June 5 2020

Hello to all our Valued Volunteers, Donors, Customers and Donees:

We are ready to announce our opening dates - thanks for your patience!

The store will start to accept donations again on June 14th.

Please note that donations are accepted on Sundays only between 9am-3pm.

Please read the donation Protocol under "Volunteers & Donations section"

The store will re-open for shopping on July 2nd. Our new opening hours are:

Thu 10am-4pm Fri/Sat  noon-3pm.

First Wed of every month is open noon-3pm for Seniors only (> 65 yo).

We are looking forward to seeing you again!

The Invermere Thrift Store Staff​

May 28 2020

Hello to all our Valued Volunteers, Donors, Customers and Donees:

As we are soon planning to re-open the Thrift Store for shopping and donations, the safety of our volunteers and customers is our top priority.

We are in the planning stages to make sure you can shop, donate and volunteer with confidence at the Invermere Thrift Store.

We know the Thrift Store has an important role to play in our community, especially in these unsettling times.

We look forward to providing affordable items to our community and provide community connections while maintaining appropriate distance.

Further information on dates coming soon. At the moment the store is still closed and we still don't accept donations.

We appreciate your understanding and patience and your continued good health.

Sam Monfee 


Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Society

March 15 2020 

Hello to all our Valued Volunteers, Donors, Customers and Donees:

It has been a difficult decision for the Executives to reach. However, on examination of all the recent events that are occurring, the decision has been reached to close the Invermere Thrift Store as of March 15, 2020.

We are a vulnerable population. That is, most of our volunteers are in the age category of vulnerability.

In order to ensure the safety and health of everyone, we have reached the decision to close the store.

The store will remain closed until further notice. When a decision will be reached to re-open, we will make an announcement. 

Outbreaks spread exponentially!! We as an Auxiliary must do our part. To protect our members and also to protect the public.

We appreciate your understanding and patience and your continued good health.

Sam Monfee 


Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Society



The Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Society is a registered charitable organization with over 150 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, Friday and Saturday 10am to 4pm. It is also open on the first Wednesday afternoon of each month for Senior's Day 1pm to 3pm. ***see new hours due to Covid19 under the Opening Hours section***

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 2018 alone, Invermere Health Care Auxiliary donated $450,000 for the care, comfort, safety and medical needs of our community. Since 2001, we have donated $2,276,151. 

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.



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:


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


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


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. 


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


The Invermere Ladies Hospital Auxiliary opened the Invermere Thrift Store. 


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.


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


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. 


The Hospital Auxiliary expanded the Thrift Store.


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


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


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



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 per shift every 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 contact us by email or phone, or drop in to the store during opening hours. You can also download the volunteer form and pre-fill it with your application. We welcome volunteers 14 years old and above.

15-16 year old volunteers need to volunteer with a supervising adult.



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. 

You may drop off your donation at any time, however, we encourage you to do so between 10am to 4pm as these are the times when the donation area is staffed by our receiving team. 

*** Please see Donations Protocol button for new donation hours and procedures due to Covid19***

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.



Currently, 92 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.



Sam Monfee - President

Edie Elias - Vice President

Wendi Ede - Past President 

June Minaker - Second Vice President

Madelelne Lange - Secretary

Dawna Ortner - Treasurer

Kathy King - Director

Sharon Dean - Director

​Linda Fairhart - Director

Elections for a new BOD will take place July 27th 2020. We are still looking to fill in the Treasurer position. 

The time commitment for this position will be approximately 5 hours per week, supervising the external Accounting Technician and the internal Administrative Assistant. This role is for a 2 year term.

For further information please contact: Wendi Ede at 250-342-6348;  wendi_pooh@hotmail.com      



These are the health care organizations who benefit from our funding

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These are the community organizations who benefit from our funding

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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. In 2019, 6 students were selected and received $1000 each from this scholarship.   

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


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. In 2019, 6 students were selected and received $2000 each from this scholarship.   

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


Antique Shop

Specialty Items

Specialty items are sold online through our Facebook Page



Come Visit Us!

Thu 10am-4pm

Fri noon-3pm

Sat noon-3pm

The first Wed of every month is opened noon-3pm for Seniors over 65 only

*** 2020/21 Xmas/New Year Holiday Closure  - to be updated in October 2020 ***





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

(250) 342-5552


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