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Marie Milner, always a lover of words and language, has worked for most of her life in secretarial and administrative positions in the medical field. She hopes that her stories in Kootenay Business magazine do justice to the motivation and commitment of Kootenay business people. Milner is grateful for the inspiration that she experiences in the course of her interviews and hopes to share that inspiration.

Most recent articles by Marie Milner

(L to R) Alycia Weir, visitor services manager at the Golden Visitor Information Services & Amenities Hub, with Constance Fowler and Mary Jacobson, visitor information counsellors.
West Kootenay, Golden, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Collaboration creates Golden’s VISAH

The new, community-led visitor information services and amenities hub (VISAH) in Golden, B.C., offers expanded services and conveniences.

Trail Beer Refinery opened on March 25, 2017. It is Trail's first craft beer producer.
West Kootenay, Trail, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Craft beer comes to Trail

“We had pretty aggressive visions of where we wanted to go, and we’re just blowing those away.” —Mike Konkin, Trail Beer Refinery

Rich and Annie Murphy bought the Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club in November 2016.
West Kootenay, Trail, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Sparking change for the Smoke Eaters

The Trail Smoke Eaters hockey team has an upgraded facility and a revitalized fan base along with new club owners.

Mike Martin, mayor of Trail, B.C., admires the architectural design of the Riverfront Centre, which is scheduled for completion by year's end.
West Kootenay, Trail, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Trail, B.C., booms

Trail’s mayor, Mike Martin, described the projects that are underway and the energy and attitude that are widely evident in his city.

Andras Lukacs became executive director of Tourism Rossland in March 2017.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Tourism New era for Tourism Rossland

The new, social media savvy executive director of Tourism Rossland got there via Hungary, the U.S., and Canada’s Northwest Territories.

Kathy Moore, mayor of Rossland, B.C., loves the city's heritage character.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Environment Roadmapping Rossland’s future

“Once you know what you’re going after, you can tie it to your financial plan, and then it’s like a road map.” —Kathy Moore, mayor of Rossland.

Caitlin Berkheim, Tamara Mercandelli and Christel Hagn of Soulfood restaurant hosted a
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Health & Wellness, Small Business Soulfood for community

A “long table dinner” on July 27 at Soulfood restaurant in Cranbrook showcased local food and drink producers and their wares.

Liberty Foods in Fruitvale, B.C., is owned by Dick and Susan Dar and managed by their son, Derrick (r).
West Kootenay, Trail, Retail, Small Business, Products Team Liberty of Fruitvale

Built in 1957 on an ethic of hard work and reliability, Liberty Foods is thriving under the vision and management of Derrick Dar.

Mount 7 in Golden, B.C., is a popular launch site for person-powered flight.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Tourism 10 awesome Kootenay summertime adventures

Some of these Kootenay adventures are unique to a community, many are widely available and all are wildly popular with locals and visitors.

The elegant historic building that is now the hotel at the St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino was a residential school from 1912 to 1970.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, First Nations , Tourism The Ktunaxa are proud owners of SEGRC

The beautiful, thriving St. Eugene Resort was created by a First Nation inspired in its struggle to recover from its imposed history.

Gary and Kelly Schaal own and operate Tinmaster Sheet Metal and Aw Sweet Candy Co. in Fairmont Hot Springs, B.C.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Aw, sweet!

Satisfy your sweet cravings at Aw Sweet Candy Co. in Fairmont Hot Springs.

Tamara Mercandelli, Christel Hagn and Caitlin Berkhiem, owners of Soulfood restaurant, are supporting and strengthening community connections in Cranbrook.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business, Tourism Community Soulfood

The first monthly community breakfast courtesy of Soulfood restaurant in Cranbrook is all about strengthening community spirit.

Tyee Homes of Kimberley, B.C., builds homes to suit the needs and wishes of its clients.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Developments, Small Business, Products Forest Crowne, for the good life

Forest Crowne, situated five minutes south of Kimberley, is a quiet alpine oasis at the hub of a recreational paradise.

Suzanne Thompson, owner/operator of Kootenay Therapy Centre, and Leanne Jensen, president of New Dawn Restorations, are women of influence in Cranbrook's business community.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, First Nations , Small Business, Influential Women in Business Work and passion: Blend or balance?

We asked the some of the women from our 2017 Influential Women in Business list to tell us what they are currently passionate about.

Christine Therriault-Finke and Tamsin Snodgrass, owners of Movin’ Mountains Therapy in Trail, B.C., pour their skills and their passion into improving lives in their community
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Small Business, Influential Women in Business Women in business talk about key skills

We asked some of the Kootenay region’s influential businesswomen to tell us about the skills that keep them at the top of their game.

Creston's Fields Forward initiative has purchased a mobile juicer that will make good use of unsold produce from local gardens and orchards.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Environment, Technology, Products Food for the future, for all

Regional District Electoral Areas A, B and C and the Town of Creston provide generous funding for the agri-food sector to ensure food security.

Biking and hiking trails in Electoral Area A, Central Kootenay, offer dramatically beautiful views.
East Kootenay, Creston, West Kootenay, First Nations , Small Business, Tourism Kootenay Lake: Seeking amenity migrants

The culture of Area A, Central Kootenay, is based on activities in nature and the creativity and warmth of the people in its small communities.

Tom Thomson, executive director of the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce, is an advocate for the business community.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism News from the Nelson chamber

The Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce has a full agenda, including advocacy, research, collaboration, planning and support implementation.

Jodi Gravelle is the chief operating officer for the ?aq?am Community near Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, First Nations , Influential Women in Business, Kootenay Influencers Jodi Gravelle, communication conduit

Human resources and communication are Jodi Gravelle’s main focuses in her position as COO for the ʔaq̓am Community.

(L to R) Brenda Palmer, Michelle Forbes and Jodi Gravelle received special recognition at the 2017 Kootenay Business magazine Influential Women in Business luncheon on June 8, 2016.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, First Nations , Small Business, Influential Women in Business 2017 Kootenay women of influence

Hard work, creativity and perseverance characterize the best of the best among businesswomen in the Kootenay region.

Aaron Lucke, owner of Wynndel Electric, is providing a mobile solar station to the vendors at the Creston Valley Farmers Market.
East Kootenay, Creston, Energy, Small Business, Technology Solar-powered market

Aaron Lucke, owner of Wynndel Electric, is providing a mobile solar station to power the Creston Valley Farmers Market.

Brenda Palmer, founder and owner of Mrs. Palmer's Pantry in Cranbrook, B.C., has the support of family, friends, customers and—just possibly—an angel on her shoulder.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, First Nations , Retail, Small Business, Influential Women in Business, Kootenay Influencers Brenda Palmer is taking her chips to the bank

Brenda Palmer believes that we should value our time as much or more than we do our money, and invest both wisely.

Sydney Black is the executive director of the Nelson & District Arts Council.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Attracted by Nelson’s art

People want to live in a culturally relevant location—it’s a big part of the reason professionals come to live and work in Nelson. —Sydney Black

The Board Room Café, owned by Alf Him, his daughter Savanna Hines and her husband Justin Hines, opened in mid-June 2017.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Board Room Café comes to Grand Forks

Shy? Bored? Need a conversation starter? Sit down to a game from the Board Room’s library, and you’re good to go.

Jen Comer has been growing the impact of the Creston Valley Farmers Market since she became its manager in 2010.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Celebrating the Creston Valley: The little farmers market that could

“I think passionate people can get a lot done if you just give them some appropriate direction and let them run with their ideas.” —Jen Comer

Kootenay Cycling Adventures is based in beautiful Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Kaslo, Nakusp, Nelson, New Denver, Revelstoke, Small Business, Tourism Nelson’s bike trek deluxe

John Bowden of Nelson, B.C., is working to make group bicycle touring the next big thing in his region.

Flowering trees enhance the curb appeal of Creston Town Hall.
East Kootenay, Creston Creston’s OCP is official

Supporting the vision for a more prosperous, inclusive, responsible community is a big job, and the community of Creston is on it.

Joy Barrett, cultural development officer for Nelson, B.C., and executive director of Castlegar Sculpturewalk, stands within “Sculpture Walk” by Spring Shine, Christopher Petersen and Hans Winter (2016).
East Kootenay, Creston, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Rossland, Small Business, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers The power of art in Nelson, B.C.

Joy Barrett combines creativity and hard-headed business sense in her work as cultural development officer for the City of Nelson, B.C.

Deb Kozak, mayor of Nelson, enjoys the city's upgraded streetscape.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Tourism Historic charm meets 2017 tech in Nelson, B.C.

Upgraded esthetics and conveniences meet Nelson’s current needs while distinctive, historic architecture gives the city its timeless charm.

Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski joined representatives from the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce to open the 2017 Creston Valley Trade Show.
East Kootenay, Creston, Small Business Creston Valley Chamber, 2017

Recent changes at the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Creston Visitor Centre have empowered both organizations to thrive.

Cranbrook-born Eric Termuende is an internationally recognized speaker who has just published his first book, called
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kootenay Influencers Eric Termuende, Kootenay-grown global influencer

Due in large part to technology, the workplace is becoming a colder, lonelier place. Eric Termuende is on a mission to change that.

(L to R) Clint Cawsey, Patricia Pollitt and Gary Pottage are the investors and developers of The Woodlands at Wildstone, in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Real Estate Welcome to The Woodlands

The Woodlands at Wildstone is a 125-unit residential development situated at the Wildstone Golf Course in Cranbrook, B.C.

The Invermere Liquor Store has now been open for one year.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business First anniversary for Invermere Liquor Store

A year into his new business venture, Ryan Haynes is enjoying his increased investment and involvement in the community of Invermere.

Living units at Fairmont Creek Property Rentals are  beautifully finished and maintained to a high standard for the comfort of their residents.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Real Estate, Tourism Memorable Fairmont Creek

A second Business Excellence Award for Fairmont Creek Property Rentals confirms its clients’ appreciation and confidence.

Eagle Plains Resources Ltd., a Cranbrook, B.C.-based mineral exploration company, was founded in 1992 by Bob Termuende and his son, Tim.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Mining, Small Business Seeking paydirt

Mineral exploration is a long-shot game with a high expectation of failure—so what attracts people to it?

Ashley Pederson is a farrier with clients throughout the East Kootenay region.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Animal Care, Small Business Ashley Pederson, farrier

Ashley Pederson is a horse/donkey/mule-loving farrier who works with equines throughout the East Kootenay.

(L to R) Roberta Hall, Kent Kebe and Kara Cassidy welcome people to the Radium Hot Springs Visitor Centre.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Small Business, Tourism Radium Hot Springs chamber, 2017

In this, Canada’s 150th anniversary year, the visitor centre in Radium Hot Springs is welcoming an unprecedented number of tourists.

Kathy Wright, the outgoing executive director of the Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, has laid solid groundwork for her successor.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Small Business Boundary chamber 2017

As Kathy Wright wrapped up her time with the BCRCC, she had a number of projects well begun to hand off to the board and her successor.

Mike Gray is a village councillor and the owner/operator of the Horsethief Creek Pub & Eatery in Radium Hot Springs, B.C.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, Health & Wellness, Kootenay Influencers Hospitality and hope in Radium Hot Springs

“I don’t want anyone to fall through the cracks. If there’s someone in need, I want the community to be able to help.” —Mike Gray

The 36th Grand Forks International baseball tournament is organized and run by volunteers including these: (L to R) Gerry Foster, GFI president; Chris Hammett, GFI treasurer; Kevin McKinnon, GFI board member.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Grand Forks slams it out of the park

Twelve superb Canadian and U.S. college baseball teams will compete in Grand Forks, B.C., from June 27 to July 2, 2017.

Tim Termuende, P.Geo.,co-founded Eagle Plains Resources Ltd. with his father in 1992, and is currently the president and CEO of the Cranbrook-based company.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Mining, Small Business, Services Unearthing Western Canada’s treasure

Eagle Plains Resources Ltd. has projects on the go across Western Canada, but its heart and home are in the Kootenays.

Long-time hearing specialist Garth Brears has opened his own audiology centre, Burntwood Hearing, in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Small Business Burntwood Hearing health

Education to maximize hearing health and capacity are specialties at beautiful Burntwood Hearing in Cranbrook.

The Sterzer family enjoys a panoramic view of Canal Flats and the Columbia Valley from the top of Mount Sabine.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Health & Wellness, Kootenay Influencers Canal Flats champion

“I know I can’t change the whole world, but I can make a positive difference in the small world around me.” — Karl Sterzer

Susan Clovechok (right), executive director of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce, checks out a coach that should soon be engaged to shuttle Columbia Valley residents between the valley and Calgary.
East Kootenay, Fairmont Hot Springs, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Small Business, Tourism Columbia Valley chamber 2017

Susan Clovechok supports the vision of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce to have a thriving economy and an engaged business community.

Lee Pratt (left), mayor of Cranbrook, with David Kim, Cranbrook CAO, at the April 19 chamber of commerce luncheon
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Cranbrook CAO addresses chamber

The City of Cranbrook’s administration has adopted a mindset that focuses on results rather than bureaucratic process.

John Addison is the president of the board of the Kaslo & Area Chamber of Commerce.
West Kootenay, Kaslo, Nakusp, Slocan Kaslo chamber 2017

Collaboration figures large for Kaslo’s chamber of commerce as a technique to accomplish greater goals than it could manage on its own.

Lynn Relph, president of the Downtown Business Association in Grand Forks, B.C., owns and operates Lynden Tree Yarns.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Small Business, Tourism Building business in Grand Forks

Good communication, multi-generational involvement, creativity and fun are the tools of the Grand Forks Downtown Business Association.

Roly (Roland) Russell, Ph.D., is the elected representative for Area D in the Regional District of Kootenay-Boundary He also sits on a variety of boards for local organizations.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Kootenay Influencers Roly Russell supports rural Boundary

As an elected representative in Kootenay-Boundary and a volunteer on several local boards, Roly Russell is a person of influence.

The 13th annual Community Economic Development Regional Forum presented by Community Futures Development Corporation, Boundary, is titled
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Agriculture, Education, Environment, Small Business, Events, Services CFDC hosts agriculture forum

The Community Economic Development Regional Forum takes place May 23 and 24 in Grand Forks, B.C., hosted by Community Futures Development Corp.

Lisa Schulz and France Andestad are sisters who own and operate Avenue, a women's wear shop in Invermere, B.C.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Retail, Small Business Invermere’s fashionistas

“We want every single client who walks out of the store to be in love with the clothing they’re taking home,” said France Andestad.