All At Work articles

WIth a big smile, Karey Pion is mixing a tub of ingredients.
East Kootenay, Fernie The best soaps, the best life

With a thriving family and a thriving business, Karey Pion provides Soco Soaps to more than 40 markets in Canada, including hometown Fernie

Samantha Gernhart
East Kootenay, Invermere, Small Business, Technology Bringing clarity to work and life

Samantha Gernhart is an influential woman in business in her community of Invermere, where she works at Copper Point Resort and runs a home-based business

Jan Skiber, posing in front of distant mountains.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Agriculture Keep those pesky weeds at bay

Chem-Free Weed Control in Cranbrook aims to provide a safe, organic way to control unwanted vegetation

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Photo courtesy Columbia Power Corp.
Trail Opera goes underground

Trail singer's performance hits YouTube

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.

Faith Saunders offers customers at Save-On-Foods in Cranbrook a taste test of some of her jams and jellies.
Invermere, Cuisine The truth is in the tasting

Saunders Family Farm in Windermere produces a delicious, preservative-free product line of jams and jellies, and there are u-pick options too.

Our Kootenay Business writer takes a look at one of the sculpures in Castlegar's highly successful Sculpturewalk program.
Castlegar The world comes to Castlegar

After just five years, Castlegar's Sculpturewalk program has achieved a global reach.

Jim Pownall's first job was building his own home.
New Denver A connection with the forest

Jim Pownall & Co. is a small-town home construction company that produces some mighty impressive results.

People in a canoe
Cranbrook Combining work and fun

Just Liquid Sports in Cranbrook is getting more and more people out on the water.

Harmony Hair and Day Spa in Kimberley, BC
Kimberley, Health & Wellness, Small Business New name, new staff, same location

Pat Johnson has been running a home-based business in Kimberley for the past 15 years, and cutting people's hair for twice that long.

two people in Kimberley, BC standing side by side
Kimberley, Real Estate, Technology Location, location, location

Landmax Inc.'s computer software solutions are putting the Kootenays on the map—literally.

Owners of the Painted Crate standing side by side
Cranbrook, Retail Colour them happy

The co-owners of new Cranbrook business The Painted Crate welcome artists and do-it-yourselfers alike to their latest venture.

Staff at Mitech in Cranbrook, BC
Cranbrook, Retail Tech-savvy solutions

With more than three decades in business, Cranbrook's Mitech team enjoys the challenge of keeping up with the technology.

man standing in front of the Spice Hut in Cranbrook BC
Cranbrook, Kimberley, Cuisine Fabulous flavours

Jay Syed, owner of the popular Spice Hut in Cranbrook, is pleased to announce that he's bringing his East Indian flavours to a second location in Kimberley.

lady standing in front of a child care sign
Revelstoke Child-care centre caters to both residents and tourists

Mountain Child Care at Revelstoke Mountain Resort was launched in the winter of 2011, and keeps its doors open during the other three seasons too.

Man standing beside an old-fashioned letterpress machine in Fernie, BC
Fernie Letterpress printing: what’s old is new again

Clawhammer Letterpress & Gallery is a wonderful addition to the vibrant arts scene in Fernie, and this new business even makes some music too.

by A traditional welcome
headshot of a woman
Cranbrook, Education Lifelong learning

A new learning centre in Cranbrook uses programs based on extensive research into neuroplasticity of the brain to help clients overcome reading and learning difficulties.

three people standing around a shop sign
New Denver, Cuisine The apple of New Denver’s eye

New Denver's Apple Tree sandwich shop is a popular gathering place with a very West Kootenay vibe. Oh, and the food's great too.

woman and man standing together
Cranbrook, Technology Computer company on the move

So many Cranbrook customers were making the drive up to No Shorts Electronics in Kimberley that proprietor Dave McGuire decided to set up a second shop in Cranbrook.

lady sitting at a desk taking notes and smiling
Kimberley, Health & Wellness People person

Debbie Blais has spent the past 30 years in a job she clearly loves, meeting and serving the needs of the folks who access the Kimberley Medical Clinic. She talks about her job and what she likes to do away from clinic duties.

Castlegar To work is to learn

Rachel Gutwald, 24, has Down syndrome. But that hasn't stopped her from holding down two jobs, at Kootenay Family Place and Castlegar City Hall, with a little help from the Kootenay Society for Community Living's supported employment program.

Cranbrook For love of animals

Karla Shalley's love of animals has translated into her own business, The Playpen Pet Boarding & Grooming, in Cranbrook, B.C. She celebrates her third year in business this coming May.

Pat Ridler standing beside magazines
Cranbrook These pages keep on turning

Pages Book Emporium in Cranbrook seems to be a recession-proof business.

Nelson Selling fun

In April of 2011, Secret Garden Toys in Nelson will celebrate 25 years in business.

Trail All sewed up

Tina Ihas, owner of Sugar Shack Quilting Co. Ltd. in Trail, B.C., likes to point out that her shop is about a lot more than just quilting.

Radium Hot Springs Day spa in Radium welcomes fresh hands

Bare Hands Day Spa at the Prestige in Radium Hot Springs welcomes a new owner.

rystle, Ken and Chris Kalesnikoff standing together
Forestry This lumber company keeps it all in the family

Krystle, Ken and Chris Kalesnikoff are proud of their family-owned and operated business.