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Becky Wenger - finding balance in life



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Becky and Yves were married in the spring of 1990. "We held the ceremony in a beautiful little village just outside of Geneva called Bagnins. You know, with a 13th century church and an old chateau. It was a serious wedding, but it was lots of fun."

Then came the next big question: Where to now? "We were both intrigued by Western Canada," explains Becky. "So we decided to buy a van and head west from Toronto. Our first real stop was Vancouver. But we soon realized the city wasn't for us. After two weeks, we were ready to move on..."

During their time in Chamonix, the young couple had met and become good friends with Trevor and Tanya Petersen. "And they always spoke so highly of Whistler," says Becky. "So we decided to give it a try." She sighs. "I still remember our first day at Whistler, sitting at Wayside Park and thinking: 'This is the place where we want to be.'" She pauses. Smiles. "Really — it was that fast!"

They also saw the potential for raising a family here. "Contrary to our gypsy past, we really did come to Whistler to settle down," explains Becky. "I wanted to be a mum, wanted to have children. And Whistler — particularly in those days — seemed like just the place for that."

Their first son, Robin, was born in 1992. His brother, Nicolas, came along three years later. Now established in Function Junction — where Yves could have his carpentry shop right next door — the Wenger family thrived in their new environment. "We had everything we wanted right outside our door — riding, skiing, cycling, you name it. And we had loads of friends who loved the same things we did."

Meanwhile, Becky had established her own work path. "Soon after we arrived," she says, "I got a job with Guest Relations at Whistler Mountain. What a great team that was: Dawn Titus, Heather Linsky and so many others — wonderful memories..."

The newcomer slowly moved up through the ranks, eventually took on the role of supervisor for the Guest Relations team at Creekside and then, on a whim, decided to transfer to Reservations. "It wasn't for me," she admits. But fortune was still smiling. Out of the blue, she got a call from a friend who worked at Whistler's Alpine Office. "Becky, I'm retiring," she said. "You should apply for this job. You'd love it."

So that's what she did. And — except for a few brief interludes — she's never left. "It's kinda like being in the mountain's mission control," she explains of her job. Perched high in an office located just above the big clock on the Whistler Mountain Patrol shack, Becky's main task is to make sure the right information gets to the right people. "You work with the patrollers and lift mechanics and groomers. You receive all this data over the phone — everything that goes on in a day — and your job is to make sure it goes through the right channels." She laughs. "It can get pretty stressful, sure. But it suits me perfectly."