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She points to an experience her son had riding the chairlift at the bike park while older kids smoked a joint beside him.
"Is that normal? Is that how people behave in other towns? I dont think so. I think that thats something thats a little bit different because we have a certain demographic," said Jewett. "We have a demographic that is closer to college campus than a normal community, whatever normal is."
In addition to social marketing to help people understand that this isnt just a party town, its a real community, Jewett said there also needs to be an understanding at municipal hall that younger kids need successful, stimulating after-school programs.
She is looking for candidates that have a strong community connection, that understand how municipal hall works and who are concerned about the real livability issues facing residents of the town. And they need to be able to make the tough decisions.
"When it comes down to it its going to be tight timelines, its going to be nose to the grindstone, and its going to be, OK the decision has to be made now and make it," she said.
In spite of the problems of the past and the sheer volume of work expected in the future, voters were optimistic about Whistlers future.
The Bombardier conference last month brought hundreds of delegates to the resort, where they enjoyed some sunny fall weather. Koning, who talked to many of the delegates first hand as they shopped in his stores, said they were impressed and excited with what they saw here.
"Weve had some incredible world challenges that no one could have possibly predicted," said local financial planner Wendell Moore. "Can we get up there again?" he asked. "I dont see why not. Im an eternal optimist. For every bad year were going to have a couple of good years and its just a question of taking the time when you have those bad years to reflect. Reflection is absolutely, absolutely necessary. If youre going to do any planning, no matter what it is, you have to reflect. Its the most important thing."