Letters to the Editor for the week of Jan 12th, 2012 

SHARE Whistler

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SHARE Whistler

The Community Foundation of Whistler would like to thank the Pique Newsmagazine for its enormous generosity in 2011. SHARE Whistler generated much needed revenue for many of our community's non-profit organizations as they start a new year.

SHARE Whistler raised over $14,000, plus an additional $5,000 for The Community Foundation of Whistler's Community Fund. This endowment fund is a growing legacy for our community, allowing the Community Foundation to support projects that address the changing needs of our community.

We were pleasantly surprised to have had 1,873 volunteer hours contributed to the SHARE Whistler campaign. Thanks to the support of donor's dollars, together with the many enthusiastic volunteers hours, the goal of securing $10,000 of a matched donation from Pique Newsmagazine was met!

Monies will be distributed in January 2012. One half of the $10,000 from the Pique Newsmagazine pledge will be distributed to the various groups whose volunteers submitted their hours worked during the campaign: Whistler Adaptive Sports Program, Whistler Arts Council, Whistler Community Service, Whistler Public Library, Whistler Museum and Archives, Whistler Search and Rescue Society, and AWARE.

The Community Foundation of Whistler would like to thank these participating non-profit organizations for their enthusiasm in submitting their volunteer hours. Whistler has passionate and dedicated volunteers who make the community special and made SHARE Whistler a success!

Thank you to the following businesses for their participation during our six week campaign: FRUV freedom Wear, Splitz Grill, Get Bear Smart Society, Whistler Community Services, Chateau Cleaning, Rotary Club of Whistler Millennium, and Parlour Hair Saloon. The buzz created through their random draw prizes added awareness to the SHARE Whistler campaign.

SHARE Whistler is about sharing our time, our money, and our commitment together to help make a healthy caring and prosperous community. The action of giving creates a vibrant and engaged community. Caring to share is alive and growing in Whistler.

Carol Coffey, executive director of the CFOW


Time to be plastic bag free

The other week I was at the (grocery) checkout line and the woman before us grabbed a plastic bag for her one small item. She had a coat on with pockets as well as a decent sized backpack where the small item could have easily fit. This is not the first time I've seen this happen.

If that bag is not recycled, it will end up in a landfill where it'll stay there indefinitely. (Landfills lack air, sun and microbes that help in decomposition.)

Whistler can easily go plastic bag free — even with the guests that come up here. Have each store carry canvas bags. If you require a bag with your items, you'd simply put a deposit on the canvas bag. You can keep the bag, or return it for the deposit. Each store and hotel would have a small supply of bags and would be able to both give back and take deposits. Bags can be kept as a souvenir and the deposit will go towards the making of new bags.

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