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Strong, vibrant communities benefit everyone

Kaslo region recipients – North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society, North Kootenay Lake Independent School, and Kaslo Senior Citizen’s Association – along with Kootenay Savings Kaslo Branch employees and Kootenay Savings Vice-Chair, Bob Parkinson. — Submitted photo

Since being established in 1969, Kootenay Savings has made it a priority to make a lasting and meaningful impact in the Kootenays.

“Year after year, through grants, donations, sponsorships, bursaries and more, Kootenay Savings invests a good portion of our pro­ts back into the communities we serve," said ,” Kootenay Savings Community Liaison, Aron Burke. 

"Pro­fits made possible by our loyal members and hard-working employees. That’s why it’s so important for us to play a role in enriching the lives of those living, working and playing in the cities and towns we’re so proud to call home."

One of the main ways the credit union invests back into the region is through the work of the Kootenay Savings Community Foundation, which this month distributed more than $57,000 in new grants as part of the Foundation’s Spring/Summer granting cycle.

 The 27 different and diverse community organizations benefitting from this latest round of funding include:

  • Beaver Valley Age Friendly Society $1,000
  • Castlegar Community Response Network $1,000
  • Castlegar Sculpturewalk Society $1,500
  • Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy - Trail $414
  • Columbia Valley Arts Council $980
  • Columbia Valley Food Bank $5,000
  • Friends of Lardeau River $600
  • Kaslo Senior Citizens Association $1,000
  • Kimberley SPARK Society for Youth $5,000
  • Kootenay Boundary Environmental Education $2,500
  • Kootenay Lake Independent School Society $4,000
  • Kootenay Local Agriculture Society $500
  • Lower Columbia Community Development Team $2,000
  • MADD Kimberley-Cranbrook $3,000
  • Nelson & District Museum & Archives $1,000
  • North Kootenay Lake Community Services $2,500
  • Salmo Baseball $1,500
  • Senior's Environmental Development Society $1,500
  • Slocan Lake Gallery Society $2,015
  • Trail FAIR Society $5,000 Trail Minor Baseball $1,500
  • Trail Youth Baseball $1,500 VISAC Gallery $500
  • West Kootenay Brain Injury Association $1,000
  • Windermere Elementary School $5,000
  • Windermere Valley Youth Centre Society $4,500
  • Ymir Community Watershed Society $1,500