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Music teacher wins Citizen of the Year

Alison Hunter 40th citizen to win award



All of the nominees for the 2009 Citizen of the Year award can carry a tune, but Alison Hunter's volunteer work with three children's choirs, the Used Book Sale to benefit the library, the public art committee and musical contributions to community events put her on top.

"It's a great honour," she said, referring to the past winners. "It's fantastic that we live in a town with so many volunteers, and there are so many deserving people n this community.

"I also have to thank my family, I couldn't do everything without the support of my kids and my husband."

Hunter noted that a lot of her friends have received the award over the years, and that she will be nominating other friends to receive the award in the future.

"Now where's my parking pass?" she joked, referring to a new system where the Citizen of the Year would get a pass allowing them to park in public pay lots instead of a designated space at the Telus Whistler Conference Centre underground.

The other two nominees this year were Janet Hamer, the long-standing director of the Whistler Secondary musical and a regular volunteer at the high school, and Stephany Smith, chair of the Whistler Children's Centre board of directors.