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New faces joining Whistler Housing Authority board

Dale Mikkelsen appointed director; G.D. Maxwell to fill employee housing community representative role

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Some new faces are joining the board of the Whistler Housing Authority (WHA), while one long-serving member has moved on.

"Following a public expression of interest to fill the vacant seat on the WHA board, Dale Mikkelsen was successfully appointed as the new director," Crompton said in his mayor's report at the Aug. 13 council meeting.

"In addition, G.D. Maxwell was successfully appointed to the new position of employee housing community representative."

Former board chair Michael Hutchison resigned in April after 11 years on the board.

As the head of Squamish-based Bethel Lands Corp., some viewed Hutchison's role on the WHA board as a potential conflict of interest given that his company had actively marketed its affordable housing in Squamish to Whistler residents (see Pique, March 7).

Asked if the perceived conflict had anything to do with Hutchison moving on, Crompton said that after 11 years, it was simply "time served."

"He has moved housing a long way down the path in this valley, and I think he saw it as an opportunity to move on to other things," he said.

At the start of the year, newly elected councillors Duane Jackson, John Grills and Jen Ford rejoined the WHA board as Whistler council's appointees. All three have previously served on the board.

Other members include Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) Chief Administrative Officer Mike Furey, Jonathan Decaigny and Brian Good, along with Colin Pitt-Taylor, the community's elected resident housing representative, and Michael d'Artois, the Mature Action Community's designated seniors' housing representative.

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