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Cranbrook and District Community Foundation Provides $78,000 in Funding

June 7, 2017 – 10:07 pm

  Cranbrook, BC (June 7, 2017) – The Cranbrook and District Community Foundation (CDCF) distributed over $78,000 to local community projects and programs during its Annual General Meeting and Granting Celebration on Tuesday June 6th. A total of over $40,000 was granted to 16 projects/programs. This included four projects that received matching grants through the […]

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Donna Brady Fields Presented with City’s 2016 Sustainable Community Builder Award

May 30, 2017 – 6:14 pm

  Donna is likely best recognized for her contributions to Cranbrook through her continued efforts with the United Way. Those who nominated her note she is a strong advocate for the United Way and their funding recipients; she is actively involved in poverty reduction, food security and many social issues that impact this community. Donna […]

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CDCF Welcomes New Executive Director

April 24, 2017 – 6:12 pm

CRANBROOK, BC, April 20, 2017 – The Cranbrook and District Community Foundation (CDCF) is pleased to welcome Lynnette Wray to the CDCF Executive Director role, effective May 1, 2017. According to Dave Struthers, President of the CDCF Board of Directors, “Lynnette Wray brings a strong history of excellence in the non-profit sector, from her 10 […]

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2017 Grant Application process now underway

February 3, 2017 – 8:05 pm
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EKC donates $3,000 to Salvation Army Soup Kitchen Fund

November 28, 2016 – 11:02 pm

East Kootenay Community Credit Union has given $9,000 in support over last three years, bringing total endowment to just over $34,000 On November 23, East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC) in Cranbrook, Elkford, Fernie and Sparwood donated $3,000 to the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen Endowment Fund, held with the Cranbrook and District Community Foundation (CDCF). […]


Cranbrook Public Library Fund exceeds $20,000

November 25, 2016 – 4:06 pm

On November 21, Jim Shepherd (left) and Dave Clark (right) from the Cranbrook Public Library board of directors, presented Dave Struthers, president of the Cranbrook and District Community Foundation (CDCF), with a $6,700 cheque for the Cranbrook Public Library Endowment Fund, which now totals more than $20,000. CDCF endowment funds are held in perpetuity, which means the Cranbrook Public […]


Cranbrook Boys and Girls Club launches opportunity fund

July 15, 2016 – 4:18 pm

CRANBROOK – The Cranbrook Boys and Girls club has started an opportunity fund with the Cranbrook and District Community Foundation (CDCF) with the hopes of reaching $10,000 by September, and $50,000 by their 50th anniversary in 2020. Once the opportunity fund reaches $10,000, it will be endowed and invested with the CDCF and begin to […]


Sustainable Community Builder Award presented

June 1, 2016 – 5:09 pm

Robert Williams has been awarded the 2015 Sustainable Community Builder Award by the City of Cranbrook in recognition of the countless hours he has spent working to enhance the social, environmental and cultural well-being of Cranbrook residents, the ʔaq’am community, and the Ktunaxa Nation. Those who nominated him for the award describe Williams as having […]


Chef Rusty Cox is Kootenay Granite Stone Soup Chef 2016

March 2, 2016 – 10:01 pm

By a vote of 6 to 5, Cox’s Lemongrass Ginger Chicken soup defeats Chef Graham Barnes’s Split Pea and Bacon soup CRANBROOK – It was a spectacular community turnout for the final showdown of the Kootenay Granite Stone Soup Challenge. More than 180 people gathered in the Grand Ballroom at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort […]

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Chef Rusty Cox wins semi-final event and will meet Chef Graham Barnes in final soup showdown

February 26, 2016 – 8:23 pm

Cox’s beef and pork soup with butternut squash wins over Alaric’s cream of broccoli and cheddar soup The final Kootenay Granite Stone Soup Challenge chef match-up is now set in stone: Chef Graham Barnes of Max’s Place will face Chef Rusty Cox of the Heid Out Restaurant and Brewhouse on Wednesday, March 2, at the […]


Chef Graham Barnes headed to Stone Soup grand finale

February 23, 2016 – 8:06 pm

Who will face him at the final event? Find out Friday. CRANBROOK – It was a greatly anticipated semi-final match-up. Lindsay Waugh of Hot Shots Café and Graham Barnes of Max’s Place met today for an epic soup cook-off. The two chefs both come from beloved Cranbrook cafes featuring great coffee, and a diverse selection […]


Chef Rusty Cox of Heid Out takes out last year’s winner Chef Shelby Schiller of BJ’s Restaurant

February 22, 2016 – 8:31 pm

Semi-final challenge match-ups will take place Tuesday and Friday This was a first-round match-up neither chef wanted to see. Chef Rusty Cox of The Heid Out Restaurant and Brewhouse and Chef Shelby Schiller of BJ’s Diner and Creekside Pub, Kimberley, are friends. They would have preferred not to face each other in the first round […]


Salvation Army Chef Carmen Alaric for the win!

February 19, 2016 – 8:07 pm

Mint-pudding curried turkey-vegetable soup and chocolate chip cookie dough hamburger soup delight Salvation Army guests Chef Kevin McDonald of the West Coast Grill and the Salvation Army’s own Carmen Alaric faced-off today, each bringing a very unique and difficult ingredient as a challenge to the other. Chef McDonald presented chocolate chip cookie dough to Chef […]


Chef Barnes of Max’s Place scoops Stone Soup competition two

February 18, 2016 – 8:11 pm

Chef Barnes drops a quail egg bomb on Chef Hull, who returns friendly fire with a can of pumpkin puree On the second day of the Kootenay Granite Stone Soup Challenge Chef Graham Barnes of Max’s Place showed up with a doozy of an ingredient challenge for amateur chef and Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce Executive […]


Chef Waugh of Hot Shots wins first Stone Soup Challenge by one vote

February 16, 2016 – 8:54 pm

Chocolate pudding and tuna play a role in soup-making strategy CRANBROOK – It was a dramatic first day of the Kootenay Granite Stone Soup Challenge. Chef Lindsay Waugh of Hot Shots Café took on Stone Soup veteran Chef Doug Wagner of St. Eugene Mission Resort. Waugh is a first-year culinary arts student at the College […]


Kootenay Granite Stone Soup Challenge chefs revealed

February 10, 2016 – 8:20 pm

First competition sees Chef Doug Wagner of St. Eugene and Chef Lindsay Waugh of Hot Shots go toe-to-toe  CRANBROOK – This year’s Kootenay Granite Stone Soup Challenge begins with a solid base of returning chefs, sprinkled with brand-new culinary masterminds, seasoned with a small dash of up-and-coming talent, all served with a well-known local amateur […]


Kootenay Granite Stone Soup chefs announced at live event

February 10, 2016 – 8:17 pm

Secret challenge revealed and live draws for first-round match-ups What:  2nd Annual Kootenay Granite Stone Soup Challenge kick-off press conference When:  Tuesday, February 2, 2 p.m. Where:  Kootenay Granite, 2373 Cranbrook St N, Cranbrook, BC V1C 3T3 Who: Competing chefs, Cranbrook and District Community Foundation, Salvation Army, Kootenay Granite and other event sponsors. CRANBROOK – The […]

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Vendors bring their best street grub to Hyundai for Hunger Aug. 24

August 19, 2015 – 9:02 pm

Food truck extravaganza benefits Cranbrook and District Community Foundation’s Salvation Army Soup Kitchen Fund CRANBROOK – Food trucks and vendors will gather at Cranbrook Hyundai on August 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to serve up some of the best street grub the Kootenay’s has to offer, all in the name of charity. The […]

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Facebook “Like-fest” raises up to $5,000 for the Community Foundation

July 28, 2015 – 3:09 pm

TELUS is donating $5 to the Cranbrook and District Community Foundation (CDCF), up to $5,000, for every Facebook “Like” on its July 20th Facebook post that foreshadows the “TELUS Team’s” arrival in Cranbrook. The post can be found on the Cranbrook and District Community Foundation’s Facebook page here. “All people need to do is visit […]

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Local non-profits benefit from Optik TV

June 24, 2015 – 8:04 pm

Cranbrook and District Community Foundation gets $25 from TELUS with your vote For every new Optik TV subscriber on the Fibre Optic Network in Cranbrook, TELUS will donate $25 to a local participating charity. The Cranbrook and District Community Foundation (CDCF) is very excited to be included as one of the non-profits in the TELUS […]

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Gord Johnston receives Sustainable Community Builder Award

May 29, 2015 – 9:32 pm

Cranbrook and District Community Foundation will give back more than $35,000 to local non-profits organizations in 2015; $368,000 since 2004     CRANBROOK – Long-time Cranbrook resident Gord Johnston has been awarded the 2014 Sustainable Community Builder Award. Johnston has a long history as a community leader and volunteer, most recently as the project leader […]

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Supporting people with mental health challenges and addictions

March 26, 2015 – 3:36 pm

Melodie Hull Fund for Mental Health surpasses $10,000 and will begin granting back to the local community CRANBROOK – Melodie Hull has spent most of her life working to not only better understand but educate others about mental health, mental illness, substance use, and addictions.  She is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse who has worked extensively […]

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Chef Rusty Cox victorious with a curried sausage and squash soup

February 16, 2015 – 9:46 pm

The Kootenay Granite Stone Soup Challenge kicks-off with two nutritious, delicious soups Chef Graham Barnes, Chef Rusty Cox, and Chef Kathy Morey serve lunch to more than 50 Salvation Army clients at today’s Kootenay Granite Stone Soup Challenge. CRANBROOK – As expected, it was an epic battle between two of Cranbrook’s best chefs from two […]

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Kootenay Granite Stone Soup Challenge kicks off Feb. 16

February 12, 2015 – 5:12 pm

First competition sees friends and colleagues Chef Rusty Cox and Chef Graham Barnes go toe-to-toe   (L-R) With a plastic butter knife and can of mushroom soup, Chef Rusty Cox crosses enemy lines into Max’s Place Thursday morning for a pre-competition photo with his Kootenay Granite Stone Soup challenger and friend Chef Graham Barnes, who […]

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EKC Announces Community Endowment Benefiting Salvation Army

January 29, 2015 – 6:33 pm

Cranbrook –The Cranbrook Salvation Army’s Soup Kitchen program will be the recipient of a significant and sustainable contribution thanks to a generous gift spanning three years announced by the East Kootenay Community Credit Union (EKC).  EKC has announced it will endow $3,000 per year for three years to the Salvation Army`s fund held with the […]

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Seven chefs go head-to-head at Salvation Army soup kitchen

January 21, 2015 – 6:29 pm

The Kootenay Granite Stone Soup Challenge raises funds to support homeless shelter project CRANBROOK – This February, seven of the top chefs in Cranbrook and Kimberley will compete Iron-chef style in the first-ever Kootenay Granite Stone Soup Challenge. In head-to-head rounds, chefs will put their culinary creativity to the test in the soup kitchen at […]

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Turning 50 pushes man to the peak; three peaks, actually

December 15, 2014 – 5:13 pm

Michael Meinig climbs three mountains in three days for three charities Kimberley resident Michael Meinig is celebrating his 50th birthday in a unique way – climbing three mountains in three days for three different charities. Meinig, who officially turned 50 on Nov. 27, will be attempting the 343 (three for three) Challenge March 2015. He […]

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Gifts that Give Hope encourages selfless holiday giving

October 24, 2014 – 4:19 pm

CRANBROOK – With the gift-giving season fast approaching, the perfect present will no doubt be on many people’s mind. This year, think outside the gift-wrapped box by giving your family, friends, and colleagues, a donation in their name to a local community organization. The Cranbrook and District Community Foundation (CDCF) has partnered with Children First […]

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Sustainable Community Builder Award Nominations

February 20, 2014 – 7:16 pm

The recipient will be provided $500 to be donated to their charity of choice, thanks to a partnership with the Cranbrook and District Community Foundation (CDCF).   The money for the grant comes from the legacy fund left to the CDCF by the Knights of Pythias, Crescent Lodge #33 of Cranbrook. “The Sustainable Community Builder Award […]

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East Kootenay Chamber of Mines Gives Generous Donation

December 17, 2013 – 10:21 pm

From left to right: CDCF Executive Director Theresa Bartraw, EKCM Director Paul Ransom, EKCM Director Farren Billey, EKCM Director Ted Sanders, EKCM Director Dave Grieve, EKCM Director Fiona Katay, CDCF Director Dave Struthers. CENTRE:  CDCF Fund Development Coordinator Riley Wilcox and EKCM President Jason Jacob. On December 11th, 2013 the Cranbrook and District Community Foundation […]

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Celebrate Giving Tuesday!

December 3, 2013 – 8:17 pm

On the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, a new movement focusing on  charitable giving is hoping to shake up the normally-frenzied pace of holiday  shopping and consumerism that takes place this time of the year. Dubbed “Giving Tuesday,” the movement takes place following Cyber Monday and  encourages Canadians from coast to coast to […]

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9th Annual Minerals South Conference a Big Success

December 3, 2013 – 8:00 pm

After months of planning, the 9th Annual Minerals South Conference went from Novemer 5-7 at The Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort in Cranbrook. The Conference and Trade Show, was organized by the East Kootenay Chamber of Mines, and featured a short course, workshop, field trip and two days of high-calibre, wide-ranging talks with a focus on southern British […]

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City updated on status of homeless shelter

April 29, 2013 – 7:40 pm

A proposed $16.6 million homeless shelter for Cranbrook is continuing on the right path, say project organizers. Salvation Army Captain Kirk Green and Cranbrook and District Community Foundation chair Neil Cook appeared before City of Cranbrook council Oct. 3 and brought them up to speed on the project, now in its third year. Along with […]

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Free minor sports grant writing workshops

April 29, 2013 – 7:34 pm

Cranbrook and Kimberley sports communities often feel a financial crunch to continue operating and under-represented when it comes to receiving grant money to run local sports teams. To assist these groups, two free workshops on writing grants for minor and amateur sports will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 29 in both Cranbrook and Kimberley. Sponsored […]

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RDEK Notes – December Meeting

April 29, 2013 – 7:33 pm

Campground regulations bylaw The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK)  is moving forward with consultation on the preparation of new campground regulations for the RDEK. In its discussion on the options for managing campground developments, the board noted the need for a standard set of development regulations in the RDEK to address issues with respect […]

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Christ Anglican kids work hard for homeless shelter

April 29, 2013 – 7:31 pm

The Sunday school children of Christ Church Anglican and The Reverend Yme Woensdregt (back row right) presented Captain Kirk Green of The Salvation Army (back row centre) and President of the Cranbrook and District Community Foundation (back row left) with a cheque for almost $8,000 for the Homeless Shelter. A Place at the Table At […]

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Help for the Homeless Shelter

April 29, 2013 – 7:30 pm

Cranbrook Interior Woodwork, management and staff were pleased to present The Cranbrook and District Community Foundation with a cheque for $500 for the Homeless Shelter to be built at the Salvation Army property on Salter Road. Pictured left to right, Nancy Zier of the Salvation Army, Diane Cooke, Allan Mayer, Brandt Wagner, Murray Gemmell, Adam […]

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Niedermayer family gives back through the Cranbrook and District Community Foundation

April 29, 2013 – 7:26 pm

The Niedermayer brothers, Scott and Rob, are establishing a new endowment fund, the Niedermayer Family Fund, to give back to Cranbrook forever. “We’ve been looking at various ways of giving back and I am excited to see the establishment of the fund,” said Rob. Like many donors, the Niedermayers reserve the ability to determine annually […]

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City seeking sustainable community builders

April 29, 2013 – 7:25 pm

Do you know an individual, group, club, agency or society who has made Cranbrook a better, stronger community? If so, the City of Cranbrook would like to hear from you. The city is partnering with Cranbrook Connected, the city’s sustainability committee, and the Cranbrook and District Community Foundation to recognize those who have made an […]

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City making last push to find Sustainable Community Builders


April 29, 2013 – 7:23 pm

Do you know an individual, group, club, agency or society who has made Cranbrook a better, stronger community? If so, the City of Cranbrook would like to hear from you. The city is partnering with Cranbrook Connected, the city’s sustainability committee, and the Cranbrook and District Community Foundation to recognize those who have made an […]

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MP believes federal help possible for shelter

March 25, 2013 – 4:20 pm

The homeless shelter project that has been front and centre with Cranbrook’s Salvation Army the past few years is in good stead for federal government assistance, stated Kootenay-Columbia MP David Wilks last night (April 8). Kootenay-Columbia MP David Wilks Speaking to City of Cranbrook council about highlights in the recently released federal budget, Wilks said he […]

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Kootenay Granite Stone Soup Challenge

 It started with a need.

Marc and Doug

There is a need in Cranbrook, B.C., to feed people. There is a need to build a homeless shelter for men, women, children, and families throughout the East Kootenay. And there is a need to bring financial sustainability to non-profits in our community.

It was out those needs, the Kootenay Granite Stone Soup Challenge was born.

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The Kootenay Granite Stone Soup Challenge is based on the stone soup fable, in which a hungry traveller comes to a village and asks residents for food. No one has anything to give him, so he goes to the river, scoops water into a pot and begins boiling a stone. A passerby asks what he is cooking, and offers to contribute a small ingredient. Eventually everyone in town brings something for the stone soup pot, and the result is a community feast.

Similar to the fable, our Stone Soup challenge started with a stone. Our stone was the title sponsorship from a local business: Kootenay Granite.

Then the culinary community jumped in with contributions.

Seven community-minded chefs from top restaurants in Cranbrook and Kimberley took part in a series of head-to-head competitions at the Salvation Army soup kitchen, each preparing a daily soup using only the donated ingredients on hand. The Salvation Army clients sampled each soup and voted for their favourite. The winning chef moved on to the next round. The Kootenay Granite Stone Soup Challenge took place during the last two weeks of February, and first week of March – when hot soup helps to combat the lingering Rocky Mountain chill.

The two chef finalists faced-off at an exciting public luncheon fundraiser March 4, 2015, at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort in Cranbrook. More than 175 people attended the daytime fundraiser to enjoy the soup feast. The Stone Soup Challenge raised nearly $12,000 in support of the Salvation Army in their efforts to build a 24/7 shelter in Cranbrook for homeless men, women, and families throughout the East Kootenay, as well as the Cranbrook and District Community Foundation (CDCF) general endowment fund, which provides annual grants to non-profit organizations in the community.

It was a wonderful success. Not only did the Stone Soup challenge raise money for two very important causes, but it raised awareness about poverty, food security, homelessness, and the work of the Cranbrook and District Community Foundation. It convened the community around local issues of importance.

It was also a ton of fun.

During the five elimination rounds held at the soup kitchen, Salvation Army clients were engaged, excited, and played an essential role in the event, critiquing each soup and deciding which acclaimed chef moved on to the next round. Those luncheons were very special for everyone. Chefs had a blast, and media coverage was extensive. There was dancing and smack-talk, playful soup sabotage and laughter. The positive tone continued, and grew more powerful, at the grand finale public luncheon fundraiser.

The Kootenay Granite Stone Soup Challenge mirrored the stone soup fable in many ways: everyone in the community contributed a little, and then celebrated together with a collaborative feast. Nearly all of the food for the final event was donated, ensuring that 100 per cent of the proceeds from ticket sales went towards the fundraiser. Businesses stepped up with event sponsorship and silent auction items. Chef’s donated their talent and time, and were each backed by their restaurant with $500. Community leaders and dignitaries participated in the final event as celebrity guest judges. And more than 175 residents from Cranbrook and Kimberley bought tickets, many at the higher ticket price, to the grand finale luncheon to sample the soups of the two chef finalists.

The crowd buzzed with energy and conversation as they enjoyed the soup creations, and tables seemed to be equally divided between the rosemary chicken soup and beef vegetable soup with cabbage. In the end, the latter reigned supreme.

The Kootenay Granite Stone Soup Challenge did not focus on what was still needed, or how far we had to go to get it, but celebrated what was achieved, and the unique role that everyone in the community played to accomplish it. Four Salvation Army clients who took part in the event from the very beginning attended the final luncheon, and sat next to some of Cranbrook’s most influential leaders. Babies and toddlers happily mingled and giggled amongst the suit-and-tie corporate crowd. The final luncheon brought together the elderly, wealthy, and working class; it connected politicians, academics, caregivers, stay-at-home moms, tradesman, business owners, the non-profit sector, and students. It made room for all those in between.

Everyone was included. Everyone was inspired.

Everyone left full.


Putting a Roof over the Heads of the Homeless

With our partner the Salvation Army, and guidance from a coalition of community advisors, the Foundation is actively engaged in the efforts to build a 24/7 shelter in Cranbrook, which will support homeless men, women, and families throughout the East Kootenay.

We have applied for and received pre-development dollars and have begun the work necessary to get to the construction stage. The Foundation will issue tax deductible receipts for the building stage of the project and encourages in-kind donation and sweat equity. Please contact us!

 


Key City Gymnastics Building Healthy Futures

A partnership between the Foundation and the Key City Gymnastics Club is the first of its kind for the Foundation.

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The Foundation cannot give directly to Sports Groups which are not charities but through a very specific legal arrangement with The National Sports Trust Fund and Sports BC the Foundation can issue tax deductible receipts on behalf of the project. Sports Groups interested in knowing how this arrangement works should contact the Foundation’s Executive Director.