W-B Foundation grants $185,000 

Local schools, the Pemberton Health Care Centre, and local ski and snowboard clubs were the big winners when the Whistler-Blackcomb Foundation announced its latest round of grants on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Altogether, 14 non-profit organizations in the Sea to Sky corridor received grants, totaling more than $185,000.

"The Whistler-Blackcomb Foundation’s primary objective is to improve the quality of life in our community," said foundation President Dave Brownlie. "Our directors believe we have made a significant contribution with these grants."

The foundation raises money through the Founder’s Pass Program and two annual events, the Whistler-Blackcomb Foundation Golf Classic in September and the Telus Mobility Whistler-Blackcomb Foundation Winter Classic in January. Since the foundation was established in 1993, it has contributed more than $2 million to local non-profit organizations.

The most recent recipients include:

• Local school playgrounds: Squamish Elementary received $22,000 to replace old equipment. Signal Hill Elementary in Pemberton and Spring Creek Elementary in Whistler are both under construction and will receive $35,000 each to build their playgrounds.

• The Pemberton Health Centre will receive $30,500 to purchase a blood cell counter used to help doctors diagnose anemia and infections. It will reduce time and costs of sending samples to other hospitals and health care centres for tests.

• The Whistler Mountain Ski Club and the Whistler Valley Snowboard Club received $12,005 and $10,425 respectively as the beneficiaries of the annual Winter Classic Wine & Cheese night at the Westin Resort and Spa. The money will be used for youth athletic programs.

• The B.C. Mobilities Opportunities Society received $10,000 for the purchase of "trail riders" that allow disabled individuals to participate in hiking activities. In August, the trail-riders will be used at a special event called the Access Challenge in the Whistler Area.

• Whistler Secondary School will receive $10,000 to upgrade its computer software licenses.

• Whistler Community Services will receive $8,500 for its Kidsport program, which provides financial support to approximately 40 locals kids participating in local athletics and recreation.

• The Make-a-Wish Foundation received $5,000 to grant a wish for a Pemberton child to watch the St. Louis Blues hockey team in St. Louis.

• A donation of $2,800 was pledged to the Whistler-Blackcomb team for participating in the B.C. Lions 24-Hour Relay for Kids. The groups raised $37,000 for Camp Squamish Summer Camp programs for kids with disabilities. Specifically the money will go towards two in-ground trampolines.

• Outward Bound will receive $1,500 to sponsor one candidate from the Sea-to-Sky Corridor.

• Two Peter Xhignesse Memorial Scholarships of $1,000 each were awarded to Kendra Hodgson of Pemberton Secondary and Jamie McCance from Whistler Secondary for achievements in athleticism and academics.

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