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About Trail FAIR Society

Trail Family and Individual Resource Centre (Trail F.A.I.R. Society) has been offering free, confidential, professional services for members of the community since 1977.  We are a non-profit agency and a fully registered CRA Charity.  We are proud to offer 18 different programs from 5 separate service locations

Here's what's new:

   We're on FACEBOOK.  Trail FAIR Society, Building Beautiful Babies, Fruitvale StrongStart and CCRR program have pages.  Check them out for more news...photos...schedules, etc.

Looking to phone someone at our Columbia Ave location?  We've had a glitch with our voicemail system recently & it's a bit tough to navagate at the moment.  Click here to see a list of the staff and voice mailboxes numbers, which will make it easier to connect with various programs.  Thanks for your patience while we get this worked out. :-)

Summer Schedules: Some of our programs & groups close or have revised schedules during the summer:
~Building Beautiful Babies (Pregnancy Outreach) - last day Tues June 30 at Gyro Park, will re-start Tues Sept 8 at the church. Click here to view a list of on-going events in the Greater Trail area.
~CORE Preschool - finished at the end of May, will re-start in early October (call in Sept to pre-register)
~Fruitvale StrongStart - finished Thurs June 25, will re-start Tues Sept 8
~Monday Morning CCRR Playroup - Last day June 15, will re-start Sept 14
~Tuesday Woman's Drop-in - will likely continue to run all summer, however you are welcome to call to confirm each week.
~ The Advocacy Centre staff from Nelson - will be back in the our office for bi-weekly appoitments as of Monday Aug 31st.
~Most programs at the Main Office continue to be staffed, but contact them directly to confirm their hours
~The West Kootenay Boundary Crisis & Information Line and WINS Transition house continue to be staffed 24/7 throughout the summer. 

Mudderella-Bound!  Looking forward to cheering on a brave group of diverse, fun-loving women - many of who are FAIR staff & volunteers - at the 2015 Mudderella in Whistler in September.  Click here to see the photo and article from the Trail Times.

As a fully registered Charitable Non-Profit organization, FAIR is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. We are fortunate to have a vibrant mix of long-standing and new members. Many thanks to Wake, Rob, Rae, Giselle, Eleanor & Karen for dedicating themselves to the organization.  If you would like more information on what the Board does, feel free to ask any of these folks, or contact our Executive Director, Gail Lavery. 

Thanks to the Trail FAIR Crisis Line's collaboration with the Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice, a skilled webmaster and additional funding from the Columbia Basin Trust, our Community Resources Directory now has a brand new website - Kootenay Boundary FETCH - offering a much improved search capacity and containing all the listings previously found in the old Community Services Directory. At KB FETCH, we are in the process of updating the information from the old Directory, and once that is complete (by the end of June at the latest) we will be adding additional listings of services and resources of interest to residents of the region. Here's the link to KB FETCH: kb.fetchbc.ca . Have a look and let us know what you think: admin@kb.fetchbc.ca


Did you know that....the Advocacy Centre is in our Columbia Ave location in Trail on alternate Mondays?  An advocate is generally in the office on alternate Mondays and can provide information on:
~ Welfare & Poverty Advocacy
~ Landlord/Tenant advocacy
~ Family Law & Child Protection information
Calling ahead to their main office in Nelson for an appointment - 1-877-352-5777  - is highly recommended, as they cannot always accommodate drop-ins.  They are also in Castlegar on alternate Thursdays.  Click here to see a full schedule for both locations.

~Many thanks to everyone who came out to support International Women's Day events, including the two screenings of "Wonder Women - The Untold Story of American Superheroines" , and an event highlighting the 2013 "African Grandmothers Tribunal".   

~Thanks to everyone who everyone who made the Vagina Monologues such a success again this year.  Hats off to the Columbia Peonix Players for engaging the community in this important issue and choosing FAIR as the recipient of the Proceeds.

~Many thanks to all our many donors - Three cheers to our local Guillevin International retailer for helping us ensure safe spaces for FAIR employees and visitors.

~Thank you toTrail Shopper's Drug Mart for identifying FAIR as the recipient of this year's "Tree of Life" campaign in October 2014.  The funds raised will have a direct, meaningful impact on the lives of local women.

~Thanks to everyone for making McHappy Day 2014 such a success!  Extra special appreciation goes out to McDonald's in Trail for choosing FAIR to be their designated charity for this year's community fundraising event.  

~Thank you to all the caring individuals, families, companies and groups who continue to donate funds to keep our programs running.  We are now able to securely accept financial donations on-line and through the KSCU "Change It!" program, as well as through the United Way and or our Main Office locations.  Check out our Donations page for more info. FAIR is a registered charity in full compliance with Canada Revenue Agency's Charities Directorate.  Click here to be taken to a CRA page where you can view our current and recent "charities return" information.

~They're Back!  Just in time for gift-giving, our popular "Passport to the Kootenays" coupon books are back.  These are a fabulous buy - plenty of awesome "2-for1 coupons", a deep discounts & useful freebies!  These are also an important fundraiser for our Agency, helping us provide practical necessities for families in the community.   Passport books are available at a variety of retailers in the region, as well as the FAIR main office. 

~Now in its third year, The Woman's Drop-in at the "Little House" is getting bigger and better.  Drop in to the little house beside Star Grocery on Rossland Ave any Tuesday between 1pm and 3pm for: coffee... conversation... clothing swap...and more!

~We've painted!  We recently scraped and re-painting the beige panels on the front of our Columbia Ave building and hope to refresh the brown wooden sections soon.  A huge thank you goes out to the generous local retailers and contractor who made this project possible. Even our resident roses are pleased with the refreshed surroundings!
~ We are thrilled to announce that our "Enhancing Learning Enviornments Project" has received funding through the Columbia Basin Trust.  The communities of Beaver Vallley, Trail, Rossland and Warfield approved a total of $4,167.00 to purchase much-needed educational and furniture items for our Building Beautiful Babies program.  Check back soon for photos of these items in use.

~  A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped out with the purchase and installation of the new flooring in the Trail United Church.  Koodos to: Maglio's Building Centre, Trail Area Health and Environment Program, Trail United Church and all the volunteers and workers at the Food Bank who worked with our CCRR and Bright Beginnings programs to help provide a clean, refreshed space for the community to share.  

~DID YOU KNOW... that FAIR produces a number of Service Directories for various communities in the West Kootenay/Boundary region??  The information in these directories is FREE to the public.  And our Senior's Directories have just been updated! and now include specific versions for 6 different communities!   Click the links in the top menu bar to check out these resources.

~Many people have emergency Medical first aid training (CPR) but would you know what to do in a Mental Health emergency?  Our MHAPS program is once again offering Mental Health First Aid Training in January 2014.  The link to the left will take you to a WORD document about our January event, or you can check out the Mental Health Commission of Canada's website for more info.

~The West Kootenay Boundary Crisis Line is pleased to roll out their new Suicide Prevention Website which can be found at westkootenaysuicideprevention.org/. Check it out for tips, resources and other great information. 

~ New Crisis Line Service and number: 1-888-353-CARE (2273) - There is a new network of 5 Crisis Lines - Including FAIR's West Kootenay Boundary Crisis Line - which are now working together to better serve the entire Interior Health Region.  Most local callers will still talk with a local crisis line worker, but if the line is already busy, calls will be routed to another crisis line which will have all the training and information necessary to properly serve the caller. 

~ "Reaching Out" workshops are now booking 2015 dates in area schools.  Click  here for more details.    

~Our Clothesline Project Lunches  continue to be a great success. Many, many people from all walks of life came out to grab lunch and view the powerful display of hand-painted T-Shirts created by local women to reflect their experience of violence & their desire for an abuse free community. Many, Many thanks to Ferraro Foods for their gracious assistance. 

~FAIR was recently presented the Trail 2011 Family Friendly Employer award by the Success by 6 Committee!  Thanks to all our employees to nominated our agency!



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