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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

Scott Beeching is the director of planning and development services for the District of Elkford.
East Kootenay, Elkford Elkford’s economic strategy

The single-industry District of Elkford supports economic development in the surrounding region and the needs of its immediate community.

Rebekah Tebrinke of PV Ranch Adventures, in front of the fireplace
West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Rebekah Tebrinke, PV Ranch Adventures

Rebekah Tebrinke is following in the footsteps of her parents and grandparents at PV Ranch Adventures, near Grand Forks, B.C.

Ian Benson of Elkford owns Bearspaw Contracting and several other companies across Canada.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Mining, Small Business, Top 10 Business People Ian Benson, Bearspaw Contracting

Ian Benson supports Elkford and the entire Elk Valley through his labour contracting company and his charitable foundation.

Nicole Leclair is a Kimberley entrepreneur with diverse businesses.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Nicole Leclair reinvented

“A lot of us in the business community have put everything we have on the line for our businesses.” —Nicole Leclair

Celeste Mullin is the chief operations officer for Golden Life Management.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments Golden Life in Cranbrook

Golden Life Management adds value and meaning to its care by supporting seniors outside of its villages to reduce social isolation.

Dean McKerracher (left) and Curtis Helgesen (right) spent time in Peru in 2018, working with mining communities under the CISAL program.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Mining Elkford pays it forward

The leadership team from Elkford share success strategies with mining communities in South America.

Kristin Parsons
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Getting to know Kristin Parsons

Kristin Parsons, executive director of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce, talks about the chamber’s ABCs and building bridges.

In autumn of 2018, Dean McKerracher was acclaimed to his fifth consecutive term as mayor of the District of Elkford.
East Kootenay, Elkford Dean McKerracher’s fifth term begins

Dean McKerracher talks about the projects the village council has addressed in the past four years, and looks at its focus for the next four.

Brian Taylor is now serving his fourth term as mayor of Grand Forks, B.C.
West Kootenay, Grand Forks Brian Taylor is back at Grand Forks city hall

“I hope that soon we can develop the dream that Grand Forks needs, showing that our community is going to grow and change.” —Brian Taylor, mayor

Clara Reinhardt is the mayor of Radium Hot Springs.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs Clara Reinhardt begins second term

Village infrastructure is well in hand, so the administration of Radium Hot Springs can focus on the things that make life even finer.

Jason Wheeldon is a successful Realtor in Cranbrook, and a tireless community volunteer.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Cranbrook influencers

Successful in their busy day-jobs, these are people who find time and energy to enrich their community.

Bruno Tassone, mayor of Castlegar, wears the official chain of office
West Kootenay, Castlegar Bruno Tassone moves into the mayor’s office in Castlegar

The new mayor of Castlegar is well acquainted with infrastructure and what it means to the city’s ability to function.

Ange Qualizza, mayor of Fernie
East Kootenay, Fernie Ange Qualizza talks about priorities

“Economic development is about turning community visions into plans and implementing them to achieve goals.” — Ange Qualizza, mayor of Fernie

Karl Sterzer, mayor of Canal Flats, B.C.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats Karl Sterzer is a man with a mission

After years of struggling with its image and its economy, Canal Flats is on the threshold of becoming “Village Beautiful, Village Prosperous.”

BC Transit passengers relax and take in the sights on a stress-free journey/commute.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Transportation For an easy ride, take the bus

Convenient, affordable transportation is key to a community’s livability, and BC Transit is providing that key in many small communities.

Andrea Wilkey and Michael Hoher promote  the benefits of Export Navigator.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Small Business Accessing international markets

Evidence confirms that the Export Navigator pilot project is uniquely answering ongoing needs of expansion-ready businesses.

Al Miller, owner of Home Hardware in Invermere, was elected mayor of the District of Invermere in October 2018.
East Kootenay, Invermere Al Miller wins the mayor’s job in Invermere

Al Miller, a 30-year resident of Invermere, is a business owner and the district’s new mayor.

Ron Toyota, mayor of Creston, wearing his chain of office
East Kootenay, Creston Ron Toyota returns

Ron Toyota talks about his 10 years as mayor and the accomplishments of the team at Creston’s Town Hall.

Lee Pratt is serving his second term as the mayor of Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Lee Pratt looks ahead

Lee Pratt likes to get things done, with good results for the people affected. “We’re regular people, doing a job,” he said.

John Dooley has returned to the office of mayor in Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Nelson John Dooley is back

After four years, John Dooley has returned to the position of mayor of Nelson. This term will give him a total of 13 years in the role.

Lisa Pasin was elected mayor of Trail, B.C., in October 2018.
West Kootenay, Trail Lisa Pasin, Trail’s new mayor

“I have a clear understanding of my role and clear expectations of myself and others in achieving our shared purpose.”—Lisa Pasin, Trail’s mayor

On October 20, 2018, Gary Sulz was elected to the office of mayor in Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke Meet the mayor of Revelstoke

We asked Gary Sulz a few questions about his background and hopes for his first term as mayor of Revelstoke.

Ed Attridge, the new executive director of the Trail & District Chamber of Commerce, stands at the chamber entrance
West Kootenay, Trail, Small Business New leadership for the Trail chamber

The Trail & District Chamber of Commerce has new staff and a renewed commitment to its members and the community.

Artist's rendering of the ?aq?am Community Health & Wellness Facility
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, First Nations , Health & Wellness ʔaq̓am Community health

In partnership with the First Nations Health Authority, the ʔaq̓am Community has undertaken the construction of another significant project.

Kristy Jahn-Smith became the first executive director of Cranbrook Tourism on September 4, 2018
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business, Tourism A leader for Cranbrook Tourism

As the first executive director of Cranbrook Tourism, Kristy Jahn-Smith aims to put Cranbrook on the map as a tourism destination.

Steven Droste hiking near Sparwood, B.C.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Kootenay Influencers Sparwood influencers

Among the best of the natural resources in Sparwood, B.C., are the citizens who love and support the community.

Diane Manson, owner of Mountain City Travel in Kimberley, is a consistent supporter of the city's business community.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Real Estate, Small Business, Tourism, Kootenay Influencers Kimberley influencers

Here are a few members of Kimberley’s business community whose attitudes and practices inspire and influence others.

Karilyn Kempton is the technology strategy co-ordinator for the City of Revelstoke
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Small Business, Kootenay Influencers Revelstoke influencers

These are some of the community-loving business people who are making a difference in Revelstoke, B.C.

Leanne and Chad Jensen are continuing the work begun by their father, Rick, in the New Dawn Group of Companies.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments New Dawn - the future

The second Jensen generation at New Dawn share thoughts about business and family.

New Dawn Group of Companies sign
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Real Estate New Dawn past and present

As the New Dawn Group of Companies celebrates 40 years in business, we take a brief look at its beginning and its present.

(L to R) Chad, Rick and Leanne Jensen are partners in the New Dawn Group of Companies.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Developments, Real Estate New Dawn Group: 40 years of building communities

Rick Jensen, founder of New Dawn Group of Companies, looks back at the company’s 40 years in construction and development.

Eagle Pass Lodge is the luxurious, intimate accommodation component of Eagle Pass Heliskiing, based in Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Eagle Pass Lodge wins hospitality building award

Revelstoke’s beautiful little Eagle Pass Lodge has received the Thompson Okanagan Kootenay Commercial Building Hospitality Award.

The Middletown Crossing site map shows the improvements that have been done at the intersection of Highways 3 and 43 in Sparwood.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Transportation Sparwood builds a better crossing

Middletown Crossing’s design and sensor-controlled traffic lights result in a smooth flow of traffic at the intersection of Highways 3 and 43.

Jennifer and Josh McLafferty are the owners of Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery, a certified organic distillery in Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery: An unlikely story

A bad business deal and a bucket of molasses were the inspiration for a spirited new business in Revelstoke, B.C.

The Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre is now under the management of Resorts of the Canadian Rockies.
East Kootenay, Kimberley The good, the good and the ugly

Don McCormick talks about managing Kimberley’s assets and liabilities—the conference centre, the SunMine and the wildfire interface.

Rob Wheeler (L) and Carl Lauren brought Tyee Custom Homes to Kimberley, B.C., in 2005
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Developments Tyee diversifies

Tyee Log Homes has grown and diversified since arriving in Kimberley in 2005, becoming a significant employer and economic driver.

Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce staff  Michelle Doll (L), administrative assistant and Laura Kennedy, office manager
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Cranbrook chamber autumn events, 2018

While they await the arrival of their new executive director, Cranbrook’s chamber board and staff are busy serving the membership.

Cranbrook's mayor, Lee Pratt, outside city hall in October 2018, at the beginning of his second term in office
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments Cranbrook 2018: Future focus

Since November 2014, a change in the mindset at Cranbrook city hall has created noticeable, valuable changes for the local business community.

Chris van der Linden stands on the steps of the former Mountain View School, where renovations are being done to accommodate his restaurant, Old School Eatery, and other businesses.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Cuisine, Small Business, Tourism Old School Eatery to open in Revelstoke

Owner Chris van der Linden hopes to open the Old School Eatery in late November.

Ingrid Bron is the new director of community economic development for the City of Revelstoke and the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District Electoral Area B
West Kootenay, Revelstoke A new asset for Revelstoke

Revelstoke’s new director of community economic development, Ingrid Bron, joined the City team on October 15, 2018.

Mike Guarnery is the manager of the Kimberley & District Chamber of Commerce
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Small Business Kimberley chamber, 2018

The Kimberley chamber lends its support to business in areas including technology, hospitality, child care advocacy and taxation.

Jonah Jones and Megan Moore each put on a scowl for the camera, all in fun.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Jones Distilling leads revitalization of former Revelstoke schoolhouse

A variety of businesses and services have taken up residence in a beautifully converted heritage schoolhouse in Revelstoke.

Revelstoke Mountain CoLab provides short-term and long-term work space for established businesses and startups
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Small Business Success tips from Mountain CoLab

Revelstoke’s Mountain CoLab has been so successful that it’s outgrowing the administrative capacity of the volunteer board.

(L to R) Caitlin Berkhiem, Tamara Mercandelli and Christel Hagn are looking forward to reopening Soulfood restaurant in the Mount Baker Heritage Hotel
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Cuisine, Financial, Small Business Soulfood co-operative

Soulfood, a farm-to-table whole foods restaurant in downtown Cranbrook, is moving to become a co-operative.

Mark McKee, mayor of Revelstoke, opted not to run for re-election on October 20, 2018
West Kootenay, Revelstoke Revelstoke city report, 2018

“It’s the City’s responsibility to make sure that the type of development that’s coming in fits with the vision of the community.” —Mark McKee

Don McCormick has begun his campaign for a second term as Kimberley's mayor
East Kootenay, Kimberley Kimberley city report, 2018

Like many of B.C.’s small resort communities, Kimberley is experiencing some growing pains. Here’s how it’s coping.

Dustin Roskam is the owner of Peak Axe Throwing Inc. in downtown Revelstoke, B.C.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Recreation-style axe throwing

For indoor entertainment and exercise, try out Peak Axe Throwing in Revelstoke.

Beverley MacNaughton loves her job as executive director of the Sparwood & District Chamber of Commerce.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Small Business Sparwood chamber strategizes

Bev MacNaughton, executive director of the Sparwood & District Chamber of Commerce, is eager to apply what she learned at the annual BCCEC.

Flags fly over the Sparwood municipal building that is home to the District of Sparwood's administrative team
East Kootenay, Sparwood Sparwood mayor’s perspective, 2018

Cal McDougall served Sparwood through smooth and rough times, and the improved economy is allowing him to leave City Hall with an easy heart.

Jana Thompson, executive director of the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce, finds her job exciting, satisfying and fun.
West Kootenay, Revelstoke, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Revelstoke chamber update, 2018

The Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce advocates for the business community on critical issues and promotes community fun and cultural events.