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Kelly Hand – Investing heart and soul into the Whistler community


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Kelly and Mike were married in the spring of '09. By the spring of 2010 they'll be welcoming a new child into their lives. A few months later they'll be the proud owners of a new home. It almost takes my breath away to see how quickly - and positively - the couple is investing in the future of this place. And they're doing it at considerable personal risk. "No question - it's happening very fast," says Hand. "But we can't really count on anybody else for advice. After all, Whistler is such a unique place. The bottom line for us is that we believe in the town and we believe in the people who live here. That's why we're going for it!"

She laughs long and hard. "It's making me look at this place in a really different way though. I mean, I read the papers now and worry about taxes and what's going on in council meetings. Two years ago, it was like 'who cares?'"

Before we part, she wants to make sure I'm up on her latest project. "Do you know the Whistler Museum is having its grand opening next week on Dec. 17 th ?" Totally renovated and boasting entirely new installations, the museum, says its newest employee, has been re-designed to be more than just a place for collecting old archives. "We want the museum to be fresh because we see Whistler as fresh," she explains. "We see it as a community gathering place, another cultural layer to Whistler if you will." Her face erupts in a radiant smile. "So can we count on you being there for our grand opening?"

Of course you can. How can I say no to that kind of positive energy?



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