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& THE INVERMERE THRIFT STORE

 

ABOUT

The Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Society is a registered charitable organization with over 130 volunteers, who are dedicated to raising funds for the improvement and enhancement of the Health Care in the Columbia Valley. This Auxiliary is known for its commitment to health care in the District of East Kootenay.


The Auxiliary is able to raise funds through the Invermere Thrift Store which is located right on the main street of Invermere (7th Ave). Since 1977, the Thrift Store started recycling, reusing and re-purposing donated goods. Over the years, the Society has raised many hundreds of thousands of dollars for equipment and patient comfort, working tirelessly to strengthen health initiatives in the Columbia Valley.

The Invermere Thrift Store operates 7 days a week! That's right - the Auxiliary volunteers are at the store each day of the week. On average, over 27,000 volunteer hours are donated each year. These hard working women and men are sorting and pricing the donated items and placing the items for sale on the store's shelves.

The Invermere Thrift Store is open for business Thursday from 10am to 4pm and Friday/Saturday from 10am to 2pm. It is also open on the first Wednesday afternoon of each month for Senior's Day 12-3pm. 

Specialty items are sold through our Facebook page.

The Thrift Store is able to provide these incredible services to the Columbia Valley residents through our volunteers, without them, we would simply cease to exist. 

In 2019-20 alone, Invermere Health Care Auxiliary donated $389,000 for the care, comfort, safety and medical needs of our community. Since 2001, we have donated $2,666,034

We, the volunteers, members, and the people in our community (who are generously donating all the goods that we are selling) really make a difference!

Enjoy browsing our website to learn more about our history, our funding, our volunteers and much more.

 
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HISTORY

The Invermere Health Care Auxiliary began in the early 1900s. At that time, it was an informal group of ladies, who saw a need in this small community and began volunteering together to raise money to support the local health care. Some of the early ways to raise funds were through selling donated items, sponsoring teas and hosting dinners.

By the 1960s, the ladies found new ways to raise funds, including: making and selling quilts, sewing baby clothing, selling hot chocolate on a cold day at the lake and starting the tradition of The Thrift Store Fashion Show.


Most of the donated items were stored in the Auxiliary members homes. Operations constantly required moving these items, which created extra work for the ladies and made the fundraising process more difficult.

The Auxiliary ladies began to yearn for a place where all the items could be stored in one location, a place where the valley residents knew they could find items at a good price.

In 1976, the search for a rental space began and in 1977, the Auxiliary ladies started operating the very first Invermere Thrift Store, in the lower level of the Lambert Kipp building.

The Thrift Store grew and in 2001 relocated to the lower level of the Leo Kienitz building. This new space benefited from having a back entrance, in addition to the store's main entrance, which made it easier for people in the community to donate items. 

Through the years, with the growing amount of donations, the Auxiliary members were concerned about the lack of space for sorting and  displaying the donated goods. The sorting often took place on the ramp, at the back of this location, and occurred outside of the building. This was particularly difficult during the cold winter months. In addition, there was no space to take a rest during a busy shift, and so the Executives of the Auxiliary began, once again, to look for a more suitable location.

On August 15th 2014 , the Executives of the Auxiliary were successful in the purchase of the lower level of the building located at 1229 7th Ave. The purchase of this property enabled the Invermere Thrift Store to expend considerably with more square footage, a ramp for dropping off donations, and enough space to allow for sorting inside the building. The purchase and ownership of this property requires ongoing cooperation and communication between the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Society and Green Andruschuk LLP, who are located on the upper level.

After substantial renovations, the Invermere Thrift Store had a grand opening on Thursday, November 13th 2014.

One of the main benefits of the new location, at the lower level of 1229 7th Ave, is that those people who have mobility challenges are now able to have accessibility to shop in a space that has main street access without any stairs.


After considerable renovations in 2014 and further renovations in the spring of 2019, the Invermere Thrift Store now provides shoppers with a large and bright space and a welcoming atmosphere. Our customers are now able to have a cheerful experience as they browse the large selection of good quality gently-used clothing, housewares, paintings, adult books, kids books, toys, linen and much much more.

The following is a timeline:

1910

The Invermere Ladies Auxiliary of the Windermere District Hospital was formed.

1914

Through fundraising, the Ladies Auxiliary fully equipped the New Windermere District Hospital 

1956

The Invermere Junior Ladies Hospital Aid to the Windermere District Hospital was formed. Its purpose was to absorb the younger ladies in the community and to assist the Senior Ladies Aid.  Over the years, separate Auxiliaries were formed in Windermere, Edgewater, Brisco and Fairmont. The Senior Ladies Aid disbanded in 1956, and donated all of its funds for purchasing of ambulance and equipment to the maternity and pediatric wards. 

1972

The Hospital expanded and the Invermere Auxiliary bought items for the hospital expansion and helped to pay for the new patio.

1977

The Invermere Ladies Hospital Auxiliary opened the Invermere Thrift Store. 

1978

The Invermere Hospital Auxiliary won honorable mention by the Mineral King Mine as the Thrift Store was able to assist employees who lived at the town site located near the Mineral King Mine, as well as employees that lived in the Windermere Valley who commuted to the mine location.

1986

BCAHA presented Invermere Hospital Auxiliary with a recognition award for 75 years of service.

1991

Windermere District Hospital changed its name to Invermere & District Hospital and the Hospital Auxiliary became a Charitable Public Foundation based on direction from the CRA, and filed Tax Returns as a Registered Charity. We were not incorporated as a Society at that time. 

1992

The Hospital Auxiliary expanded the Thrift Store.

1997

The Hospital Auxiliary changed its name to the Health Care Auxiliary.

1998-2010

The name changed to the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary, and all Tax Returns and Charitable Returns were filed under Invermere Health Care Auxiliary.

2014

Incorporated under the BC Society Act, the name changed to the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Society. 

 

 VOLUNTEERS 

The Invermere Thrift Store welcomes volunteers in all of its departments: receiving, sorting, testing, sales, clothing, housewares, crafts, books, linens, online and many more. 


The rewards from volunteering at the store are tremendous. You will feel like you are donating your valuable time and efforts to give back to the community through raising funds to a variety of health related causes. 

In addition, you will enjoy the opportunity to socialize, make new friends and have fun. 

Most of our volunteers work 3 to 6 hours a week. Our key words of awareness as we work with each other are: cooperation, respect and courtesy.


Orientation and training is provided for each new volunteer and any skill set that our volunteers bring with them is an asset. 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please click on the Online Application Link button below and submit your application. For technical support, call us or email us. We can also send you a paper copy of the application to fill if you prefer to submit your application manually. We welcome volunteers 14 years old and above.

14-18 year old volunteers need to volunteer with a supervising adult.

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 DONATIONS

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Our Thrift Store depends on generous donations of new and gently used goods from the community. We welcome donations of clean and good quality clothes, linens, books, toys, housewares, jewelry, cameras, backpacks, strollers and much more. We do not accept large electronic items such as TVs, stoves, refrigerators, microwaves and computers. We also can not take large furniture.  

You may bring your donated items to the bins and the shelves at the back of the Thrift Store. These are easily accessible next to a large parking lot. 


Donations are accepted Wednesdays and Thursdays only from 9am-5pm. We kindly request not to leave any donations on the curb outside these hours. We have limited numbers of volunteers for receiving and sorting and limited store space for storage.

All the donations are subject to quality control standards and are priced at the lowest possible level. We also welcome cash donations (donation receipts provided).

Thank you for your continued support.

 

MEMBERSHIP/ BOD

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Currently, 85 of the Invermere Thrift Store volunteers are also members of the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Society. When you are a member, you have input in the decision making of how the Society operates and how we continue to benefit health care in our community. Our members are eligible to vote on bylaws amendments, policy changes, the annual store operation budget, and other special resolutions. Members are also entitled to serve on the Board of Directors, and function as Department Team Leads. All members are expected to attend at least one Society Meeting each year. The Annual General Meeting of the Society occurs in June each year, and is a fun evening that includes a fabulous dinner. This meeting counts towards the one meeting per year requirement. Currently, membership dues are $10 per year and are collected between September and November of each year, for membership the following year.

Board of Directors 

Corinne Tansowny - President

Seona Helmer - Vice President

Madelene Lange - Secretary

Marion Labrie - Treasurer

Myra  Abstreiter - Director

Linda Herbert - Director

Kim Sylvestre - Director

 

HEALTH CARE FUNDING

These are the health care and community organizations who benefit from our funding

*** Click on the logo/picture to access the organization's web page ***

 
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INVERMERE & DISTRICT HOSPITAL

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EAST KOOTENAY REGIONAL HOSPITAL

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GOLDEN AND DISTRICT HOSPITAL

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EAST KOOTENAY FOUNDATION FOR HEALTH

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COLUMBIA HOUSE

COMMUNITY 
FUNDING

These are the community organizations who benefit from our funding

*** Click on the logo/picture to access the organization's web page ***

Disclaimer: Under the rules of the Canada Revenue Agency, the IHCAS can only donate to qualified donees. A qualified donee is a registered charity with a board of directors, or a governing body.

In the past, under certain conditions, the CRA enabled us to fund health-care related projects by organizations that are not a registered charity. In most cases, these were non-profit organizations. 

 
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STARS AIR AMBULANCE

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HOSPICE SOCIETY OF THE COLUMBIA VALLEY

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FAMILY DYNAMIX

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INVERMERE FIRE RESCUE

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COLUMBIA VALLEY SEARCH AND RESCUE

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COLUMBIA HOUSE ENHANCEMENT SOCIETY

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN SCHOOL DISTRICT # 6

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INVERMERE SPECIAL OLYMPICS

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DISTRICT OF INVERMERE

SCHOLARSHIPS

 
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DAVID THOMPSON SECONDARY SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP

We offer scholarships for David Thompson Secondary School graduates who are enrolled in a post secondary education program in a health related field.


The Auxiliary has a defined amount available for scholarships. Scholarship amounts vary each year depending on the number of successful applicants. Typically, the amount is between $1000-$2000 per student.

Future students, please look for the advertisement in the June issue of the Columbia Pioneer Newspaper.

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POST SECONDARY SCHOLARSHIP

We offer this scholarship to students who are enrolled in a post secondary education program in a health related field.


The Auxiliary has a defined amount available for scholarships. Scholarship amounts vary each year depending on the number of successful applicants. Typically, the amount is between $1000-$2000 per student.

Future students, please look for the advertisement in the June issue of the Columbia Pioneer Newspaper.

ONLINE SALES

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Specialty Items

Specialty items are sold online through our Facebook Page

 

OPENING HOURS

Come Visit Us!

Store Opening Hours 

Thu 10am-4pm 

Fri 10am-2pm

Sat 10am-2pm 

The first Wed of every month is open noon-3pm for Seniors only (>55 yo).

Donation Acceptance Hours (at the back of the store):

Wednesday/Thursday 9am-5pm

*** please do not leave donations on the sidewalk outside of the above hours ***

 
 

PHOTOS FROM THE INVERMERE THRIFT STORE

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GET IN TOUCH

1229 7th Ave, Invermere,
PO Box 571
BC V0A 1K0, Canada

(250) 342-5552

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COME WORK WITH US

Sales Associate

The Invermere Thrift Store is seeking a motivated individual to work in our retail Thrift Store.  This fun and fast paced retail sales environment is within a large and vibrant volunteer organization.


Duties include working in retail sales including cash, packing of merchandise and general store duties.   You should be comfortable interacting with the public and people of all ages.   Previous sales experience is an asset.


Hours of work: 9:30am to 4:30pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday


Salary: $16.00-$18.00 per hour


                 Please send resume and cover letter to ihcasAP@outlook.com or submit the form below.

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THRIFT STORE MANAGER

The Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Society operates a vibrant Thrift Store.  The proceeds contribute to a wide variety of health-related service, equipment and scholarships in Invermere and the region. We provide our community with a fun and economical shopping experience and aid our community in the recycling of goods.


We are developing a team to work with our extensive network of volunteers in the efficient and effective operation of our Thrift Store.  If you are a self-starter, creative thinker and want to work with this dynamic community organization, this position may be of interest to you.  As Thrift Store Manager, you will be required to work approximately 30 hours per week.  Work hours are flexible but as our store is open from Thursday through Saturday, these will be your primary days of work.  Salary is competitive and dependent upon experience.


The Thrift Store Manager reports to the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Society Executive.  Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:


  • Implementation of Thrift Store policies and procedures while working in collaboration with Thrift Store volunteers, staff and students

  • Responsible for the daily planning and management of Thrift Store operations

  • Maintaining high standards of quality, neatness, safety and service in the Thrift Store

  • Instilling a productive and harmonious atmosphere

  • Practicing effective communication with customers, volunteers and staff

  • Working with team leads, volunteers, staff and students

  • Executing efficient and effective operation of the Thrift Store

  • Ensuring and maintaining a level of safe operation within the Thrift Store

  • Ensuring effective communication with the Executive, general membership, team leaders, customers and volunteers through efficient and effective record-keeping


Requirements:

  • Proven supervisory/management experience

  • Excellent time-management skills and ability to prioritize work

  • Attention to detail and problem-solving skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong organizational and planning skills

  • 3 years’ experience in retail store management or a related area

  • High school diploma or equivalent/post-secondary preferred

  • A comprehensive list of duties and responsibilities is available upon request

  • Please send resume and cover letter to ihcasap@outlook.com 

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