It is a year now since my dear friend Jill Ackhurst lost her fight to cancer. Although her death has left an aching void in the hearts of her family and friends her spirit and her legacy live on in the many community projects she espoused. Jill’s communities not only included Whistler, but such far-flung places as Tanzania and Malaysia. She was a true citizen of the world, crossing borders with ease and embracing other cultures with grace and empathy.
It was Jill who recognized the need for our community to welcome our seasonal transient workers and she who came up with a plan that has now blossomed into a week-long welcome program. In honour of her memory, the final event, a communal meal where locals host tables of newcomers, has been named the Jill Ackhurst Welcome Dinner.
Her family recently fulfilled a commitment that Jill made to help the street children of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Jill was diagnosed with cancer only days before she and husband Peter were to fly to Africa to work on this project.
The Jill Ackhurst Social Action Fund, has been established in her memory and will provide annual grants to projects aimed at addressing current social issues in the Sea to Sky corridor. Donations may be made to the Community Foundation of Whistler. Please contribute and help keep her memory alive and as vibrant as she was herself.
"When the music’s over...
...turn out the lights." (The Doors).
Well I must say, "slightly perturbed" is a major understatement as to how I felt when reading that our very own Bestsellers is closing shop. I am not even sure where to begin. We talk of sustainability, unique village environment, boutique shopping... Bogus! I have spent, quite literally, thousands of dollars in this store – their reception was always way above par, the service outstanding, their ability to get CDs and DVDs in upon request next to none. And now, hasta la vista.
So, here we are, once again being pointed "down 99" to Park Royal to get music, movies, et al. And what will become of the Bestsellers unit in the future? Yet another store selling fleeces with the W/B logo on it? Another vacation property rental store front? How about a ski/board rental shop?
I realize it is the doing of Larco's financial penchant that's causing Garth, Dennis, and the rest of the crew to abandon ship, but it really irks me to see one of the truly unique and "locally intended" stores being closed. Along with the talks of London Drugs, re-zoning this, property-allocations that, I'm really starting to wonder just where the hell Whistler is going to end up. Another suburb of West Vancouver?