COTR Trades construct ice huts for the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser

Students in the College of the Rockies' nine-week Trades program are building two ice fishing huts to donate to the the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life, with help and donations from the Home Renovation Centre and Invermere's RONA.

  • Feb. 23, 2011 6:00 p.m.

What had been a simple conversation in his office has now turned into an official project.On February 21, the Introduction to Trades student program at the College of the Rockies (COTR) headed out to the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce to construct two “top-end” ice fishing huts to be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life for use as a fundraiser, with donations and assistance from the Home Renovation Centre and Invermere’s RONA.“[The project] came off a discussion I had in my office last week,” said Doug Clovechok, campus manager at COTR.Introduction to Trades is a COTR program that is open to the public and to high school and other education program students. The nine-week program prepares students for basic trades, with a number of certificates awarded after completion, pertaining to such things as traffic control, forklift operation, transportation, WHIMIS, and many more.“We try to do community projects when we can,” said Colleen Weatherhead, administrative co-ordinator at COTR. “This year we’ve painted the Chamber of Commerce and raised three beds in partnership with greenhouse, which was a carpentry project.”The Introduction to Trades students will not be alone in this ice fishing hut endeavour. The Home Renovation Centre will be donating time and labour to assist with the project, and RONA will be donating materials.The Home Renovation Centre has worked with several COTR program projects over the years. The centre’s owner, David Ridge, was also assisting and teaching students with his team during the chamber painting project.“Young people in the Valley need a good start, and we do what we can to provide and help them get the skills they need,” said Ridge. “We’ve received very positive feedback from the college [for our assistance]. We try to let the students understand that they have the tools and the skills to empower them and create a positive experience. We hope to continue offering help in the future with the program and community.”“We’re supplying lumber, plywood and shingles for the project, among other materials,” said Leo Bukovnik, manager at RONA. “We also donate a forklift for forklift training every year for the college program. The community needs support, I’m a long-time resident, the Valley has treated me well and I love it here,” said Bukovnik of the reasons for RONA’s donation. “Projects are good things.”“There’s got to be a different way to get students out in the community,” said Clovechok. “These projects give them lots of really good opportunity to get out there, but also learn.”

Just Posted

The end of an Echo
The end of an Echo

Invermere Valley Echo shuts down operations in Columbia Valley

Creating a new narrative for Canal Flats

Economic development consultant hired, lists vision for next 90 days

Princeton wildfire phots courtesy of Debbie Lyon.
UPDATE: Crews battle as wildfires rage in B.C. Interior

Crews brace for another day on B.C. firelines as no let up is likely

VIDEO: B.C. wildfires by the numbers
VIDEO: B.C. wildfires by the numbers

Wildfires continue to engulf regions of B.C.’s forests and communities.

Aerial view south of Williams Lake Friday afternoon shows dry lightning storm passing over, leaving fire starts behind. Lightning sparked more than 100 new fires Friday. (Black Press)
VIDEO: More than 180 wildfires burning across B.C.

Firefighters from other provinces called in to assist

DTSS Grad March 2017
DTSS Grad March 2017

DTSS Grad March 2017

59 cats seized in Chase
59 cats seized in Chase

59 neglected and injured cats were seized from a property in Chase

(Flickr/Andreas Eldh)
Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dead at age 52

The singer/songwriter passed away early Thursday morning in Detroit

Paying tribute to a primeval passage
Paying tribute to a primeval passage

Uninterrupted celebrates the Adams River sockeye run in an extraordinary way.

UPDATE: Pemberton Music Festival cancelled, no automatic refunds
UPDATE: Pemberton Music Festival cancelled, no automatic refunds

In the past, the music festival located in Pemberton drew large crowds last year of 180,000 fans

Photo by: WeissPaarz.com
Medical wait times cost B.C. patients $2,300 each

New Fraser Institute report places B.C. at second worst in costs associated with long wait times

UPDATE: 22 killed at Ariana Grande concert
UPDATE: 22 killed at Ariana Grande concert

Witnesses reported hearing two loud bangs coming from near the arena’s bars at about 10:35 p.m.

A university study finds that about nine per cent of Canada’s Grade 11 and 12 students – roughly 66,000 teens – have driven within an hour of drinking and 9.4 per cent drove after using marijuana.                                 Photo: Now-
Leader file
One in three Canadian high school students have rode with drinking drivers, study reveals

Nearly one in five rode with a driver who’d been smoking pot

Top court to hear federal government’s appeal on residential school records
Top court to hear federal government’s appeal on residential school records

A lower court judge ruled to destroy the stories after 15 years unless consent is given to preserve

Most Read