Nancy Wilhelm-Morden 

Top of her game

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What's one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?

 How about two things: being a squatter for four years in the '70's and the fact that I love to bake, can, preserve and just generally enjoy being in the kitchen.

What world leader would you most like to go for dinner/drinks with, and why?
 President Barack Obama hands down. It would be fascinating to catch a true glimpse of a day in his life.

What book do you recommend everyone read and why?
 Aside from Walter the Farting Dog and Love You Forever , anything by Margaret Atwood - fiction, non-fiction and poetry. She's thought-provoking, controversial at times and is just a great writer.

Give an example of a difficult situation you have overcome?
 Professionally - every single trial I've ever run is difficult in its own way. Plus being a woman in a career still dominated by men. Personally - surviving my daughters' teenage years.

What are your favourite sports to watch on TV? Hockey, of course - go Canucks go - and the Canadian Football League -roar you Lions, roar.

Twenty-one years ago, Nancy Wilhelm-Morden was almost mayor of Whistler.

But a few dozen votes - a mere 35 or so - went against her and so Ted Nebbeling assumed office. Both former councillors under Mayor Drew Meredith's watch, Wilhelm-Morden and Nebbeling had different ideas for the future of Whistler; he campaigned on a business platform, she was a community-minded young mother appealing to the family vote.

"I was very much a believer in the fact that we had spent most of the eighties building facilities for the resort side of our town and we had to pay attention to community facilities - they were virtually non-existent," she recalls.

The community held its breath over days as the votes were recounted by hand. It did not go as she had hoped.

The loss was a terrible disappointment, admits Wilhelm-Morden, and a blow to her ego.

It's easy to tell Nancy Wilhelm-Morden isn't used to losing. In fact, she seems like the kind of woman who can do it all - balancing being a busy lawyer at her law practice, hitting the campaign trail with vigour, giving back to the community through volunteerism, being a mom and wife - while making it all look easy.

A loaf of bread sits on the counter of her Alpine home, freshly baked by her that morning. She offers cream cheese and homemade onion jam with go with it - her own homemade jam, a recipe she invented after tasting the sweet/savory spread in Montreal earlier this year.

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