Board Chair, Chair of the 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/operator 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.
Board ViceChair, Chair of the 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.
Treasurer, Chair of the 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.
Past Chair, Member of the Finance and Investment , Executive and Governance and Nominating Committees
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.
Chair of the Community Grants Committee, Fund Development Committee, Jill Ackhurst Social Action Committee, Chair of the 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.
Chair of the Vital Signs Committee
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." ~ Sharon
Paul has been a full time Whistler resident since 2014, having migrated west from Toronto like so many others in Whistler.
After raising a family back east and working as an equity trader and Investment Banker, Paul is happy to now call Whistler home.
With a fresh appreciation for the vibrancy of the Whistler Community, Paul has participated as a Volunteer Mountain Ski Host, guided groups on Whistler Tasting Tours, and assisted as a cross country ski Patroller.
“I feel very fortunate to live in such a special thriving community and it’s a pleasure to help foster and grow Whistler’s special attributes through the Community Foundation of Whistler.” ~ Paul
Gizem works as the Program & Community Development Manager at Whistler Community Services (WCSS). She’s acted in a few different roles with WCSS, from Food Bank Coordinator to Outreach Worker.
Gizem was born and raised in Turkey, and is passionate about Sustainable Community Development, Social Justice Issues and has worked for a range of high-profile Environmental Organizations.
Having lived and worked in Whistler and its local non-profits since 2005, she brings a wealth of experience to the Community Foundation of Whistler. Claire works from a positive, solution focused perspective and is driven to find ways to balance community needs with available resources.
Like most people in Whistler her passions include getting outside and enjoying the mountains, lakes and trails alongside her friends and family.
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.