Monday, January 26, 2015


At Kootenay Savings community is very important to us. Over the years we’ve helped many agencies, organizations and individuals achieve their goals through in-kind donations, financial sponsorships, grants, fundraising events and youth achievement and education awards. 

In 2014 alone, we shared over $383,000 to help improve the lives of those living, working and playing in the area. Many of our community initiatives also allow us to have fun and spend time with the people who call the Kootenays home, helping us forge a real connection with the people who make up our communities, and all those with close ties to the region. 


  • $44,000 raised for regional health care initiatives
  • $50,000 gifted to eight local community foundations 
  • 2,300 people attended our Family Movie in the Park events, donating an estimated 1500 pounds of food 
  • 128 community groups and organizations supported through grants and sponsorships
  • 126 community groups and organizations supported through in-kind donations
  • 21 community groups and organizations benefitting from Care Wear Program 
  • 18 high school bursaries awarded at $750 each
  • $13,500 in educational funding to Selkirk College and the College of the Rockies 
  • 4 Community Champs Bursaries, at $2000 each, to honour individuals for their community commitment
  • 4 youth sponsorships to attend YES Leadership Camp 
  • $3,000 distributed through our Kootenay Kids Super Saver Awards Program 
  • 377 students at 13 different schools participated in our Kootenay Kids Cash financial literacy workshop 
We’re proud to be making an ongoing, positive impact in our communities, and we couldn't do it without our loyal members and dedicated employees. Thank you for helping us make the Kootenays better, together!

To learn more about all the groups and initiatives we support visit
follow us on twitter, like us on Facebook or contact our Community Liaison Aron Burke at or 250.368.2683

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Let's Help Castlegar Win the Title of Hockeyville!

CASTLEGAR is a proud hockey town with a long history in the sport and now they'd like to show all of Canada what the community has to offer. As a result, the city is taking a run at the Kraft Hockeyville 2015 competition.

The winning community will host an NHL Pre-Season game, receive $100,000 towards arena upgrades and of course, the Kraft Hockeyville 2015 title and bragging rights for all of Canada! In order to help Castlegar take home the title, we encourage as many people as possible to:
  1. Head to
  2. Select “Nominate Now” 
  3. Tell your story about why you think Castlegar should win the coveted title. If you have any pictures or photos to attach, even better! 
It can be as simple as stating that “Castlegar is Hockeyville” or writing a story about what hockey in Castlegar means to you. Stories must be submitted before February 8.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE. Become a Junior's Dragon Den Mentor!

Community Futures Trail is currently seeking engaged business professionals to assist with coaching, mentoring and business plan development in preparation for the 2nd Annual Junior Dragons' Den youth business competition live show on May 1, 2015 at the Charles Bailey Theatre.

Modeled after CBC’s The Dragons’ Den, where qualifying entrepreneurs pitch their business idea to a group of potential investors, Junior Dragons’ Den is a West Kootenay wide initiative and call to action for student youth entrepreneurs ages 12 to College/Trade School level, to create their own summer job/business or expand an existing business.

If you are interested in volunteering your time and expertise to work with the Junior Dragons as they refine their business model, write their business plan, produce a new video as part of their submission to the judging panel and prepare for the live show, visit or contact John Reed, Community Futures Trail, at 250-368-1136 or

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Since 2003, we’ve produced our very own Kids’ Community Calendar featuring artwork from elementary and middle schools through the Kootenays. Each year we invite students in kindergarten to grade seven to submit artwork specific to a certain theme, with the goal of creating a beautiful calendar for our communities that gives kids a chance to showcase their talents.

The quality of the artwork year after year is always exceptional, making the task of paring down the mountain of entries we receive to the ones we feature in the calendar quite a challenge.  For participating in the program, eligible schools receive $500 to put towards art supplies, field trips and other enrichment activities.

With the start of the school year delayed this past September, we weren’t able to partner directly with the schools as we have in the past.  Instead, the works of art we have chosen to feature in our 2015 calendar, “Kootenay Kids are Right on the Money”, are past winners from previous years.  These illustrations were right on the money for the themes they depicted and we hope you enjoy seeing them again.

We look forward to continuing our calendar program for years to come.  The quality of the calendar would not be the same without the talented young artists and hardworking teachers that live in our communities.

The calendars are now available in all our branches.  Pick up your FREE copy today, before they're gone!