Letters to the Editor 

On great employers, mountain bikes, mountain bears and alternative approvals

Jobs, jobs, jobs!!!

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

— Confucius

The on-going letters that whine about working in the Sea to Sky corridor are annoying. Here is one to say "thanks" to my employers... three to be exact.

I am a regular tourist town habitant that works a lot to afford a great lifestyle. I worked three jobs in Banff for a few years and am doing the same here. Switching towns didn't cut deeper into my pocket book but it put a bigger smile on my face and some great new friends’ (who aren’t so transient) phone numbers in my phone.

I teach part-time with the Howe Sound School District Monday to Friday in Squamish (a nice little two hours of commuting each day), 3-5 nights at a fantastic restaurant, Thai One On. Finally, I work casually for Fairmont Chateau Whistler. It is a lot, but I enjoy working hard, I pay for my toys and my lifestyle on my own and I still get out snowboarding or on my bike 2-3 days a week.

Often I hear and read about how crappy employers are in the corridor. Maybe I have lucked out three times in a row, but I haven’t won the 649 yet, so I figure that luck isn’t on my side.

Hats off and big thank-yous to these great employers and all the great managers and staff that I work for. Everyone is continually making this the best place on earth to live!

If you don't like your job you don't strike. You just go in every day and do it really half-assed. That's the American way.

— Homer Simpson

Mandy Kinzel

Whistler

HR solutions coming forward

Finding solutions to the HR shortage in the tourism sector is top of mind of many people in the Sea to Sky. This month Leadership Sea to Sky invited the public as well as a cross-selection of stakeholders from the Sea to Sky corridor to brainstorm on short- and long-term solutions. To one of the sessions only employees were invited. The comment we heard over and over again was that, yes, housing and affordability are big issues. However, more than wages and costs of living, the issue most important for the focus group was that the number one reason for staying with a company is respect: When they feel valued and cared for, employees are less inclined to wander off.

This focus group session was held for four hours – a long time to volunteer for on a hockey night and a beautiful summer evening. When we approached Nesters to support this event, Bruce Stewart was immediately on site. Thanks to his generosity, focus group participants were recognized with gift vouchers from Nesters. Thank you, Bruce for caring for Whistler’s employees. Once again, you demonstrated your community spirit.

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