Letters to the editor for the week of August 15th 

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Books For Bella Bella

On behalf of the residents of Bella Bella and the staff of their Thistalalh Memorial Library, I would like to thank the people in our Sea to Sky area who graciously donated their books and time following the fire which destroyed their library and grocery store.

I particularly want to thank Elizabeth Tracy and her staff at the library, Jane Reid, a passionate book donator, and Anna Gates from Lions Bay, who donated eight cartons from her personal collection.

This successful drive could not have been achieved without the help of Buy-Low Foods, Nesters in Whistler and Squamish, Upper Village Market, Pemberton Valley Supermarket, Armchair Books and The Grocery Store.

We have collected hundreds of books, which will be shipped to Bella Bella with their grocery supplies.

The book drive ends on Sunday, August 18.

Bob Adams


Thank you Whistler!

We live in an incredible community and since tendering my resignation in late May, I've been reminded of it every day.

Thank you to my chamber team, our board of directors and to everyone who has taken the time to send emails and cards, to call, to pay tribute or to stop by the chamber office to deliver best wishes along with some great hugs!

Everyone has a guardian angel, maybe two... I have many! To that end, I want to thank Frank and Judy Fletcher — my Whistler family — for their endless love, guidance and support. Thank you to David Demers and Dave Davenport for their vision, for encouraging me to interview for the CEO position back in 2008 and for supporting me in it. Thank you to Peter Alder, a wise friend, who reminds me often to stop and smell the roses! And to Sue Adams, a very dear friend, generous mentor and outstanding role model with whom I share a passion for business and the arts in all its various forms, including good food and wine!

Whistler has been very kind to me. When I arrived in December 2000, it wasn't my plan to stay. However, it scooped me up in its arms and has supported me since in whatever I've chosen to do. For that I'm very grateful.

We live in a unique community that's on the brink of its next big thing. I said only a couple of weeks ago... the energy that is beginning to form around the EPI plan, the Community Cultural Plan and the Cultural Tourism Development Strategy, the Audain Museum, the Education and Learning Task Force recommendations, the work conducted by the Festivals, Events and Animation Working Group and Steering Committee, the work on recreation and leisure and the potential for Function Junction to become a very cool destination in the overall Whistler experience, is palpable. I feel we're approaching a special point in Whistler's history where a number of the jigsaw pieces are beginning to fall into place. 

We all have a role to play in Whistler's success. I'm honoured to have called Whistler home for almost 13 years, to have served our Chamber members and our community, and to have been part of its journey. Thank you Whistler!

Fiona Famulak  



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