Thank you, Whistler Volunteers!
Volunteer rates in Whistler are surprisingly strong. If you look to your neighbours, you’ll find many of them have given of their free time in some way or another. And, there is no doubt that completing even the smallest volunteer task (like shovelling a neighbour’s walkway or feeding their cat) can bring about pure joy for the recipient of your time.
It has been suggested that there are as many as 90 non-profit associations in our beautiful little mountain town. And when you look at the variety of volunteer work, from the Multi-Cultural Network to strata councils, and from Committees of Council to dog walkers at Whistler Animals Galore (lovingly known as WAG), it’s clear that we as a community rely on volunteers to make this place the best it can be.
On a committee? You just need to look to your left or right and you’ll find someone who volunteers for several of your favourite organizations all year long. And the volunteer time doesn’t stop at Whistler, some local volunteers even take their work abroad.
Next week, the Whistler Chamber of Commerce will “celebrate Whistler’s innovators, trailblazers and community cultivators” at the Whistler Excellence Awards Presented by Blue Shore Financial.
This fun & exciting black-tie event sees the Citizen of the Year Award presented by Race and Company, and the Community Foundation of Whistler has the honour of selecting the annual recipient of this award.
Previous winners and current nominees are outstanding volunteers that have given their time to multiple organizations and causes while fostering community and cooperation in others. Each of them made their own lasting impact on Whistler.
And the nominees for 2018 Whistler Citizen of the Year are
Without 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 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.
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 motivate them 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.
Congratulations to the 2018 Nominees!
We’d also like to send a HUGE thank you to everyone who gives of their free time to build our community.