Strong, vibrant communities are good for everyone

Kootenay Savings is also helping local students pursue their dreams and ambitions by awarding $54,000 in education awards

Group of Columbia Valley region recipients.

Columbia Valley region recipients – Columbia Valley Food Bank, Columbia Valley Arts Council and Windermere Elementary School – along with Trisha Raven and Heather Fullerton from Kootenay Savings’ Invermere Branch. — Photo courtesy Kootenay Savings

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 profits back into the communities we serve. 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,” shares Kootenay Savings Community
Liaison, Aron Burke.

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 twenty-seven different and diverse community organizations benetting 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

Along with the grants, Kootenay Savings is also helping local students pursue their dreams and ambitions by awarding $54,000 in education awards, bursaries and summer camp sponsorships.

Kootenay Savings Community Foundation Quick Facts

  • Formed in 2000 to support non-prot cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health and social projects.
  • Over $4.7 million in grants, endowments and bursaries distributed since inception.
  • Grant application form and more details available at
  • Two grant application deadlines each year; March 31 and September 30.

About Kootenay Savings

With corporate offices in Trail, Kootenay Savings is a member-owned credit union with eleven branches throughout the Kootenays, over $1 billion in assets, more than 37,000 members and over 200 employees. In addition to the Community Foundation, Kootenay Savings also delivers wealth management strategies through its wholly owned subsidiary, Kootenay Savings MoneyWorks, and auto and general insurance through Kootenay Insurance Services Ltd.

Group of West Kootenay grant recipients.

West Kootenay-area grant recipients, along with members of Kootenay Savings Board of Directors, gathered at Gyro Park in Trail to celebrate the exciting news. — Photo courtesy Kootenay Savings

Group of Kimberley region grant recipients.

Kimberley region grant recipients – Kootenay Boundary Environmental Education Program and SPARK Society for Youth – along with Kootenay Saving’s Kimberley branch employees Susan Cleverly, Cara Boggs-Sanche and Judy Daniels. — Photo courtesy Kootenay Savings

Group of Kaslo region recipients.

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. — Photo courtesy Kootenay Savings

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