As a 14-year resident of this community I have had occasion to wonder what it is about Whistler that brings people here for a season and keeps them here for a lifetime. It wasn’t until I was faced with a crisis that affected me and 26 other families in the community that the answer became obvious.
On Dec. 3, 2008 I finally had my answer. It is Whistler’s incredible sense of community… its ability to stand together during difficult times and help out those around them.
As one of many organizers of the Whistler Children’s Centre Silent Auction, I was amazed by the overwhelming generosity and support we received from the community. Many businesses and individuals came forward to offer donations and support, and volunteer their time and resources to help us make this a success.
On behalf of the Whistler Children’s Centre, the parents and the children of this community I thank you. You have provided hope where there once was a feeling of hopelessness.
As I walk the now echoing halls of the Spring Creek Facility I reminisce about the memories of children playing in the rooms that now lie empty. I find comfort in the fact that no matter what the future holds for the Whistler Children’s Centre, the community of Whistler has spoken. Child care is very important to us as a community and we will take the necessary measures to protect it.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I feel compelled to express my disappointment that Whistler's stakeholders once again fail to see the importance of the village maintaining its uniqueness. Does the village centre need another boring franchise restaurant?
Citta has always been a place to meet, locals and tourists alike, and it is its uniqueness that draws people there. I realize change is an inevitability, but I can only imagine how excited everyone would be if Citta got a facelift instead of an eviction notice.
If Citta goes, do we skip the village altogether? Where will you be...?
It’s about family
Luckily for me, I had the chance to attend the Citta 25th Anniversary Party. While I would not call myself a regular at Citta, I still seemed to know half of the people there, and it’s the one place that pulls me in from Village Square more often unplanned than not.
The vibe was electric and the music amazing. Guitar Doug, Grateful Greg, with Jordan of SSMB on keyboards, played with an even greater sense of joy and passion than their usually impressive shows.