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W-B Foundation grants go to local non-profits The Whistler-Blackcomb Foundation has given out more than $200,000 in its latest round of community grants throughout the corridor.

W-B Foundation grants go to local non-profits

The Whistler-Blackcomb Foundation has given out more than $200,000 in its latest round of community grants throughout the corridor.

The grants were handed out to a variety of programs, from the Squamish Public Library to the Pemberton Fire/Rescue Department. The money typically goes towards capital equipment.

The single highest grant of $40,000 was given to the Whistler Health Care Centre. That money will go towards the purchase of a trauma room mini C-arm portable x-ray, which helps doctors manipulate bones before putting on a cast.

The Dandelion Daycare Society received $25,000 to replace old flooring at the Whistler Children’s Centre, in addition to $10,000 for a new garbage shed at the Spring Creek Children’s Centre.

The Whistler Adaptive Ski Program, the Whistler Ski Club and the Whistler Valley Snowboard Club all received $10,000 each.

In total, 22 non-profit organizations received grants.

"We have noticed a huge increase in requests for funding as many non-profits, including schools and health care centres, are experiencing major budget cutbacks" said Louise Lundy, executive director of the Whistler- Blackcomb Foundation.

"We are pleased to be in a position to help fill that gap for so many worthy programs."

Since 1993 the foundation has given out more than $2.4 million in the areas of health, human services, education, recreation, arts and culture and the environment, with an emphasis on children, youth and family programs.

Fairmont Chateau welcomes new member to sales team

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler has hired a local sales person with extensive knowledge of the resort to head their sales and marketing team.

Marion Anderson, the new director of sales and marketing, knows a thing or two about selling Whistler as a world-class resort.

Prior to accepting her new position at the 550-room hotel, Anderson was the senior sales manager at Tourism Whistler. She has also been the director of sales with Crown Resort Accommodations in Whistler as well as the director of sales at the Edmonton Convention and Tourism Authority.

"The Fairmont Chateau Whistler holds an international reputation as one of the world’s finest mountain resort hotels," said Anderson.

"I look forward to working with both the team at the Chateau and its many partners in looking for new opportunities to further drive the success of the hotel and the destination as we move into the future."

Celebrate Canada Day, Decision 2010 in July

Whistler is getting ready to party on the first two days of July with back to back events planned for Canada Day and Decision 2010.

On July 1 Whistler will host its annual Canada Day parade at 2 p.m. Marchers are encouraged to be creative and think red, white and maple leafed with prizes for the best entry.

Anyone who has a bike and some decorations can join in The Pique Pedal Parade, sponsored by Pique Newsmagazine, with prizes in the three best-dressed categories of family, individual and kids 12 and under.

The award winning Reynolds High School Marching Band from Victoria will be joining in and the Black Tusk Caledonia Pipe Band will be coming up from Squamish, sponsored by the Kelty Dennehy Foundation.

After the parade there will be music and entertainment in Village Square.

Hours later the party will kick off again early in the morning of July 2 as Whistler waits to hear the announcement from Prague on which city will host the 2010 Olympic Games.

There will be speakers between 7 and 7:30 a.m. and the International Olympic Committee is expected to make its decision by about 8:15 a.m. (5:15 p.m. Prague time.)

Details about the format of the event will be released in the next few weeks but all are invited to attend and wait in anticipation of the news.