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Whistler is fortunate to have friends of the community with a
genuine personal interest in the success of the resort.
Questions for Pemberton candidates
With candidates beginning to declare their interest in the next term of Pemberton Council, I’d like to share a few questions I’m thinking about as a resident and voter:
• How to increase the economic viability of the airport without major debt and/or expansion;
• How to maintain and increase recreation opportunities for young families (trails, gym, ice rink, pool, paddling, skateboard park, other);
• How to foster a business climate that can attract and sustain jobs… and fill the store fronts in town and the empty lots in the industrial park;
• How to work with the Lil’wat Nation so that economic prosperity and social security extends to all residents of the valley;
• How to create an Olympic legacy that goes beyond a two-week winter festival.
I urge all candidates (including those yet to declare their campaigns) to consider these questions. I’d also appreciate a clear idea of your position — so that I can make an informed choice as to who should best represent me for the next term of council.
Let’s change the meaning of ‘Olympic Family’
Re: Re-defining the “Olympic Family” (Alta States, Sept. 4)
Thank you Michel Beaudry for your very thoughtful article on what it takes to be a parent of an elite athlete(s). I respect every parent for what they give to their children — their commitment is something I see every day on the sporting fields, in the drama rooms, at the music concerts and in the schools. I know that parents make the difference in a child’s life. But like all parents, parents of elite athletes who make the Olympics feel a special moment of pride and would like to share that joy with their children as they strive on the world’s stage to fulfill their dream. All parents feel this, no matter what country they come from.
I have always thought that something we in Whistler can do that would be unique from any other Olympics, is to make these parents feel welcome by having a parent welcoming centre — a place where parents can interact with local residents and create a true relationship with our community. We here in Whistler cannot have a glitzy opening ceremony like in Beijing but we can showcase our spirit. Let’s keep this conversation going and change the meaning of “Olympic Family”.
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