are ten of them.

The Fernie Chamber of Commerce (in partnership with some passionate members) has launched a new campaign to help food & beverage businesses that have been impacted by the latest round of provincial health orders announced on Monday. The #FernieToGo bingo game features a bingo card with Fernie restaurants and bars offering take-out or delivery during these new restrictions on dining in.  

A colleague of mine many years ago introduced me to the well-known saying, “don’t let the urgent get in the way of the important.” I think about it all the time. Like a lot of these well-used quotes its origins are a little murky, but it is regularly attributed to former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower. 

Drift + Sonder
672D 2nd Ave
Refiller Up! Drift + Sonder doors are open and ready to serve! Fernie’s newest Lifestyle Shop and Refillery has a gorgeous selection of well-considered goods for the curious and conscious shopper. 

Fernie Brewing Co.
26 Manitou Rd
250-423-7797

100 Women Who Care Fernie
100wwcfernie.ca
The first ever 100 Women Who Care Fernie Giving Event, held in December, gave three local groups a $3500 boost. The donations came from 100 local women, collectively raising $10,500 and then promptly voting to award it to Angel Flight Elk Valley, Fernie Fresh Food Share, and Fernie Women’s Resource Centre.

After the tumult and financial bleeding of 2020, I think it is safe to say our local business community is cautiously optimistic for a new year and a new beginning in 2021. While the impacts to our economy from the pandemic have not magically evaporated at the stroke of midnight on New Years Day, there is light at the end of the tunnel – albeit perhaps a little way off yet. We have been told by the federal government that every Canadian who wants a COVID-19 vaccine will have it by September 2021. 

In 1979 I accepted a teaching position in Fernie. I moved here from Vancouver, not liking the city life and decided that Fernie was where I wanted to be. I think it was only a few days before I was off exploring. A long term interest in history and geology attracted me to Wild Horse Creek, site of a big gold rush in 1863.