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Big Air Bears soar over other suggestions to become WSSF mascot name

Was there any doubt that the official mascot of the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival would be christened Big Air Bear?

At least three people agreed that it was the best name in the Name That Bear Contest, which brought in more than 300 entries.

Those three names went into a random draw for a Panasonic Portable CD/MP3 player and Shannon Hendry from Tourism Whistler took home the prize.

Runners-up Kate Benjamin from Myrtle Philip School and Bradley Jansen from Spring Creek School were presented with a special prize package by Big Air Bear during the school assemblies on Feb. 5 and 6.

Big Air Bear also presented the winners of the bear colouring contest with a special gift package. Those winners are six-year-old Michaela Shrimpton from Spring Creek and Tala Clark from Myrtle Philip.

CFOW grows with six more funds

The Community Foundation of Whistler has added six more endowment funds to the foundation.

The new funds are the American Friends of Whistler Fund, the Ciceri Family Fund, the Glacier Creek Development Fund, the J.J. Whistler Bear Society Fund, the Pemberton Community Fund, and the Whistler Museum and Archives Society Fund.

With the addition of these six funds, the CFOW now has 16 endowment funds, allowing it to address more community challenges.

The Pemberton Community Fund and the Glacier Creek Development Fund will provide grants to charitable organizations in the Pemberton area.

Nancy Wilhelm-Morden, CFOW board chair said the foundation sees its role evolving to play a leadership in the Sea to Sky corridor.


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