Caroline Lamont, a professional planner and long-time resident of Whistler, has announced she will be a candidate for council in the Nov. 16 municipal election.
Lamont was a member of the Resort Municipality of Whistlers planning staff from 1989 to 1996, working on policy and long-range planning initiatives. From 1997 to 1999 she was Director of Planning Services for the City of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
A mother of two, Lamont says she has a passion for issues facing mountain resort towns and her 13-plus years of living and working in mountain resorts has given her a fundamental understanding of what it takes to maintain a healthy, creative and energized community.
"We must insure that we continue to have a local community to run the resort, practice environmental stewardship and provide imaginative and realistic solutions to the many critical issues that Whistler must deal with in the future," she says. "In order to accomplish this we must foster strong economic and social relationships throughout the corridor, along with lobbying both the provincial and federal governments."
Lamont will be speaking on Youth in Whistler at a major conference on Mountain Resort issues in Colorado at the end of September.
"Whistler has the energy, knowledge, imagination and people to create some incredible direction for the future and I want to be part of the innovative solutions that keep Whistler a great place to live," Lamont says.
A member of the municipalitys Advisory Planning Commission, Lamont is currently working as a planning consultant with Brent Harley and Associates Inc. in Whistler.
An avid mountain biker and WORCA member, she is also an active alpine and cross-country skier and a hockey player. Caroline is married to Grant Lamont. The couple have two children and own a home at 19 Mile Creek.
Lamont is the third candidate to announce they will challenge incumbents for a seat on council. Earlier Gordon McKeever and Ralph Forsyth announced they would seek election as councillors.
Dave Davenport announced in July he will run for mayor.
Among the incumbent council members, Mayor Hugh OReilly and Councillors Stephanie Sloan and Nick Davies have announced they will seek re-election.