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Shelley Phelan


Campaign Slogan: No hard sell, just vote for Shel"

Age: 46

Occupation: Entrepreneur in investment management, single parent

Volunteerism: Myrtle Philip school, position on the District Parental Advisory Committee.

Skier, biking, golfing

Hobbies: Wind surfing, inline skating, multi-sports enthusiast, writing, camping, and anything with 6-year-old son

Web site: N/A

Last book read: What Matters Most: The Power of Living Your Values by Hyrum W. Smith

Why are you running for council?

I have the time now to think beyond home life and family life now that my son is in the First Grade.

I’m very excited where Whistler is at right now and what’s on the horizon, like the Olympics. In the big picture, we could go in any number of directions, and I want to make sure we go where the community wants, in the best interests of what we have here.

It’s a great place to live, but it’s not without concerns right now.

I also think that I have a lot to offer, fresh ideas, fresh blood. The people there (in council) have done a great job, but I think council could benefit from some new energy.

I started to get more involved last year in a community issue – the school zoning issue, which is near to my heart. The whole issue of the WEF and the way that was handled also spoke to me.

Becoming involved felt good, it was exciting, and I wanted to do more of it.

What are the major accomplishments/failures of council since the last election?

Council has done some really good things, and that’s going back six years because most of council has been there that long. The Whistler Housing Authority has made huge progress under (council).

I’ve been very impressed with our position on the Olympics. We’ve made great headway, and council held out for a legacies package which is excellent.

The sustainability initiatives, once they are implemented, are excellent. (council) really brought it to the forefront of people’s minds – not just in Whistler, but they have reached even further, introducing the concept to others like the Olympic Bid Corporation.

On the downside, there is still a long way to go.

We still have a resident housing problem, and it’s been the same since day one. We have to stay on top of it so that demand doesn’t continue to overwhelm supply.

(Housing) has to be beefed up to meet business demands, or it will erode the quality of service, or the product we have in Whistler.

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