About Us

CFNKLS Response to the Current Health Crisis

The  CFNKLS Board of Directors has cancelled our AGM scheduled for June 1st, at the Langham until such time when public gatherings can be justified as presenting minimal further risks for spreading the covid-19 pandemic now in progress. (The Langham is currently closed in any event, projected to last at least through the end of June.)

Our Board will, however, be carrying on its work, adjudicating and awarding grants as usual during this time of year. Unanticipated needs for grant support may make it necessary for CFNKLS to change its granting priorities and protocols somewhat.

We will eventually need to call an AGM, if only to elect new directors, later this summer. Our tentative plan, however, is to post our Treasurer’s Report and our President’s report for the past year in advance of that AGM.

The North Kootenay Lake communities are already creating various new means for helping those who are being harmed by the necessary restrictions placed on us by the covid-19 pandemic. CFNKLS expects to be helping with such community efforts as well. Thank your for your generous past support.

Barney Gilmore, Secretary


The Community Fund of North Kootenay Lake Society develops and manages permanent endowment funds from which we make annual grants to local charitable organizations in the communities of North Kootenay Lake.

We were established in 2005 and have endowments of over $1,000,000 which now allow us to make various annual grants totaling $50,000 or more each year.  We operate under the wing of the Osprey Community Foundation in Nelson (Charitable tax# 87492‐5928 RR0001).  Our investments are managed by the Vancouver Foundation, allowing us to benefit from a larger pool of investments.

CFNKLS is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors who live in the communities of North Kootenay Lake.  Our current Board members include:

  • Honora Cooper, President
  • Catherine Whitehead, Vice-President
  • David Stewart, Past President
  • Barney Gilmore, Secretary
  • Aiko Jackson, Treasurer
  • Joe Johnston
  • Donna Butt

You may email CFNKLS at    honoracooper@gmail.com

Most of our funds are invested in our General Endowment Fund which allows us to make grants to a wide range of community groups depending on their needs.  In addition to our general endowment fund, we operate a number of field of interest funds including:

  • Environment Fund
  • Children, Youth and Families Fund
  • Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund
  • Seniors Funds

Our Community Fund was initiated in part by the generous establishment of the McKinnon Family Fund.  This Fund provides an annual bursary for students who have been enrolled in JVH, Selkirk College or a similar educational institution and who plan to go into trades, as well as donations to the Kaslo and District Public Library and to the Victorian Community Health Center of Kaslo.