Age: Young at heart
Occupation: Director Stephanie Sloan Women Only program
Volunteerism: Whistler Community Arts Council member and vice-chair; library board; public art committee
Skier, biker, skate skier
Last book read: Good News for a Change, by David Suzuki and Holly Dressel
Why are you running for council again?
Ive sat at the council table for six years now and during that time Ive worked hard on Whistlers behalf, and have accomplished I feel so much. Its very difficult to give that up. You want to continue with the work youve been doing.
Im running again to complete on some of the major policy and planning initiatives that weve established, and on the process that weve established.
What are the major accomplishments/failures of the last council?
Some of the things weve accomplished are The Natural Step. Were the first town in North America to adopt it, and Im very, very proud of that.
Weve completed the environmental strategy and the transportation plan, and I want to make sure these things are acted on. The threat is if another council gets in, or council member, that that wont be a priority any longer. The community asked us to make our natural environment a priority, because obviously its what Whistlers all about and so important.
We built 4,000 employee housing units. Of course, affordability and employee housing is a very hot topic and something thats a real problem issue for Whistler that needs to be solved. I want to continue working on that.
Weve also started the very comprehensive exercise of Whistler. Its Our Future . Its a planning exercise that involves the whole community and is very important in establishing what were going to look like in five, 10, 20 years from now. Its so important because were about to reach build out. Whistler is at a crossroads really. Weve gone from a development-based community to hopefully to a sustainability-based community. We have to figure out how to do that.
Another major accomplishment, last week we endorsed the 2010 Olympic bid. We worked long and hard over the last four years in negotiating with the province and the bid committee to achieve everything we set out to do, based on our guiding principles. We asked for lasting legacies. One of those lasting legacies that will help us address the affordability issue, hopefully, is the land bank. Its 300 acres in the Callaghan Valley, or a smaller site, the Cheakamus site, across from Function Junction. If the planning process with Whistler. Its Our Future endorses that direction I see it as a very good solution to our employee housing problem. Not one, be-all and end-all solution, but one part of the solution.