Friday, November 25, 2016

2017 COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Kootenay Kids Celebrate Canada

See tomorrow’s artistic talent today… in our 2017 Kids’ Community Calendar!

Each year, in partnership with local elementary and middle schools, we produce our very own community calendar featuring artwork from students across the Kootenays. The quality of the artwork year after year is always exceptional; making the task of paring down the mountain of entries we receive to the ones we feature in the calendar quite a challenge. 

In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, the theme for this year is Kootenay Kids Celebrate Canada We asked students and teachers to show why they think Canada is great – the wildest wildlife, the coolest glaciers, the friendliest flag - and almost 1400 students from 28 schools shared with us why they are proud to be Canadians!  As a thank-you for participating in the program, all eligible schools receive $500 to put towards art supplies, field trips and other enrichment activities.  The featured artists are also awarded a special memento to showcase their winning piece of art.

We look forward to continuing our calendar program for years to come.  The quality of the calendar would not be the same without the talented young artists and hardworking teachers that live in our communities. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016


The City of Trail's SPOOKTACULAR is invading Helena Street in Trail this Saturday and we want to see your cutest, scariest and most creative costumes as part of our annual Costume Contest!  With different age categories to include the whole family, there are tons of great treats to be won – for the young and young at heart.

       When: Saturday, October 29 - Judging begins at 1:00pm
       Where: Helena Street Stage

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
  • Ages 0 to 5 - Scariest, Most Creative, and Cutest
  • Ages 6 to10 - Scariest and Most Creative
  • Ages 11 to 15 - Scariest and Most Creative
  • Ages 16 and up - Scariest and Most Creative
  • Family/Group - Most Creative
For more information on the event, call the City of Trail's Communication & Events Coordinator, Andrea Jolly, at 250.364.0834.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016


International Credit Union Day is today and in continuing what has now become an annual tradition at Kootenay Savings, our employees and directors are donating the proceeds from our Kootenay Savings Care Wear program - over $22,000 - to help support worthy causes they hold near and dear to them.

Introduced in 2004, the Care Wear program gives all employees and directors the opportunity to dress casually every Friday. Participants pay $1 per week for the privilege, with the Kootenay Savings Community Foundation matching all contributions. Then on Credit Union Day, each location donates their funds to a deserving charity or community group. 

This year, twenty-five different groups are benefitting from the $22,848 being distributed, bringing the total amount of Care Wear proceeds invested into Kootenay communities to over $300,000 since the program’s inception!

Thursday, October 6, 2016


On October 20th credit unions in 105 countries from around the world will celebrate International Credit Union Day.  Credit unions are not-for-profit financial co-operatives, offering the same services as other financial institutions, but with a people-first philosophy. Since 1948, on the third Thursday of every October, credit unions have celebrated the principles that make credit unions the best financial partners of people all over the world.

“The Authentic Difference", this year’s theme, zeroes in on what makes credit unions different from banks, fintech startups and other financial institutions - our principles.  Credit unions all over the world have operated according to the same core principles since the 1850s, when a group of weary German workers formed the world’s first credit union by banding together to provide affordable credit to each other.

These principles are derived from the 7 co-operative principles, shared by all co-operatives.

1. Democratic Control. One member = One vote. Whether you have $5 or $5 million, your voice is equal.

2. Open and Voluntary Membership. Members are connected by a bond of association, fostering a sense of community.

3. Non-Discrimination. Credit unions are open to all without regard for race, orientation, nationality, sex, religion, gender, or politics.

4. Service to Members. Credit unions are ranked #1 in service in numerous surveys, because they exist to serve members, not profit.

5. Distribution to Members. Credit unions return all profits to their members through dividends, lower fees, better savings rates, and improved services.

6. Building Financial Stability. Credit unions are historically stable organizations. They’re owned by the people they serve, so they don’t take unnecessary risks.

7. Co-operation Among Co-operatives. Credit unions and co-operatives share the same principles. Together, they amplify each other’s good works.

8. Social Responsibility. Credit unions strive for social justice by committing to strengthening their communities and helping people of modest means.

9. Ongoing Education. Credit unions prioritize financial education for their members, employees, and communities as part of their pursuit of social justice.

This is why we celebrate Credit Union Day at Kootenay Savings. We think ideas like people before profit, social responsibility, and financial education improve lives. It’s why co-operative banking is a key component of helping people in developing countries get access to microloans, or a middle-class couple in the Kootenays receive an affordable mortgage for their first home.

So when we wish you a Happy Credit Union Day, know that we’re thanking you for belonging to a movement that’s helping your neighbours - and people around the world - grow and thrive and follow their dreams!

If you have any questions about the credit union philosophy or how we at Kootenay Savings can help you, stop by any branch, email us at, or connect with us on social media.