Growing a Thriving Community

Whistler Citizen of the Year

18449265 1350832648346894 6520025792836231575 OCreated in 1969, the Citizen of the Year Award is Whistler’s longest standing celebration. The Community Foundation of Whistler is honoured with the task of selecting the annual recipient of this prestigious award.

The Whistler Citizen of the Year is an outstanding community member who contributes significant volunteer time to enhancing the quality of life in Whistler. This individual demonstrates extraordinary leadership and community service outside of employment. Well-respected in the community, they inspire others with their caring and positive attitude and spirit of cooperation.

Horizontal Logo BlackThe 2018 Whistler Citizen of the Year Award is presented by:

Award Criteria

An eligible candidate must:

  • be an individual- couples must be submitted as two individual nominees
  • may reside outside of Whistler but must make their volunteer contributions to the Whistler community
  • may be of any age
  • be recognized for their volunteer contributions
  • volunteer their time, outside of the realm of their employment, in or or more activities or with one or more community organizations
  • demonstrate a positive attitude
  • work respectfully with others in the spirit of cooperation
  • be an exemplary leader who displays honesty and integrity
  • have made a lasting impact on a variety of community members or aspects of community life
  • continuously inspire others to give to the community

All nominees must consent to being nominated, including consenting to the publication of their name.

Submit your nomination here

The Whistler Citizen of the Year award is presented at the Whistler Excellence Awards.

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18121498 1330504577046368 471545805192076317 OCongratulations to Heather Paul,

2017 Whistler Citizen of the year!



And congratulations to the top nominess in 2017:

18057932 1330505027046323 5659435033814581924 NKarl Ricker

Since the 1960s Karl has been exploring and mapping local mountains. For each of the past 44 years, Karl has travelled on foot to measure the shrinking Wedgemount and Overlord glaciers. Karl has also been volunteering for the Whistler Naturalists since they formed 18 years ago and well before that time as well. He’s contributed over 30 years of important birding observations including monthly bird walks, yearly Christmas Bird Counts and Breeding Bird Surveys.  He has shared his knowledge by authoring over 40 NatureSpeak articles for the Pique and as lead author of the last three Whistler Bird Lists. He is also a weasel worker legend.

18121423 1330504183713074 1786389748580277937 ODavid Oakes

A member of the Whistler Rotary Club for 21 years, including serving as president, a volunteer with the Whistler Mountain Sky Club for 15 years, a Village Host for 6 years, David is an effective leader in our community. David has also volunteered for the Community Foundation of Whistler on the Jill Ackhurst Social Action Committee. From Rotary president to driving people to medical appointments, David does his volunteer work in a quiet and respectful way and has had a lasting effect on our community

18077329 1330504253713067 700515050513336045 OJennifer Erickson

Jennifer has been active with the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program starting as a volunteer instructor in 2002 and evolved into a Director on the Board, the sole developer of an extensive training program for paid and volunteered staff and finally as an instructor of the training program. Jennifer served as a Director of the WHCF (Whistler Health Care Foundation) Board for a couple of terms prior to 2010. Jennifer has been one of the most active volunteers with the Whistler Village Host program. Jennifer completely coordinated from the start to the present the welcoming of a family of 5 Syrian Refugees to Whistler. She gets involved and stays involved until the job is completed.