The Fernie Heritage Restoration Society About Us
Fernie Heritage Cemetery - St. Margaret’s Cemetery .

While involved in the Elk Valley and South Country Health Care Coalition and its New Horizons Project members of the Health Care Coalition found that the seniors and community at large were interested in working to revitalize the Fernie Heritage Cemetery. The data gathering by seniors was the seed that initiated the restoration project. Community support and interest was achieved. The New Horizons Federal grant of $25,000 was used to attain collect, correlate, locate data on internees, locate and update maps and find the names of internees of over 1875 unmarked graves and photograph approximately 850 headstones of approximately 4000 burial sites.

To continue with the restoration and data gathering it was deemed necessary to form a non-profit society. a non-profit society would help us qualify for grant monies to continue the Fernie Heritage Cemetery Restoration project. An application was made and on March 26, 2009 the Fernie Heritage Cemetery Restoration Society was born. The Certificate of Incorporation under the Society Act S-54881 mandates a constitution that outlines the Society's purpose and goals. The Restoration Society's constitution states.

"the general purpose is to involve community members and organizations in a multi-phase, multi-year project to restore the Fernie Heritage Cemetery."

Specific goals are:
  • To clean straighten and repair the existing 850 monuments and headstones.
  • To identify the internees of 1875 unmarked graves and ultimately to provide markers for these grave sites.
  • To establish and updated interactive website with pictures, map and information on internees.
  • To place markers on the unmarked graves to give proper identification.
  • An additional project involves helping Legion Branch #36 to replace substandard grave stones with Department of Veteran Affairs standard military headstones.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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