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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

Christy King, the manager of the East Kootenay branch of the B.C. SPCA, cuddles a pretty, black-and-white cat.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Animal Care Admin change at EK SPCA

Christy King, a qualified animal care supervisor, is the new manager of the EK SPCA, Cranbrook branch.

Brenna Baker, executive director of the East Kootenay Foundation for Health, stands before the Foundation logo and the donor recognition board at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Kootenay Influencers, Who's Who Influencer Article New leadership for EKFH

Brenna Baker recently made a shift from sheltering animals to supporting healthcare for East Kootenay citizens via the EKFH.

Kimberley Dynamiters head coach Derek Stuart stands with two other coaches behind the bench at a Kimberley Dynamiters hockey game
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Dynamiters invest in Kimberley

The Kimberley Dynamiters Hockey Club provides strong and willing shoulders for the community to lean on.

Two pilots stand in front of a small aircraft owned by ELT Aviation, based in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment, Forestry, Health & Wellness, Mining, Small Business, Tourism, Transportation Eclipse Helicopters, Cranbrook

A small aviation company is providing important support to the Kootenay region.

Matt Cockell, the president, general manager and co-owner of the Kootenay Ice Hockey Club, with the empty ice in the background
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Team ICE reaches out

The Kootenay Ice drives Cranbrook’s economy. It also inspires our kids, develops responsible, caring citizens and gives us excellent hockey.

Terry Bedwell, leaseholder and operator of True Root Café stands at the entrance of the eatery.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business, Tourism True Root—not just for travellers

True Root Café in Cranbrook’s Best Western Hotel offers breakfast, lunch and catering.

Amy Walker in the black, white and silver decor of Lux & Lace, her new hair salon.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Lux & Lace Hair Boutique

Amy Walker has opened her own elegant new hair salon in Cranbrook.

Stone and wood make up the Downtown Cranbrook sign that welcomes visitors
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Tourism Cranbrook to become a tourism destination

With funding assured for tourism marketing, the Cranbrook Tourism Society can proceed with showcasing this area to the world.

Nicole Fricot is the director of community economic development in Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Developments, Financial, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Nicole Fricot for Revelstoke development

Building permit applications are piling up at Revelstoke City Hall, and Nicole Fricot, community economic development director, is busy.

(L to R) Aaron Christensen and Noah Wesche are the owner-operators of Sullivan Machine Works.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business, Technology A modern Sullivan for Kimberley

Two of Kimberley’s native sons hope to expand Sullivan Machine Works to a location in their home town.

In late summer 2017, Jamie Mayes of Revelstoke, B.C., became the interim program manager for Imagine Kootenay.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Small Business Better life through Imagine Kootenay

Imagine Kootenay’s motto, “This is your better life,” certainly applies in the case of Jamie Mayes, the organization’s new program manager.

2017 has been a challenging and rewarding year for Mark McKee, mayor of Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke Record-setting growth in Revelstoke

According to Revelstoke’s mayor, Mark McKee, development activity in the city is at a 40-year high.

Jana Thompson took on the role of executive director of the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce in September 2017.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Small Business Revy chamber welcomes Jana Thompson

Jana Thompson, a relative newcomer to Revelstoke, is the new executive director of the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce.

Don McCormick, mayor of Kimberley, B.C., is working to diversify the sources of support for Kimberley's economy.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Financial, Small Business Focus forward: Kimberley 2017

“I don’t spend a lot of time looking back at where we’ve been—I always focus on where we’re going.” —Don McCormick, mayor of Kimberley

Peter Legge (L), prolific author and chairman and CEO of Canada Wide Media, is pictured here with Chris Botterill, president of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Pearls from Peter Legge

Peter Legge, chairman and CEO of Canada Wide Media, charmed, enlightened and entertained Cranbrook chamber members on October 18.

With three years as Cranbrook's mayor behind him, Lee Pratt talked with us about his team, their accomplishments and their future focus.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment Developing Cranbrook

The vision and energy at Cranbrook City Hall is focused on local and outside sources of support for long-term, sustainable economic development.

Canadian astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield was the keynote speaker at a Columbia Basin Trust Symposium in mid-October 2017.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Education Canadian spaceman comes to the Kootenays

During his visit to Cranbrook, Colonel Chris Hadfield encouraged all of us to explore "the edge of impossible."

Kai Palkeinen and Kelly Hutcheson are owner-operators of Pulse Boot Lab & Ski Co. in Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Retail, Small Business, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers Revelstoke’s excellent boot fitters

The experts at Pulse Boot Lab can fine-tune the fit of your ski boots for a critical improvement in your performance and comfort on the hill.

Karen Cathcart is the administrator of the Golden campus of College of the Rockies and the director of Area A (rural Golden) in the CSRD.
West Kootenay, Golden, Education, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Influence and administration in Golden

Karen Cathcart is the administrator of the Golden campus of College of the Rockies, and she’s also the director for Area A (CSRD).

Parker Vaile (L) and Jordan Peterson (R) are owner-operators of VP Waste Solutions in Golden, B.C.
West Kootenay, Golden, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Cleaning up in Golden

VP Waste Solutions of Golden, B.C., is a star in the unglamorous realm of waste management.

Janet Fraser owns and operates
West Kootenay, Rossland, Retail, Small Business, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers Janet Fraser, business mentor

Business mentorship and volunteer projects make Janet Fraser an influencer in Rossland, B.C.

Aaron Cosbey, internationally recognized development economist, took part in the Golden City Days Parade in his role as city councillor for Rossland, B.C.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, West Kootenay, Rossland, Environment, Kootenay Influencers Little Rossland’s big-time influencer

Aaron Cosbey is a Rossland city councillor and an advisor on national and international boards for sustainable economic development.

Smart, hardworking and ambitious are words that describe Jaime Dekkers, the new owner/operator of Cranbrook Bookkeeping
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Financial, Small Business Cranbrook Bookkeeping: the next generation

Young Jaime Dekkers is the new owner/operator of Cranbrook Bookkeeping.

Terry Van Horn of LCIC and Brian Fry of i4C Innovation lead the Metal Tech Alley marketing strategy.
West Kootenay, Trail, Technology Trail, B.C. leads industry change

A beautiful area in southeastern British Columbia is becoming a local nexus for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Caleb Willems owns and operates East Kootenay Outdoor Specialist in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment, Small Business East Kootenay Outdoor Specialist keeps it simple

Caleb Willems’s goal for his clients is “more garden, less gardening.”

Brandon Bolen, P.Eng., is a structural engineer who recently opened Bolen Engineering in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail Bolen Engineering

Brandon Bolen, professional engineer, is a natural problem solver.

Darrel Fry is a third-generation Rosslander who is on a mission to disrupt climate change.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Trail, Environment, Small Business, Technology, Kootenay Influencers Replacing petro-plastic

Breakthrough technology from Advanced BioCarbon 3D of Rossland will create biodegradable, high performance, good-for-the-earth plastic.

Robert Baker, manager of the Trail airport, looks forward to completion of a brand new terminal building and an upgraded runway.
West Kootenay, Trail, Technology, Tourism, Transportation Trail airport transformed

Improvements at the Trail Regional Airport include a striking new terminal, improved safety, expanded parking and care for the environment.

The Bedroom Furniture Galleries in Cranbrook is a multi-generational Hoechsmann family business.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Retail, Small Business, Content The Bedroom inspires

Furniture groupings at The Bedroom Furniture Galleries evoke dreams and possibilities, thanks to the creativity of the store’s personnel.

Jeff and Stephanie Bowes took full ownership of Canadian Timberframes Ltd. in Golden, B.C., on January 1, 2017.
West Kootenay, Golden, Forestry, Kootenay Influencers Top of the timberframe game

Canadian Timberframes Ltd., of Golden, B.C., is winning building contracts in some of the most prestigious areas in North America.

Audry Durham is the executive director of the Trail & District Chamber of Commerce, additionally supporting the communities of Rossland, Fruitvale, Montrose and Warfield.
West Kootenay, Trail, Small Business Trail chamber update, 2017

The change that the Trail & District Chamber of Commerce wants to see in the local business community is, simply, more business.

West Kootenay, Golden, Developments, Tourism Looking to Golden’s future

Infrastructure, infill growth and community connectivity are high on the agenda for the Town of Golden.

The Woodlands at Wildstone offer urban amenities, rural serenity and views of the spectacular Rocky Mountains.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Real Estate, Content Serenity in the city

Properties at The Woodlands at Wildstone offer urban amenities and rural serenity to the widest possible spectrum of residents.

Jolene Salanski became owner of the Northwest Grill in Cranbrook on August 1, 2017.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business Next phase for Northwest Grill

Jolene Salanski, owner of the Northwest Grill, looks forward to expanding the catering component of her new business.

Barb Smythe is the owner-operator of Auntie Barb's Bakery, Bistro & Banquets in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Small Business Auntie Barb, cook and baker

Auntie Barb’s has a new location and an expanded range of offerings.

Shelly Wadden became executive director of the Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce in Golden, B.C., in June 2017.
West Kootenay, Golden, Small Business Taking the reins at Kicking Horse chamber

Shelly Wadden, the new executive director of Golden’s chamber of commerce, promotes experimentation, recognition and support for great ideas.

(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, Content 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, Content 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.