Although I try and keep myself reasonably informed I must have missed a recent announcement regarding Millennium Place.
Over the last few years I certainly heard Mayor Hugh OReilly as he asked for contributions towards the construction of the copper-roofed "Heart of Whistler." I was equally attentive when council rushed the decision to have us taxpayers guarantee $2 million of MY Places fund-raising shortfall. What I must have missed is the wonderful news that the municipality is now off the hook and MY Place is debt free.
I assume Millennium Place is now paid for because our mayor (along with Pamela Martin) is asking for more money, not for MY Place but towards the new $9 million library-museum (the "Educational Heart of Whistler"). Surely our politicians wouldnt start such an irresponsible thing as fund-raising for a new project if we still had a shortfall on the last one.
Perhaps this is once again just poor communication from our leadership. Maybe at the next council meeting we will hear the tremendous news of the recent termination of Millennium Places $2 million guarantee.
I was at Benny's Market in Vancouver Saturday, March 16, doing a photo shoot and discussing a job, when the conversation turned to Whistler. Janice Benedetti, one of the owners of the store, said that her friend was just killed in a car crash while coming home from Whistler on Sunday March 10. We talked in general terms about the person who was in this single car crash, but as she revealed more information about her friend, I began to realize that I may know who she's talking about. My fears were indeed realized when Janice told me the name of her friend, Roy Bissett.
Roy was, for three years, my crew chief when I worked as a Whistler Weasel Worker. A good and kind person, Roy was full of life and always had an interesting or funny story to tell. He was for many years a member of the Vancouver Fire Department, so you can imagine some of the things he had done and seen. Roy was the kind of guy who worked hard, and truly enjoyed his off-time in the company of friends. I admired Roy for the way he always led by example and for always having at the ready a kind and encouraging word for others.
I can't say that I knew Roy well, but he did, in the short time that I knew him, leave a positive impression on my life. Roy Bissett will not be forgotten.