Building Community on Giving Tuesday For most of us, 2020 has been an unprecedented year of uncertainty, change, and isolation. From work layoffs to cancelled family reunions, festivals, and community events, we have been forced to change the way we spend our time and our dollars. Covid-19 and it’s challenges have highlighted the importance of reaching out to those in the community adversely affected and isolated by the disease, to make a real and profound difference in their lives. On December 1st, (the first Tuesday of December after Black Friday), the 8th annual Giving Tuesday event occurs, a global movement which celebrates and encourages acts of giving, on whatever level that individuals, businesses, charities, and community groups can offer. Whether it’s volunteering time, talent, emotional support, or a donation to a local charity, Giving Tuesday provides a platform to turn feelings of helplessness into acts of empowerment and connection, and bring about real change in our communities. This year, more than ever, we are called upon to make a difference. You can find more information on resources and ideas to contribute to the Giving Tuesday movement,at

The application window for The Emergency Community Support Fund is now closed. This was a $350 million emergency funding program from the Government of Canada to Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), and The Red Cross, designed to help Canada’s more vulnerable populations during the Covid-19 pandemic. The global crisis has left no community untouched, and it is having a disproportionate impact on vulnerable Canadians who are less equipped to deal with its health, social and economic impacts. CFNKLS was awarded $8,000 in the first round, and $4,200 in the second round. Funding was rewarded to communities in the RDCK of North Kootenay Lake (Kaslo and area) to the following recipients: 

  • First Round of Funding (Spring, 2020)
  • North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society – $6,000
  • Victorian Hospital Kaslo Auxiliary Society – $2,000
  • Second Round of Emergency Funding (Autumn, 2020)
  • Lardeau Valley Historical Society (for Lardeau Valley Community Club re: Septic system) – $3,000
  • North Kootenay Lake Community Servicees Society for Community Connections for Kaslo Seniors during Covid-19 extended – $1,200


RBC Future Launch Community Challenge

CFNKLS is excited to announce the recipient of the RBC Future Launch Community Challenge! Thanks to a $5,000,000 donation from the RBC Foundation, a registered charity, RBC has committed to empower Canadian youth for the jobs of tomorrow. The program is designed to provide opportunities for youth-led projects which include community change projects, and which help to build new skills, community connections, and experience for youth. The 2019 grant recipient for the area that CFNKLS services is the North Kootenay Lake community Services Society, specifically Kaslo and Up the Lake Youth Network. They received $5000. The youth chose to celebrate, with input from the Village of Kaslo, the first Pride Parade in Kaslo. The sidewalk at 4th Avenue and Front Street has been painted a rich mix of colours.

The CFNKLS Board is Proud to have supported KULYN’s application for the RBC grant, that made this wonderful project possible in our beautiful community. Congratulations to Tatum Hearne and the Kaslo Pride Committee for spearheading this celebration of diversity!

The celebration took place on August 29th, later than the usual June date due to the Covid-19 situation.



Congratulations to this year’s Treasure Finder, Heather Steinmann! She has chosen to donate this year’s treasure to the Kaslo Hospice Society.


Covid-19 Emergency Fund Recipients 2020

NKLCSS,$6000 and VHKAS, $2000


Recognition and Celebration of

Youth Philanthropy in Kaslo and Area D

CFNKLS celebrates youth philanthropy

On November 15, 2018 seven local (Kaslo and Area D) youth celebrated youth philanthropy over pizza in a local restaurant. The youth, ages 12 – 18 were nominated for their involvement and volunteerism. Their activities include fundraising, helping home construction in Mexico, working with seniors, volunteering at the library and food hub, mentoring younger youth, helping at community functions, participating as board members, student trustees or youth liaison and work involving mental health.

The evening started, reflecting on the value of philanthropy when the youth shared their best moments while volunteering and continued with discussions as to what they found inspiring, meaningful and important. They then related those discussions to what they believed are needs in the area that may not be met. These young people discussed topics that were meaningful and passionate to them which included, arts and culture, mentoring initiatives, continuing education, generational bridges, youth involvement/empowerment/self confidence, reduction of poverty and fair distribution of resources, animal welfare, sports and mental health. They then decided how to distribute $500 to local charities including KAAPS (animal welfare), the Langham for youth mentorship in the arts, music or video and the Kaslo Food Hub.

The event, sponsored by the Community Fund of North Kootenay Lake Society (CFNKLS) and facilitated by Shannon Isaac, youth worker with Kaslo and Up the Lake Youth Network (KULYN) was enjoyed by all. The youth also provided suggestions for a few improvements and a hearty recommendation to make this an annual event.

Submitted by Joe Johnston