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Paul Mathews

Whistler

 

2010 Year in Review

This year was one of extreme highs and lows. The good news is that the highs greatly overshadowed the low points, which can be resolved over time.

Games

You have to feel a little sorry for the naysayers. Virtually none of their predictions came true - with a few exceptions - no wasted money, no debt, minimal environmental impacts, no disenfranchised, and no protests after the early fiasco in Vancouver.

We must find ways to celebrate this success as often as we can. Against a backdrop of unease about the global economy, it serves us well to keep our spirits high and remember our capacity to accomplish great deeds.

The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games rocked. As the Host Mountain Resort, it was Whistler at its best. It was a role we defined and then lived. We realized the dreams of the town fathers, and the experience becomes the defining event encapsulating our success to date.

The list of successes and legacies is too long to list, but, ultimately, the true test of the Games is the platform that has been built to face the future. We are well-positioned internationally; relationships are stronger than ever within the resort and with our external partners. We can go forward with heads held high, meeting the future together.

Staff

The staff at the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) are amazing, and possibly the most under-recognized contributors to the resort's success. From the top guy, to the people out on the grounds, they are a proud hard-working team committed to this community.

Our Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Bill Barratt, deserves a huge thanks and enormous credit. He has guided the senior management team in building an award-winning corporate culture, a hard-working highly motivated staff, and a collaborative relationship with the resort partners.

The achievements that have been completed out of the hall are significant, and continue to show innovative and creative approaches to community building that are the envy of our competitors and peer communities. They quietly work behind the scenes meeting challenges head-on, making the difficult look easy.

Although many projects are multi-year, much has happened in 2010. To name a few, a merger of the Whistler Arts Council and Maurice Young Millennium Place Societies was facilitated, Whistler Olympic Plaza is nearly ready for its next phase, and a money saving energy retrofit was completed at Meadow Park Sports Centre.