Local currency to hit Kootenay streets

Community Dollars (C$), will hit streets across the Columbia Basin on Earth Day, April 22, with local coordinators in Kimberley, Nelson, and Fernie paving the way right now, answering questions and building support.

Community Dollars (C$), will hit streets across the Columbia Basin on Earth Day, April 22, with local coordinators in Kimberley, Nelson, and Fernie paving the way right now, answering questions and building support.

Robert Strutin, the Nelson Creative Director for IMU Studios, recently completed designs for denominations of C$1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 notes.

“Thanks to the amazing photographs submitted in our contest, we ended up with natural, beautiful notes that are filled with our region’s iconic visual energy,” Strutin said.

Local Coordinators have been speaking with businesses, community groups and individuals about C$ for several months and report that they’ve received strong support.

One of Kimberley’s coordinators, Chris Vassallo, said: “The response we’re getting from business owners in Kimberley has been incredible.”

To ensure communities are ready to use C$, local coordinators around the region have scheduled both online and community-based sessions throughout March and April.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Online sessions will take place from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. on March 10, 22, and 29, and on April 7 and 12. Space is limited and registration is encouraged.

To learn more about Community Dollars, including details of the face-to-face workshops planned for Kimberley, Fernie and Nelson starting on March 8, visit www.communitydollars.ca.

You may also access Rossland News coverage of the local currency initiative and how it actually works in the Jan. 27 edition, online at www.rosslandnews.com.

Look to the very bottom right of the page for full PDFs of print editions from 2011.