A lot has changed for Tyler Mosher since he made his first run for Whistler council back in 1999.
He was married to Tonya Raworth. Together they put a down payment on part of a house on Easy Street and grew their landscaping business from one crew to a successful small business with up to 15 employees during the summer months.
He also broke his back snowboarding and sustained severe spinal cord damage. With the help of new treatments and several months of therapy at the G.F. Strong Rehab Centre in Vancouver, he amazed his doctors by learning to walk again. "Five years ago I would have been in a wheelchair," he says.
Back in Whistler, he started to do the things he enjoyed once again. He has taken up cross-country skiing, and even tried to get back on his snowboard last winter.
The experience, as well as the strong support he received from friends in the community, reminded him why he chose to live in Whistler more than a decade ago.
Now Mosher is 30 years old and is excited to be running for council once again.
"Over the next three years, a lot is going to happen. We will see Whistler reach build-out and the renovations will begin. The Olympics could be coming our way. The province is introducing a Community Charter to give municipalities more power over planning and finances. Whistler is in the process of adopting an environmental, social and economic sustainability framework that is unique in the world," says Mosher.
"At the same time, we hear over and over again that we are losing our soul. The people and families who built this community and made it a success are leaving town because they dont see a viable future in Whistler. We need to meet their needs better."
Mosher has a degree in environmental planning and currently owns and operates TMD Landscapes Ltd. with his wife.
He was a member of the now defunct Advisory Parks and Recreation Commission from 1996 to 1999. After finishing eighth among council candidates in the 1999 election, Mosher remained politically active in Whistler.
As a member of AWARE, he sits on the wetlands committee, the Olympic committee and the Whistler Fisheries Stewardship Group. He is a volunteer fundraiser for B.C. Rehab. This summer he helped to coach the local Whistler Hoary Marmots rugby team.
"Ive always been civic-minded," he says. "I was always on student council back in school and university, and Ive been involved in Whistler groups since I moved here. I go to most of the council meetings and presentations and I know the issues I love this stuff."