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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.

Congratulations to Steve Bayly, the 2018 Whistler Citizenof the Year!

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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

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

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Congratulations to the top 3 nominees for the 2018 Whistler Citizen of the Year Award:

Steve Bayly

WEA2018 Finalist WEB 33Without Steve's commitment and perseverance, the Whistler Housing Authority would not have succeeded. Steve has mentored a whole series of young Whistler entrepreneurs. His volunteerism includes the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program, Whistler Blackcomb ski club, and the Advisory Planning Commission. Steve advocates for the underrepresented in our community. He currently serves on the Whistler Development Corp. Board, repurposing the Olympic Athlete Village into affordable resident housing. Finally, he picks up after his dog "Roxie"!

Linda Epp

WEA2018 Finalist WEB 23Linda organizes the Whistler Sister’s in Spirit Vigil and installs Red Dresses around Whistler. Linda volunteers as a Village Host and at The Point – Artist Run Centre and she hosts the Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship for the Whistler Film Festival. Linda recently spoke at Tedx at Quest University. In her spare time she volunteers as a Director at Capilano University Alumni Association



WEA2018 Finalist WEB 6Shelagh Weightman

Shelagh has been leading the Whistler Girl Guides for over 23 years. She is a leader, mentor and inspiration to several generations of Whistler girls. Because of her strong leadership she also inspires adults to become involved in the community with activities such as Pitch In Day, and creates training to them motivated in working with children. She has taken girls to camp, on trips to Europe and NYC and has been District Commissioner twice. There are 100s of girls and young women raised in Whistler who have benefitted from her ongoing commitment.