Investing in a Thriving Community

Board Members

SLawtherSue Lawther

Board Chair, Chair- Jill Ackhurst Social Action Committee, Vital Signs Project Team

Sue is a retired development consultant and certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Together with husband Les, she is the past owner/operation of Whistler Exclusive Properties, Haven Property Managment and Dunhill Real Estate Research. Currently Sue is a Whistler Village Host and member of the Mature Action Community Focus Group.


Scott Pass 2018Scott Pass

Board Vice- Chair, Chair-Marketing and Communications Committee

With over thirty years in the passenger transportation industry, starting as a bus driver when he was twenty years old, Scott has progressed through the ranks of the people transportation industry as Assistant Transit System Manager, Operations Manager, Director and General Manager.

Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Scott moved to Whistler in 1995, where he and his wife Maureen have made their home. Scott is passionate about our community and the many lifestyle opportunities. In addition to his time spent skiing, running and hiking the trails around Whistler, or canoeing at their place at Birkenhead Lake, Scott has been actively involved in various boards and organising sporting events. Scott believes strongly in the mandate of the Community Foundation of Whistler and how legacy funding can benefit people and programs that are critical to ensuring the success of Whistler as an inclusive community.

Jwalker2015John Walker

Treasurer, Chair- Finance and Investment Committee

John Walker is a Chartered Accountant with 42 years of business experience progressing from public accounting and consulting to Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Development roles. He has experience working in Canada, the UK, Australia and the United States for both large and small enterprises. He is a dual citizen of Canada and America. John is currently consulting to several companies primarily in the areas of mergers, acquisitions, partnership formation, and financing.

John moved to Vancouver with his wife and family in 1980 after experiencing a great ski vacation at Whistler. They have been part time or full time Whistler residents since arrival and have owned a home on Alta Lake for 27 years. John has served the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program Society for 9 years as director and treasurer and has been active in sailing, the ski clubs, and weasel working. Volunteerism runs in the family with John's wife Sheila being active in the Rotary village hosting. John is excited by the good work the Community Foundation of Whistler does and hopes to help the society define it role and deliver its objectives.

Rdouglas2015Robin Douglas

Past Chair, Finance and Investment Committee, Executive and Governance Committee, Nominating Committee

Prior to embarking on his career in the financial sector, Robin spent seven years with his head literally in the clouds as a commercial pilot in the high Arctic as well as across Canada and the world.

Robin's finance career began in 1971. In 1979, he was awarded with one of the most prestigious designations in the finance sector- the Fellowship of the Canadian Securities Institute. In 1987, Robin earned the portfolio managers designation and joined a professional money management firm. Robin earned his certificate in Business Family Advising from the Sauder School of Business of the University of British Columbia in the inaugural class of 2009. This unique program delivered theory, strategy, and real life learning that professional family advisors need to help grow a family's business and support the family behind the business.

Robin believes in a strong connection with the community and is a committed Shawnigan Lake School Alumni and advisor to several foundations. He is focused on active work-life balance and in his spare time enjoys improving his personal fitness, fishing and spending time with his wife, three children and twin grandchildren.

Dsmythe2015Deborah Smythe
Chair- Community Grants Committee, Fund Development Committee, Jill Ackhurst Social Action Committee, Chair-Citizen of the Year Selection Committee

Debbie moved "west" to Whistler from Calgary in 1978.   The adventure of moving to Whistler and being part of the transformation of Whistler to a beautiful destination resort enjoyed by both locals and guests has been a wonderful and impactful experience. Deborah worked in the hospitality industry in a variety of roles, including general manager of the Whistler Conference Centre, hotel manager, director of sales and marketing, Whistler Spirit facilitator, and an employee and volunteer with the Whistler Olympics. Debbie is a strong believer in the importance of volunteering in the community. Debbie was honoured to receive "A Whistler Classic" award in 1997 and the Whistler Citizen of the Year Award in 1998.

As a board member with the Community Foundation of Whistler, she is pleased to see the organization's profile growing in the community and to see the lasting benefit for residents being created by our endowment funds. Debbie is excited by initiatives that will increase the community benefits from the Foundation.

Mwale2015Maureen Wale

Chair- Environmental Legacy Grants Committee, Pemberton and Area Community Grants Advisory Committee

Originally from "mid" Vancouver Island, Maureen has lived, worked, played and continued her education in Vancouver, Quebec, Montreal and Ottawa. With mountains of energy and a taste for adventure, Maureen is a skier and equestrian who settled in the beautiful Pemberton Valley. "Life is too short, so try new things!" sums up her life long mantra. "My parents showed me that one can offer their time and commitment to be engaged within their community. Ultimately this enriches one's life experiences as well as the community.'

Canadian Wilderness Adventures Craig BeattieCraig Beattie

Emergency Fund Advisory Committee

Craig has worked with the local business community for over 20 years. With a young family, he felt that it was important to give back to the community. After learning about the Community Foundation of Whistler and its work in the Sea to Sky Corridor, he wanted to be part of the team and help grow the foundation and it's financial impacts on the community. Craig was an active member of Pemberton Search and Rescue for 8 years. He has also worked for BC Ambulance as a primary paramedic. His focus in the community has been health and adventure tourism.

For Craig, Whistler is an amazing place to call home. There is a great sense of community and we live and play where others dream about visiting.

Cstretch2015Carole Stretch

Chair- Vital Signs Project Team

Born and raised in the UK, and after a career in international and strategic markeing, Carole spent a number of years living and working in Thailand, France, Norway and the Philippines before settling in Whistler ten years ago. Having re-trained during her travels, Carole is an experienced ESL teacher and trainer. For the past 6 years, Carole has worked for Capilano University's Community Development and Outreach Department in the communities of Whistler and Pemberton. Community partnerships have been key to the projects she has managed, in particular the social support program Welcome Sea to Sky from which the Whistler and Pemberton Multicultural Networks have emerged. She has also helped to establish and Whistler Welcome Centre and helped in bringing Citizenship and Immigration Canada settlement services and support to immigrants in Whistler.

In Whistler, Carole is lucky enough to have found a community she is passionate about and in the Foundation, the capacity to have a direct impact and effect for the better while building greater connections to her adopted community and the people within it. "I love meeting people I know everywhere I go. I love the fact that grocery shopping takes me hours because I meet so many people along the way. I love that I am able to use my own experiences to help others settle and participate. Best of all I love seeing people grow and change, blossom with confidence and fufill their potential."

Shelley Quinn Headshot (1 Of 1)Shelley Quinn

Whistler Youth Foundation, Scholarships Committee

Shelley has been a Whistler resident since 1997, and moved to Whistler after living in various mountain resorts in Europe, New Zealand and Japan.  Whistler is her forever home due to her love of the mountains and resort-community lifestyle, and the many friends that she has made here over the years.  She lives with her husband and children in Alpine Meadows, and the whole family love to get out and enjoy all of the many advantages of our town and amenities.

Now that the kids are teenagers, Shelley now has time to give back to the community, and decided that working with the CFOW was a great way to contribute to the community in so many areas, since the Foundation grants to a diverse range of organizations within in Whistler and the corridor.  She also volunteers her time with Dream Makers, promoting literacy in the Sea to Sky Corridor, and tutors ESL to  newcomers with  the Welcome Sea to Sky organization through Capilano University.

Shelley has a strong business management, leadership and sales background, having run her own business in Whistler from 1997 until 2011, and then managing and doing sales for a leading ESL and Career College in Whistler from 2012 until 2018.

For fun, Shelley enjoys the many outdoor activities offered in Whistler, including skiing, biking, swimming, water sports on our beautiful lakes, and just enjoys being outside with her friends and family.


Sharon Broatch (1 Of 1)Sharon Broatch

Sharon has lived full time in Whistler for over 30 years and raised her two daughters in this community. She was part of the public education system as a teacher and school principal in both Whistler and Pemberton since 1986. Sharon served on various non profit boards including the Dandelion Daycare Society, the Whistler Arts Council and  the Whistler Public Library.

Her interests in the Community Foundation of Whistler include community-based endeavours, scholarships, youth based programming, and indigenous community connections. She brings experience in working with diverse groups to facilitate respectful and effective communication and cooperative initiatives. "I love living in Whistler and being part of an active environmentally responsible community."



CC2015Carol Coffey

Executive Director

Carol joined the Community Foundation of Whistler in October 2011. She believes strongly in the vision of the foundation to ensure the vitality of our community and the power of endowment funds to create long term legacies for the community. Carol has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Guelph and a legal assistant certificate from Capilano University. As the former executive director of Whistler Animals Galore Society (WAG), Carol brought her non-profit management experience and strong interest in supporting the charitable sector to the foundation. Carol works part-time for the Foundation and as the part-time Executive Administrator for Squamish Helping Hands Society.

Lisa Severn Headshot CFOW 1 Of 1 2Lisa Severn

Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator

During a bus trip across the country in the summer of 1997, Lisa booked a single night at the Shoestring Lodge on Nancy Green Way. Then she booked another. And another. Until she had the opportunity to move into Whistler Blackcomb staff housing.

Lisa was meant to return to Ontario, but then, like so many other Whistlerites, realized she had found her forever home.

In her first 10-years in Whistler, Lisa enjoyed a career in training and course development for the Canadian Snowboard Instructors Association and Whistler Blackcomb. After realizing her budget for toe warmers was out of control, she retired from instructing.

For 5-years she worked in the intense world of healthcare, only to realize the pace was never going to slow. With a desire for simplicity, Lisa enrolled at the University of Calgary to study marketing and technical writing. During her studies, she started freelancing.

Over the years, Lisa expanded her skills to include everything digital media. And she has developed a special interest in chasing light with her camera. You might even want to say hello when you see her out shooting landscapes in the frosty mornings.