Here is part of my thank-you speech for my recent Harvest Hoedown fundraiser. I was happily shocked at the outpouring of financial support. But really, even without the money, there was enough love and support in the room to cure cancer:
"To the Wildwood owners and staff for volunteering the space and person-power; to the tennis club for a huge kid-friendly place.
My coffee posse and dear friends for being the first to say, "let's raise some money!"
Sam and Susan for saying, "yeah we're ALL IN honey."
Kasi and Rachael for event planning extraordinaire.
Susan and Linda for doing "everything auction" with perfect flare.
Paula for knowing her way around a website,
Tess for creating a ribbon necklace so bright.
Pique Newsmagazine for the beautiful ad.
The Whistler Question for tickets so rad.
Alison Taylor and CBCN for launching my media advocacy career.
Amy for her crazy "hoedown" idea.
All who donated the food, the drink and to the silent auction —
Your art, your skill, your "Best of Whistler" options.
All the volunteers — too many to mention.
We all know you run this town full of good intention.
To the anonymous foundationfor making a big surprise donation.
To Tara for keeping the event rolling with smashing narration.
Glenn for the best Tracy Chapman cover back in high school.
Community band for playing the jazz, oh so cool.
Jeremy for the music that helped me get through this time, and last.
Scriptease for the improv — wasn't that a blast?
Heather, Chantal and the Vibe Tribe for the healing beauty of dance.
Our very own DJ Peacefrog for providing a groovy trance.
Carol and Yuko for reminding us to BELIEVE
that there is grace and beauty in cancer and a long healthy life to achieve.
My husband, my children, and family who support me with their unconditional love,
and finally, all of you who came here to support me and my family — I'm in awe of.
Believe in your town.
Believe in the miracle of modern medicine working together with the natural world to achieve a cure.
I love and thank you all from the bottom of my heart."
I'm not coming to Whistler anymore
So I've been living in Whistler for over two years now, but my Dad has been coming to Whistler on ski vacations for over a decade.
I received a phone call from him the other day asking, "Should we start planning our ski trip to Colorado again for next year? I'm not coming to Whistler anymore."
Residing in Ontario he usually likes to come and ski out West once a year.
Our experience in Colorado last winter far surpassed any recent trips to Whistler. Customer service was far better, the weather was great and our dollar goes along way these days.
Understand, my father is 63, retired and likes to ski groomers on sunny days.
Whistler no longer appeals to him.
Should Whistler Blackcomb be worried about the baby boomers that make up so much of the population choosing other destinations?
I believe they should.