Letters to the Editor for the week of Dec 15th, 2011 

Another Great Community Effort

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Spring Creek Community School and Ecole La Passerelle held our Annual Santa's Workshop again last Friday and it was a huge success. We raised over $1,500.00 for the Whistler Food Bank and Christmas Hampers.

The event was such an amazing community effort and was all about giving. Our staff, PAC, Whistler Community Services staff, Spirit Team student leaders, and parents worked hard together to advertise the event, gather, organize, and arrange the gifts and festively decorate the workshop. All the donated gently used, or new gifts items, came from our school communities. On shopping day the parents and Spirit Team students were back to help students select gifts for their family members and wrap them.

Our younger students were so proud to carry home a precious gift that they bought and wrapped themselves. It was a lot of work, but the smiles on everyone's faces were beaming with the joy that comes from the personal sense of giving of time to help and support our community.

We are so lucky to have such amazing staff, parents, and students in our schools. Taking part in events like this can only help our kids become strong community leaders as they grow.

To our parents, staff, Spirit Team, students, Community Services colleagues and Joern Rohde for taking pictures, thank you for making this such a fun, heartwarming, and valuable event. Start saving gently used items for next year! We'll be collecting again — sooner than you will believe.

Vicki Swan and Kathleen Withey


Subject: Great service still alive

I'd just like to thank all the staff at the Whistler post office in Marketplace. Every time I have been there they have all been so helpful and cheery!

Today one of the lovely ladies saved me over $70 in postage costs after shuffling my Xmas presents into a few packages. She has certainly made my Xmas a merry one and I'm sure the whole staff will continue to make many more!

Rachel Goodsell


Reality Check:

I was shocked but not surprised to see another consultant was hired by the Muni at the cost of $103,000 tax dollars. It makes sense to me now why when asked during the election the former mayor refused to tell us the cost. The shocking part was the report didn't contain any of what my friends and I were hoping for.

Things like downsizing departments, eliminating some, suggesting multi-tasking or that our government is too big.

Average Canadians make just over $37,700 per year; it's safe to say that many of us can only dream of earning six figure salaries. Yet for managers at the RMOW and those involved with satellite organizations of the RMOW, a six figure salary isn't just a pipe dream — it's a reality.

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