At Work

by Sandra Albers

One-on-one with Kootenay business leaders

Are you passionate about the work you do? Do you believe the line of work you're in suits you to a T? Is your chosen career a perfect match for your interests, skills and personality? In other words, do you just love going to work every day? You might be a small business owner, or you might be an employee. Either way, we'd like to share your story with Kootenay Business readers in our At Work column. Send us your story idea today.

Sandra Albers

Since 2007, Sandra has enjoyed hearing about new businesses, expanding businesses and unique businesses, as well as learning more about the long-time successes in the business community of the Kootenays. She writes, as well as copy edits and proofreads, for both magazine and website, and welcomes input from our readers. View all of Sandra Albers’s articles

Recent At Work articles

Carla Nelson of Cranbrook's Maritime Travel recently travelled to India, and hopes to return to that country soon.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Pack light and keep on travelling

Carla Nelson at Maritime Travel in Cranbrook has some tips for potential travellers.

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Lori Tedrick serves as a Kootenay connection to Travel Best Bets.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Tourism Explore to your heart’s content

Lori Tedrick with Travel Best Bets shares her own dream vacation ideas as well as some practical travel advice

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Shelagh Redecopp specializes in insurance coverage for snowbirds and other B.C. and Alberta travellers through her company, Safe Travels.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Tourism It’s the details that count with snowbird insurance

Safe Travels travel insurance broker Shelagh Redecopp offers some sound advice for snowbirds wanting to be sure they have proper coverage

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Nichola Lytle won a 2016 Best of Business Award from Kootenay Business magazine in the Graphic Designer category. She works out of her Nelson office.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Small Business Standing out from the crowd

On her web page, professional graphic designer and digital illustrator Nichola Lytle describes herself as someone with lots of ideas

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Joy Guyot (L) and Michelle Nagy-Deak are co-owners of the French Connection Cheese Club in Golden.
West Kootenay, Golden, Cuisine, Small Business Cheese and so much more

The French Connection Cheese Club in Golden has been such a success that it’s moved to a bigger location and added a licensed bistro to boot.

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Liz Cohoe holds a fur hat creation on the busy work floor at Lillie & Cohoe in Nelson.
Nelson, Small Business The function of fashion

Nelson­-based company Lillie & Cohoe is in the business of helping North American customers express their personal style

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Ktunaxa Nation Council chair Kathryn Teneese.
Cranbrook, Education, First Nations A central part of the community

Kathryn Teneese desires people to see the Ktunaxa Nation as part and parcel of the wider community.

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As manager of Evolution Health & Fitness in Fernie, B.C., Deanne Milley has found a role that fits her interests and lifestyle
Fernie, Health & Wellness Keeping fit in life and on the job

As manager of Evolution Health & Fitness in Fernie, B.C., Deanne Milley has found a role that fits her interests and lifestyle.

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Leslie Molnar keeps busy with three roles at Cranbrook's College of the Rockies.
Cranbrook, Education Math is beautiful

Leslie Molnar loves to spread the word about the importance of numerical literacy, and she does a whole lot more at Cranbrook's College of the Rockies.

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TOP OF THE WORLD, MA: Well, top of Fisher Peak, anyway. Jeff Cooper, manager of International Education at College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, says overseas students are amazed at the vast terrain of the East Kootenay.
Cranbrook, Education Putting out the welcome mat

Cranbrook's College of the Rockies welcomes overseas students from a variety of countries

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Cranbrook's newest Citizen of the Year, Frank Vanden Broek, was presented with a gift by Mayor
Lee Pratt.
Cranbrook, Small Business Citizen of the Year celebrated

Frank Vanden Broek is recognized as Cranbrook's 2015 Citizen of the Year

by Sandra Warner
The Cranbrook and District Community Foundation balances business and philanthropy  as it supports local non-profits
Cranbrook The business of charity is evolving

The Cranbrook and District Community Foundation balances business and philanthropy as it supports local non-profits.

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Invermere writer Elinor Florence embarks on a book tour sponsored by the Kootenay Library Federation in mid-November (see sidebar below); she also appears at Lotus Books in Cranbrook Saturday, December 5 during a Kootenay Authors event from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Invermere First the writing, then the marketing

Elinor Florence offers an author's-eye-view into the world of getting a historical novel published in Canada.

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Joy Guyot (L) and Michelle Nagy-Deak are co-owners of The French Connection Cheese Club in Golden, B.C. The shop can be found in an unusual location—the city's municipal campground.
Photo credit:
Photo courtesy The French Connection Cheese Club
Golden, Cuisine, Small Business Cheese, please!

Gourmet cheese shops, including The French Connection Cheese Club in Golden, are the latest thing in the Kootenay region.

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A sepia head photo of Audrey Bisset.
Creston, Trail, Education Developing a love for music

Audrey Bisset travels from town to town helping people learn how to sing.

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Ting Yuen and Paul Morel run the artist-owned-and-operated Art Rush Gallery in Golden. She's the painter, he's the photographer and they both craft a line of jewelry.
Golden Together in art and life

These nomadic artists may just have put down roots in Golden, B.C., where they operate Art Rush Gallery.

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AZcreative's Andrew Zwicker is an entrepreneur who loves nothing more than getting the word out about other creative types in the Kootenays
Rossland, Education, Small Business Being open to serendipity

AZcreative's Andrew Zwicker is an entrepreneur who loves nothing more than getting the word out about other creative types in the Kootenays

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Photo courtesy Tracey Mozel
Technology Achieving work-life balance

A background in engineering gave Tracey Mozel a leg up when she made a career switch to technical writing.

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Photo courtesy Columbia Power Corp.
Trail Opera goes underground

Trail singer's performance hits YouTube

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Jennifer Chocolates in Nakusp is one of Pamela Clausen's clients.
Nelson, Small Business Helping others find work they love

At Community Futures Central Kootenay, it's all about helping workers see their potential.

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