Charities benefitting from SHARE 

Get Bear Smart hoping to fund two memorial programs for Jeanie the bear

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"Jeanie seemed to get into conflicts at a few restaurants so we want to do more education with restaurants and part of that will be to create a short video for staff training," said Dolson, adding that the Society is moving to use social media platforms to share information more and more in the hopes of connecting with young workers in the resort.

The Bear Smart Business Program will offer logos for a website and stickers as well so that those who shop or use a business can know if it is a partner of the program and is "Bear Smart."

In the past CFOW funds have helped pay for bear education outreach and research, the waste and a landscaping audit and it contributed to the seed funding for the very popular Bearology book, which is available all over Whistler and through the on-line store at www.bearsmart.com.

The Kathy Barnett Memorial Fund is also managed through the CFOW and will benefit from SHARE Whistler.

This year's recipient was Shannon Ellis, Pemberton Library's director.

"I have always wanted to know more about facilitating meetings and would like to work towards helping groups do strategic plans," Ellis said, adding that getting the grant from the memorial fund will make that possible by funding education in that field this coming spring.

"I love the non-profit world and all the volunteerism and I would like to help those groups further themselves and be more organized.

"The CFOW does really great work addressing some really key needs in the community and it is a great source of some small to medium type grants that help the community grow and help organizations provide what it is that they want over and above their operating budgets."

There are three primary goals of the SHARE Whistler campaign:

• To attract new donors and volunteers to support local non-profits through the CFOW;

• To encourage people 35 and under to get involved in philanthropy and the Whistler community;

• To provide publicity and exposure for a variety of local charitable causes.

HOW TO DONATE:

Go to www.whistlerfoundation.com or www.piquenewsmagazine.com and click on the SHARE Whistler logo. The CFOW will forward donations (net of 3.9 per cent CanadaHelps processing fee) directly to the donors' charity of choice no later than Jan. 31, 2012.

Select a charity such as the Whistler Search and Rescue Society or donate to one of the CFOW's permanent endowment funds.

Like the CFOW Facebook page and Pique will contribute $1 for new new "Like" up to $1,000. The deadline for the weekly Prior draws is 7 a.m. each Wednesday. The winner this week: Claire Ruddy.

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