The Games are over and apparently the world is our oyster. Success can be measured in many ways and we will debate this topic for weeks and years to come no doubt.
I have so many great memories and experiences so it is hard to pick a favourite. What did strike me on the evening of Feb. 5, the arrival of the Olympic flame in Whistler, was how vibrant and buzzing the village was. It took me back to the 1990s when Whistler was cool! We worked harder, reached higher and "no we can't do that" was not in our vocabulary.
Sightseeing lifts get built every year, the Olympics happen every two years. Whistler has two fantastic ski mountains, incredible lakes, great backcountry and much more that brought the original settlers years ago. The world has always been our oyster. How we welcome the world determines whether the oyster produces pearls for years to come.
Don't flush money away
Grant Lamont has a valid point that now is not the time to throw a $150,000 party for us locals. Money is tight and after the last five weeks most everyone is already partied out.
Better to put the whole $150,000 into one big Olympic Legacy rather than split it into small amounts or put it back into general revenue. My suggestion would be to start a fund to build a sewer line down Alta Lake Road. Andy and Florence Petersen and the other families on Westside Road have waited long enough.
B.C. has shown the world
There is nothing that B.C. can't do. We've just hosted the best Olympic Winter Games celebration ever and showed that there is no limit to what we can accomplish if we put our collective hearts and minds to it. And the Paralympic Games weren't just an echo of the Winter Games, they have sounded the charge anew.
As a British Columbian of Greek ancestry I am doubly proud of what we've shown the world about this province and everything it has to offer. The environmentally-friendly venues built for these Games made them the greenest Olympics in history and drew attention to the leading role B.C. is playing in the global transition to renewable energy sources and clean technologies.
Every time I look up at Grouse Mountain and the new wind turbine they've installed, I'm reminded of how much potential we've been given to work with in this wonderful province and how much we have to give to the world from our richness. We have the resources, we have the brains, we have the leadership and vision. And we've shown that we can do it like no other place on earth.