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Practical Financial Solutions: RESP spending options

Practical Financial Solutions: RESP spending options

You’re finally ready to start tapping into the investments you’ve been building in that Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) you’ve nurtured over the years.

Here are some ideas on how to get the most from it.

Know your options: Once your child is enrolled in an eligible program you can withdraw plan contributions tax-free and use them any way you wish – to support your child or even for your personal purchases. (If your RESP is a “group RESP”, then there may be further restrictions on contribution withdrawals.)

Harvest Festival Coming to Fernie

Harvest Festival Coming to Fernie

When the fall hits Fernie, a new event will be coming to town to help celebrate the harvest in the Elk Valley. Our Harvest Feast & Fest - Fernie’s Fall Fair will be held September 19th and 20th in Prentice Park and will bring the community together to enjoy our local harvest.

The “Feast” on the evening of Saturday, September the 19th will be prepared by Chef Barrie Elliott, winner of Chopped Canada - a televised Food Network competition.

The Kokanee return – and so does the RedFish Festival!

The Kokanee return – and so does the RedFish Festival!

There’s more to celebrating the Kokanee’s return than a good party at the Kokanee Creek Visitors Centre on Sunday, August 30.

“There are an amazing number of people who take the spawning channel tours during the Redfish Festival,” says the centre’s naturalist, Joanne Siderius.

Siderius and her team will give channel walks three times an hour from noon until 6 p.m. during the festival.

The public is welcome to come out and learn how and why the fish return and their importance to the Kokanee Creek ecosystem, says Siderius.

Columbia Power, Columbia Basin Trust Salute Workers

Columbia Power, Columbia Basin Trust Salute Workers

The Waneta Expansion owners, Fortis Inc., Columbia Power and Columbia Basin Trust, welcomed over 250 Waneta Expansion Project workers and family members to Birchbank Picnic Grounds recently for a worker appreciation BBQ.

Workers along with their families enjoyed a complimentary BBQ, kids activities, door prizes, roving magician, and live performances by the Slocan Union Band and the Foggy Goggle Boys.

The owners would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the workers who contributed to the Waneta Expansion.

Nelson Credit Union gets in step with Keep the Beat fundraiser

Nelson Credit Union gets in step with Keep the Beat fundraiser

Organizers for the Keep The Beat fundraiser stopped by Nelson & District Credit Union before the day-long musical event on Saturday (August 8) at Lakeside Rotary Park.

Funds raised go to support War Child Canada who assist children and families in countries that are dealing with the aftermath of war.

Education Coordinator back to lead charge against Alzheimers in West Kootenay

Education Coordinator back to lead charge against Alzheimers in West Kootenay

After a five month leave of absence to volunteer in Peru with her family, Julie Leffelaar is returning as the Support and Education Coordinator for the Alzheimer Society of BC in the West Kootenays. 

She will be visiting all the communities and meeting those who are coping with dementia. She is well-aware that the journey with dementia poses many challenges. 

For families on the journey, having an understanding of what they face can make all the difference. 

Car Barn Museum open to the viewing public

Car Barn Museum open to the viewing public

The Nelson Electric Tramway Society (NETS) officially opened the latest project, the Car Barn Museum.

Monday the entire community was invited to the special grand opening ceremony at 1 p.m. with ribbon cutting, tours, cake, refreshments, classic cars and special guests.
 
NETS have been working toward this goal ever since they rolled out Streetcar #23 in 1992. 

Sunny skies greet Kaslo Jazz Festival patrons

Sunny skies greet Kaslo Jazz Festival patrons

Kaslo and the Kaslo Jazz Festival was a great place to unwind in the warm summer this past weekend in the North Kootenay.

This year the festival offered free-of-charge during the daytime before the big acts of the evening.

The non-profit society, incorporated February 23, 1993, promotes the appreciation of jazz and related music in the Kootenays.

Photographer Madeleine Guenette was in Kaslo during the weekend to snap this photo of the audience, floating and on land.

 

Practical Financial Solutions: Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)

Practical Financial Solutions: Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)

A Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) is a great way to save for a child’s postsecondary education.

Here are some basic facts so you’ll be sure to get the most from an RESP.

Nelson & District Credit Union once again steps up to support Summer Youth Theatre

Nelson & District Credit Union once again steps up to support Summer Youth Theatre

The 27th annual Summer Youth Theatre production, this year of Disney’s Mary Poppins, at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson was a show stopper.

A lot of the success comes from the support of the Nelson & District Credit Union, which is a major supporter of the Capitol Theatre Annual Summer Youth Production.

Once again, the Credit Union staff had a sneak peak of the production, and a group photo, to recognize their annual $5000 contribution to this

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious production on behalf of their members.