Whistler’s Al and Irene Whitney received Alpine Canada’s Volunteer of the Year award from Alpine Canada CEO Ken Read at the annual Peak to Peak Dinner last week in Vancouver.
"We love what we do and it is definitely an honour to be recognized in this way, but I really feel that we share this award with the many hard working volunteers who put in long days in all kinds of weather and conditions," said Irene.
"It takes a whole team to run races that are safe, fair and fun for the competitors. As part of that team of volunteers, I can tell you the work is gratifying and the rewards are numerous — I would encourage anyone who is considering signing up to help out not to hesitate!"
The Whitneys’ two daughters, Charlotte and Victoria, have been through the ski racing program at the Whistler Mountain Ski Club. Charlotte retired from the B.C. Ski Team a couple of years ago to attend UBC. Victoria is currently a member of the B.C. Ski Team.
Al and Irene Whitney have been fixtures on the hill and at the
club cabin for years, giving selflessly and offering their expertise at events
around the province. Al is a leader in the specialized field of timing at races
and Irene has held Chief of Race positions and has been trained and qualified
as a Technical Delegate. Irene also holds a position on the board of
directors at the Whistler Mountain Ski Club.
The Alpine Canada Awards of Excellence have been handed out annually since 2002 and are designed to honour outstanding individuals for their contributions during the previous ski racing season.