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Celebrating the human factor

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She sighs. “This used to be such a creative place,” she says. “We used to be so inventive in coming up with solutions to challenging problems. We were so proud of being West Coast and different. But we’ve gotten too safe. We’re afraid to take chances now.”

Her solution? “There is only one way to deal with these issues,” she says. “You have to be sincere; you have to be totally committed to new and unconventional ways of getting people re-engaged in building the future here.”

Never one to shy away from a good idea, Caroline leaves me with one last thought to consider. “What about assembling an outside-the-box resident forum?” she suggests. “There are a lot of very interesting, very unordinary people living at Whistler. But we don’t tap into their creativity enough. So what would happen if we assembled a group of these independent-minded thinkers — men and women, young and old, rich and poor, recent arrivals and long-time locals — and empowered them to come up with new and great initiatives for the community? What would happen if this group was paid to produce independent quarterly reports with recommendations for both Tourism Whistler and the municipality?”

She smiles. And then answers her own question. “I think we would be blown away with the resources and inventiveness that we have in our own community.” She pauses for just a moment. Smiles again. “Now that’s an Olympic legacy Whistler could really be proud of.”