Zoë Dupley writer profile

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Zoë Dupley is a writer for Koocanusa Publications. She received her Journalism diploma from SAIT Polytechnic, and is currently finishing her degree in Professional Communication at Royal Roads University. Dupley hopes to share her love of storytelling, and properly communicate the passions of those she interviews. She has worked at many occupations, and hopes to bring her understanding of businesses large and small to every story she writes. When she isn’t hiking in the Rocky Mountains, she is working on her latest sewing project or reading The Lord of the Rings.

Most recent articles by Zoë Dupley

logo for the influential women in business awards
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Fantastic females

We salute the nominees in our 2019 Influential Women in Business Awards for their phenomenal commitment and energy.

Trucker crossing bridge in B.C., Highway 16, (Robson River Bridge),  and uses ELD.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Technology, Transportation Electronic Logging Devices add efficiency to Hours of Service compliance

Electronic Logging Devices allow drivers to track their hours of service easily while out on the road.

Haul Truck and Digger at Elkview mine near Sparwood, B.C.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Sparwood, Education, Energy, Mining The Elkview Coal Mine celebrates a milestone

This year marks the 50th anniversary of surface mining at Elkview mine near Sparwood, B.C.

Tiny Greens in Nelson, B.C. Growing microgreens for local restaurants and homes.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Agriculture, Cuisine, Health & Wellness, Small Business Tiny Greens grow in Nelson, B.C.

Matt Kelk’s new business supplies local residents with microgreens year-round.

Brittany's Flower Farm in Creston, B.C.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Retail, Small Business Brittany’s Flower Farm has opened in Creston, B.C.

Brittany Tilling has a green thumb and a love of plants and flowers. She is now ready to share her love with the town of Creston and surrounding Kootenays.

Wylie Jack Tap Handles & Branding in Invermere.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Retail, Small Business Wylie Jack Tap Handles & Branding taps into Budweiser

Richard and Karen Gendron of Invermere find a new client in Budweiser, designing and producing tap handles for the industry giant’s cold-tapped beer.

MP Wayne Stetski in his Cranbrook Office.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education, Environment, Small Business, Tourism MP Wayne Stetski looks behind and ahead

After serving as Cranbrook’s Mayor from 2011 to 2014, MP Wayne Stetski continues to serve the Kootenays on a grander, federal scale in 2019.

Natalia Pacheco, owner of Gravi Tea Coffee & Toys in Castlegar, B.C., and Castlegar Chamber’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2018.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Top 10 Business People Natalia Pacheco

Natalia Pacheco, owner of Gravi Tea Coffee & Toys in Castlegar, has earned a place on our Top 10 Kootenay Business People 2019 list.

The Chopstick Truck, Vietnamese food in Fernie, B.C. and the surrounding Kootenay towns.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Top 10 Business People Sydney and Taylor Salvador

Sydney and Taylor Salvador are co-owners of The Chopstick Truck in Fernie and deserve a parking spot on our Top 10 list.

Helicopters fighting forest fires in Kootenays, B.C. in August, 2018.
East Kootenay, Elkford, West Kootenay, Kaslo, Education, Environment, Financial, Real Estate, Retail Is your business prepared for a fire or flood?

Here is a (relatively) comprehensive guide to make sure your business is covered in emergency situations.

Angela Ross and Dan Steele
East Kootenay, Invermere, Cuisine, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business Sobeys welcomes Angela’s Organic Pasta

Angela’s Organic Pasta in Invermere blends authentic methods with good-for-you ingredients. Its products are soon to be on Sobeys' shelves.

East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Health & Wellness, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business, Technology Make the year colourful and bright with 2019’s Pantone Color of the Year

The 2019 Pantone Color of the Year has been announced. Here’s how you can make the most of it in your interior and online design.

Robin Gallant in Nelson, B.C., owns Patina'd. Patina'd is an antique store.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Nelson, Retail, Small Business, Best of Business Patina’d shines up old beauties in Nelson, B.C.

Robin Gallant created Patina’d to bring renewed and restored items to Nelson homes, offices and more.

Museum director Joelle Hodgins, museum president Libby Martin and collections manager Veronica Vareiro of the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre
West Kootenay, Rossland, Education, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism, Best of Business The Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre is built from the mine up

Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre takes home gold for its historical preservation and tourism efforts.

Lorri and Chris McCready, founders of Thör’s Pizzeria, stand in front of rock formations in the Kootenays.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Cuisine, Small Business, Best of Business Thör’s Pizzeria in Nelson, B.C. brings the hammer down on its competition

Lorri and Chris McCready combined their marketing and culinary skills to create an award-winning pizzeria.

East Kootenay, Kimberley, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Spirit Rock Climbing–to the peaks of youth-friendly business

Spirit Rock Climbing Center took home the 2018 Kimberley chamber award for Youth Friendly Business, and it’s easy to see why.

Ashlée Martin of Ashlée Dawn Photography in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Best of Business Ashlée Dawn Photography excels in storytelling

Ashlée Martin uses her passion of photography to tell stories and showcase East Kootenay personalities.

Sharyl Paull working with clients in the Instill Yoga Therapy Studio in Invermere, B.C.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Health & Wellness, Small Business Invermere welcomes Instill Yoga Therapy

Sharyl Paull helps people to listen to their bodies through healing touch, asking the right questions and creating a space of trust and support.

Photo from Lit Photo/Video Creston, B.C., of a light effect with steel wool over the camera lens.
East Kootenay, Creston, Small Business Lit Photo/Video Creston brings creativity to life in the Kootenays

Dennis Charles’s new business in Creston combines his passion for photography with helping other local businesses craft their brand’s image.

Jason Jones of LARCH Landscape Architecture + Authentic Mountain Design in Golden, B.C., and a background of trees.
West Kootenay, Golden, Developments, Environment, Small Business Larch Landscape Architecture + Authentic Mountain Design mimics natural beauty in Golden, B.C.

Larch Landscape Architecture + Authentic Mountain Design specializes in landscape architecture, environmental planning and design in Golden, B.C.

Sandy Byers of Pillar to Post Home Inspectiors in Nelson, B.C.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Real Estate, Best of Business Sandy Byers helps make Nelson homes safe

Sandy Byers is the best in the business when it comes to home inspection and personality in Nelson, B.C.

Scott and Rebecca Weatherford with their two children, possibly the fourth generation of ownership of ATCO.
West Kootenay, Rossland, Trail, Environment, Forestry, Small Business ATCO: The family business of Fruitvale

Wood products and family ties are the legacy of ATCO Wood Products in Fruitvale, B.C.

Bridge installation steps done by Galena Contractors on the Columbia West Bridge.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Golden, Nakusp, Revelstoke, Trail, 50 companies 2018 top companies profiled

These are three businesses that made our top 50 list in 2018.

The Re/Max All Pro Realty team in Greater Trail, B.C.
West Kootenay, Trail, Real Estate This Re/Max team brings the house down in Greater Trail

The 11-member Re/Max realty team in Greater Trail has over 150 years of industry experience.

Hand Avenue, one of the many streets of West Fernie that was included in the RDEK’s servicing efforts.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Developments Fernie’s west-side story

The Regional District of East Kootenay has completed its servicing upgrades in West Fernie, a project that has been in the making for four years.

Cobham Avenue construction in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments Construction in Cranbrook: an update

The City of Cranbrook is hard at work making improvements to city roads and structures.

Owner of Kays Contracting, Matt Hanlon, poses with one of his contracting machines.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments, Small Business Kays Contracting in Nelson will get the job done

Kay Contracting in Nelson provides its customers with top-notch experiences (and results).

Kyle Hamilton and Jude Smith are the co-founders of birr  in Fernie, B.C.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business, Best of Business Simplify your marketing strategy with birr

birr in Fernie, B.C., is one of the best in the marketing business when it comes to delivering measurable results.

The crew of Extreme Yeti Adventures poses in front of a plane with their skydiving mascot.
West Kootenay, Golden, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Free fallin’ with Extreme Yeti Adventures in Golden B.C.

Reach new heights and high speeds while tandem skydiving with Extreme Yeti Skydiving.

Alannah Knapp and volunteer Linda Niemi stand in front of the Little Mittens Animal  Rescue Association's building.
West Kootenay, Golden, Animal Care Little Mittens Animal Rescue in Golden, B.C. keeps strays off the streets

Little Mittens Animal Rescue Association in Golden, B.C. puts animals first and helps them to find forever homes.

Subaru of Cranbrook's General Manager Jordan McKee stands in front of a new Subaru.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Retail, Transportation Subaru of Cranbrook has a new General Manager

Jordan McKee is the new general manager of Subaru of Cranbrook.

A vista shot of the Creston Valley
East Kootenay, Creston, West Kootenay, Riondel, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism A new brand of tourism: Creston Valley-Kootenay Lake Route

A new tourism brand has surfaced that unites the Creston Valley and the Kootenay Lake area to create a collective campaign for the ages.

West Kootenay, Grand Forks, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Finally, the perfect thyme and the right plate

Taking home four golds from our Best Places to Eat and Drink Awards, The Thyme and Plate is a cut above the rest—and they’ve only been open for nine months.

The Cranbrook Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort opened in 1999. It was the third location to open in the Kootenays, two years after the opening in Nelson, B.C.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism 25 years of Prestige

Prestige Hotels and Resorts is been known for its excellent service and comfortable accommodations. The company has stuck to these values for 25 years.

Shauntelle Nelson is the current owner/operator of Mugshots Café in Fernie, B.C. She has been there for 10 years now and finds that the relationships she builds with her staff and customers make coming to work every day a little bit better.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Line up to get your Mugshots

This cafe is serving up a different kind of mugshots in Fernie, B.C. You won’t mind standing in a lineup for these.

Nicholas and Wendy Fominoff take great pride in what they make and can’t wait to share that experience with everyone who comes to visit.
West Kootenay, Castlegar, Slocan, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism This Winlaw bakery is worth driving for

Nicholas and Wendy Fominoff have set their family’s bakery apart with their handmade treats and lunches. Here is what makes their place so special.

Stuart Cope and Crystal Leonard hope to continue on the mission Gerry Taft first set upon when he opened Gerry’s Gelati in Invermere 14 years ago.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business, Tourism Do you wanti some gelati?

The new owners of Gerry’s Gelati in Invermere, B.C., have found the secret recipe for success.

The sow and her babies were the fair’s big hit out of the many attractions that appeared at last year’s fair.
East Kootenay, Creston, Fairmont Hot Springs, Agriculture, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism 100 years of fall fair fun

Here is how the community plans to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Creston Valley Fall Fair.

An archery round from last year’s games in Vernon, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Tourism Get your head in the games–the 55+ B.C. Games that is!

With many people coming to Cranbrook and Kimberley for the 55+ B.C. Games, local businesses should see a boom. Here's how businesses can get involved.

Chris Holt of Lakewood Landscaping
West Kootenay, Nelson, Agriculture, Education, Environment Xeriscaping: You, me and the blue, part two

Xeriscapic landscaping uses plants that thrive in our natural environment. Here are seven tips for creating a low-maintenance yard.

A family participating in one of Columbia River Paddle's adventures.
East Kootenay, Invermere, West Kootenay, Tourism Take to the water, and don’t forget to bring a paddle

Whether you’re planning on taking your family—or your work family—on a paddling adventure, here are some important tips to keep in mind

East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Breweries to visit—Kootenay style!

Our region is home to some amazing local breweries. Here are a few of our top choices.

A picture of Avery Deboer-Smith
Water conservation: Me, you and the blue

High water consumption not only affects the environment around you, it also affects your pocketbook. Here are some tips to lower your environmental impact

A woman's hands hold an eggplant at a farmers market stall. A chalk sign reads
Agriculture, Environment Farm fresh, close to home—here’s a list of all the farmers markets in the Kootenay region

Buying local gives back to your community and your health. Read on to find out where you can get the freshest, organic products at these Kootenay farmers market

A picture of Kicking Horse Coffee headquarters with a mountainous background.
East Kootenay, Invermere Kicking Horse Coffee is Canada’s best place to work

Kicking Horse Coffee was named 2018’s Best Workplace in Canada by the research group Great Place to Work.

The brains behinds the beauty of Mad Lillies Hair and Co.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business Mad Lillies Hair & Co.: The passing of the torch, or rather, the shears

Mad Lillies Hair & Co. is celebrating its one-year anniversary, and the three women behind it all couldn’t be happier.