New council ‘engaged, committed, excited’ 

Team building first task

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His concern is that if there is nowhere affordable to live a skilled employee base will be impossible to maintain. That’s also a concern for members of this council.

Among the team is Tim Wake, former general manager of the Whistler Housing Authority, and perhaps one of the biggest advocates for employee housing in the past decade.

Wake complimented the skill set of his fellow councillors on Saturday night when he first learned the election results. Councillors range in profession from a lawyer, a ski instructor, a few consultants, and several members with an entrepreneurial spirit.

"I think everybody there is keen to move forward," said Wake.

Eckhard Zeidler, the sixth councillor elected, was also upbeat.

"I’m so thrilled about this town because everybody’s on the same page," he said. "We’re thinking the same way. We have the same values.

"I’m truly inspired by the town and we’re only beginning to do great things."

Perhaps Forsyth with his trademark enthusiasm summed it up best this week.

"What people were looking for in this election was some hope that things are going to get better, that this is a corner that we’ve turned and things are headed in the right direction," he said. "And I promise to work as hard as I can to make things better for Whistler."

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