Letters to the Editor 

Whistler Blackcomb steps up for Grades

The Whistler Secondary School grad class would like to thank Doug Forseth, Sophie Hoskins, Aubrey Gordon and the amazing team at Whistler Blackcomb for making our family grad dinner such a success!

Throughout the process of planning dinner at the Roundhouse, Sophie and Aubrey assisted with every aspect of the evening, making it easy and fun to organize this important milestone event.

An expected 350 guests, many from out of town, were looking forward to our grad celebration dinner at the top of the mountain.

Then, disaster: a mechanical malfunction at 5 p.m. on Friday night put the gondola out of commission.

When they realized that fixing the gondola was not an option, the WB team met on Saturday morning to brainstorm different solutions. They decided that the best-case scenario was to find an alternate venue and they were successful in securing a room at the Fairmont.

The team then set about organizing the grad dinner at the new venue in only a few hours. At 6 p.m., guests were greeted at the door with a celebratory glass of sparkling apple juice followed by a delicious dinner that went off without a hitch.

This dedication is pretty amazing in itself, but there is more.

The alternate venue came at a cost and by the time WB had refunded the grads for the gondola charges and paid the additional costs for the alternate venue, the final result was actually a net revenue loss to WB. We cannot thank the Whistler Blackcomb team enough for all their hard work to make our graduation dinner happen and for their support of the Whistler Secondary School community.

Bev Oakley

Principal Whistler Secondary School

Lucy Brown - Class of 2011 Grad Dinner Planner



OUTLOOK Economic Symposium looks forward

On behalf of the board of directors and staff of the Whistler Chamber of Commerce, we'd like to thank the speakers, cash and in-kind sponsors and delegates from the Sea to Sky corridor and beyond, who participated at the inaugural OUTLOOK Economic Symposium, held at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, June 5-6, 2011.

The long-term vision of OUTLOOK is to be the "Davos of North America," an inspirational place in the mountains that provides business and community leaders an unrivalled opportunity to come together annually to discuss the issues most important to the economic health of our province and country. In its inaugural year, OUTLOOK asked the question, "Is British Columbia positioned to prosper in the next decade?" and it brought together a number of experts from both private and public sectors, including senior government ministers, as well as almost 200 delegates, to examine the question from a global, national, provincial and sectoral perspective.

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