Re-Use-It Centre's manager new WCSS director 

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The current manager of the Re-Use-It Centre, Cheryl Skribe, will take over as Whistler Community Services Society's (WCSS) new executive director next week.

Beating out over 30 candidates, Skribe's nearly two years running Whistler's largest thrift store, which funds 26 social programs administered by the WCSS, were taken into consideration.

"She's proven herself and has really turned it around at the Re-Use it (Centre)," said WCSS chairman Doug Treleaven. "The Re-Use It (Centre) is really doing well and has been well supported by the Whistler community."

Nearly $416,000 in revenue from the Re-Use-It Centre, Re-Build-It Centre and Whistler Community Service's recycling program went towards community programs in 2013, up from $298,000 the year before. It's that experience running the Re-Use-It Centre that Skribe hopes to apply in her new position, taking over for interim director Claire Mozes, who stepped up in September after Lorna Van Straaten resigned.

"I'm very excited and very much looking forward to looking and seeing a different aspect of Whistler Community Services, being involved in a different way and using my skills in a different way," Skribe said.

Top priority moving forward, Skribe said, is educating the public on Whistler Community Service's mandate and exactly where the community's help is needed most. Outside of grants, WCSS relies entirely on donations to fund programs like the food bank and outreach services.

"(We want to) make the connection between what we're doing for the community on the social services side and how we support that and fund that through the Re-Use It and Re-Build It Centres, and the areas where we might need help from the community," she said.

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