Well, here we are almost in 2024. We formally founded The Old School Initiative during the spring of 2020, and we have never looked back. It’s been an interesting journey, and we continue to learn and grow.
Aside from some food-bank donations and support for Myrtle Philip Community School (our alma mater), we have consistently focused our support on The Real Wild Kittens skateboarding program, The Whistler Skateboarding Club and our four local rock-star athletes: Broderick Thompson, Juliette Pelchat, Emeline Bennett and Truth Smith. We have provided both financial support and tailored access to learning and development. Not only are our athletes excelling in their sports across the globe, but they are also incredible young community members, which is a pillar of our program in terms of qualifying for assistance.
In the last few weeks, we have re-signed with all our athletes for the 2023-24 season, which would not have been possible without the generous contributions from Beedie Living (the company behind the Northlands development), Coastal Mountain Excavations (true Old Schoolers), as well as from our collaboration with Foon Skis (that awesome local ski company based out of Pemberton). So, I wanted to say thank you to all of you. Your support and belief in what we are doing, particularly in these challenging times, goes such a long way.
Moving forward, our aim is to support more athletes. We have interviewed several local athletes who have applied for funding and sponsorship. All these young folks are amazing in their sport and in our community. We are actively seeking ways to support you! Stay tuned…