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Letters to the Editor for the week of April 26th, 2012

Delivering another memorable Telus Festival

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As a result of a chronic knee injury suffered six years ago while skiing on Whistler, I have not been able to ski since and did not think I would ever get a chance to ski with friends and family again.

All that changed this season thanks to the amazing team at WASP who introduced me to the world of sit skiing. Thanks to their tireless efforts, incredible support, skills, patience and encouragement I can now enjoy the freedom of skiing down the mountain once more.

These guys run an incredible program and make the seemingly impossible, possible!  I cannot thank them enough for getting me back on the snow and for putting up with me during the learning curve!!

I am already dreaming about next season! Thanks a million!

Justine (Chompy) Sproat

West Vancouver

AWARE GETS NEW MEETING PLACE

Since last summer the Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment (AWARE) has been unable to find a venue sponsor for its public meetings. These meetings had long created a platform for knowledge sharing and debate, with local speakers focusing on issues relevant to the community. Now, thanks to a new networking group for Whistler non-profits, AWARE will be bringing back its public speaker meetings.

The brainchild of the Community Foundation of Whistler, these informal networking sessions seek to create opportunities for local non-profit groups to work together. Each session is loosely based on a topic of interest, with social media and fundraising being topics thus far. As with many networking sessions, the sharing of knowledge and information relating to the chosen topic is often invaluable, but it is from the side chats and meandering of discussions that solutions are created.

It was during such a meandering that the Whistler Museum offered to stay open late to provide a space for AWARE's public meetings. Having the opportunity to share the space of such a fantastic community amenity is much more than we had hoped for. So we want to say a huge thanks to the CFOW for making this possible and to Alix and Leah of Whistler Museum for offering to change their schedules to accommodate us, it is hugely appreciated.

AWARE's public meeting will now be found at the Whistler Museum, on the first Wednesday of each odd-numbered month (six events annually), from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The next meeting will be Wednesday, May 2, and we will be hosting the Whistler Centre for Sustainability on the role of sustainability planning in Whistler and other communities. The monthly Green Drinks will follow the meeting @ Blacks Pub, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.