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Whistler youth being studied

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Whistler’s next generation, or Whistler’s lost generation?

Professional planner Caroline Lamont is working on a paper titled Future Generations in a Mountain Resort Town, to be presented at a conference in Steamboat Springs, Colorado in September, and she wants to hear from anyone 16 years or older who grew up in Whistler for her case study.

"Steamboat, Aspen and other mountain resorts have several generations living there," Lamont says. "Their vision for a place is stronger than that of people who just arrived in town. They grew up with it."

Whether Whistler’s next generation is still here or has moved on is part of Lamont’s study. Either way she would like to hear from people 16-25 who grew up in Whistler between 1975 and 2002.

She has prepared a survey which asks simple questions about youths’ future plans and preferences as they relate to Whistler. The paper will consider what role this generation will have for Whistler’s future and whether long-range planning initiatives can recognize the resources of these people.

The surveys will support a research paper Lamont plans to present at the Mountain Resort Planning and Development in an Era of Globalization conference in September. The conference is supported by Colorado University, University of Denver and Simon Fraser University.

The survey will take less than five minutes to complete. To get a copy of the survey or for further information call Lamont at 604-938-1799 or e-mail clamont@telus.net

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