20 Years: A year in review
This year began with Sue Lawther and Scott Pass at the helm of the ship, Sue as Chair and Scott as Vice Chair.
By mid-winter, we had launched the first Vital Cafe of 2019. The (almost) montly event was designed as a roundtable discussion on various topics affecting Whistler as a community, but under the scrutiny of the Global Sustainable Development Goals as defined by the United Nations. The first event was a success with Thinking like a mountain presented by Guest Leslie Anthony.
Next, we took a risk and started a conversation about poverty in Whistler during the Vital Cafe: Yes, there IS poverty in Whistler presented by Sara Jennings.
As spring approached, Mary Saugstead, Kathy Barnett Leadership Grant Recipient, presented an Approachable Adult Workshop, to complete her last 2.5 hours of practicum to become a certified Sexual Health Educator (see second banner image).
As Whistler's Vital Signs program expanded, we added a new member to our team. Libby McKeever brought her enthusiasm to the Vital Signs Committee and would go on to organize the Vital Cafes and a new initiative later in the the year (see third banner image).
We celebrated a sense of belonging with the award of over $225, 000 in grants and disbursements to more than 35 programs, like glacier monitoring, and charities, like Zero Ceiling.
Summer kicked off with two events: our Neighbourhood Small Grants Luncheon and AGM, which were well attended by new and longtime locals alike.
During that time, we bid a fond farewell to Carol Coffey and welcomed Claire Mozes as our new Executive Director. Plus, eight neighbourhoods were awarded a Neighbourhood Small Grant to execute a neighbourhood project or celebration.
Next, we sent a new team (including Executive Director, Claire Mozes; Board Chair, Sue Lawther; and Board Member, Sharon Broatch) to the Community Foundations of Canada Conference #ALLIN2019. Check out a few highlights from the conference in the video above.
We also introduced our first peer to peer fundraising campaign through Canada Helps, and raised $45,000 toward Mischa Arnott Alpine Youth Legacy Project.
Before the kids were back in school, we recorded our first Whistler's Vital Podcast with Host Kim Slater and local learning expert, Suki Cheyne.
As the weather turned cold, we reviewed the history of granting at the Community Foundation of Whistler and prepared for a lovely 20th Anniversary reception.
We invited you to start calling us Whistler Community Foundation at the party. And you embraced the change.
We hosted a Truth & Reconcilliation Vital Cafe that had an incredible impact on all who participated. We are grateful to those who made big leaps in local knowledge and understanding of First Nations people living in the region.
The RMOW announced that the expansion to the Meadow Park Sports Centre was well underway, thanks in part to $400,000 grant made possible by the Whistler Community Foundation's Emerald Fund.
Outlook for 2020
Join us for the first Vital Cafe. Climate Crisis: Where are the urgent actions in a climate crisis? More information is available at Eventbrite: vital-cafe-climate-crisis.eventbrite.com
Also, watch for:
- fresh updates of our website with great stories front and centre
- our 2019 Vital Report
- more Vital Podcasts
And, get regular updates on 2020 by clicking here and adding your name to our newsletter.
Finally, our granting season starts soon, and while your past investments have grown the size of our granting opportunities, we must continue to grow our funds to go bigger and do better things within our community.
The Community Fund is one of the best ways to pass down your love of community to younger generations. Whistler Community Foundation distributes Community Fund grants to all corners of the community, but the long term investment ensures a thriving community for our children and grandchildren.
No contribution to the Community Fund is too small, because donor's gifts are pooled with Whistler Community Foundation's endowed assets, invested through careful stewarship and income is then used to make grants.
However, contributions of greater size increase your tax savings. Visit Canada Helps tax saving calculator to find out how much your investment in community can save you in 2019.
After you've made your calculations, visit Whistler Community Foundation on Canada Helps to make your 2019 donation count.
Posted on Friday, December 27, 2019