The Civic Service Awards are held annually to recognize individuals that bring distinction to themselves and to the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) in volunteer roles through committees and boards of Council.
Committees assist Council and provide opportunities for public involvement in municipal matters. The RMOW has approximately 17 Council-appointed active committees and boards that have external members appointed to them.
Each year, on average, the RMOW engages with 29 community organizations and has over 100 unique individuals participationg in the committees and boards. All involvement in these groups is on a volunteer basis as they contribute their time, knowledge and expertise on a plethora of matters pertaining to Whistler.
The chosen recipients for 2016 were: Jim Charters, Danielle Kristmanson and Arthur DeJong.
- Jim Charters’ award is for his work on the Illegal Spaces Task Force Committee and the Board of Variance. Jim’s construction expertize as the owner of a very successful construction company has informed his practical recommendations that have helped Council develop, refine and apply the Zoning Bylaw. Jim’s nomination praised his astute decisions, passion for the community, and his consideration of how Council decisions affect the character of Whistler’s neighbourhoods.
- Arthur De Jong’s award is for his work on the Forest and Wildland Advisory Committee. Arthur has promoted environmentalism for decades, both in his role as the Manager of Planning and Environmental Resources at Whistler Blackcomb and through his volunteer work including the Whistler Bear Advisory Committee (formerly the Whistler Bear Working Group), Whistler Alliance for Cultural Tourism committee, the Whistler Fisheries Stewardship Group, serving on the board of the Whistler Centre for Sustainability, foreign aid projects and the Vancouver Crisis line. Arthur is passionate about environmental stewardship and he works to find business solutions that reconcile the harm inflicted on the natural environment.
- Danielle Kristmanson’s award is for her work on the Economic Partnership Initiative Committee. Danielle’s nomination describes her as a creative person, with a deep-seated affection for the long-term wellbeing of Whistler, who brings an informative perspective from her unique understanding of the tourism, outdoor sport and recreation industries. Danielle is the President and Creative Director at Origin Design + Communications, an agency specializing in outdoor sport and resort tourism.
- The late Gordon McKeever was recognized for his work on the Forest and Wildland Advisory Committee where he was the chair for five years until his passing on July 5, 2016. In addition to Gordon’s committee work, he operated a property management company and served two terms on Whistler’s Council from 2002 to 2008. Gordon was known for his firm, fair hand when tackling complex public and commercial recreation, habitat and forestry questions on the committee. He was also instrumental in bringing the Sea to Sky Trail and the Sea to Sky Marine Trail (Howe Sound) to life and in serving on the Whistler Housing Authority board for four years, two as chair of the board.
From left to right:
Libby McKeever, Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden,
Jim Charters, Dannielle Kristmanson and Arthur DeJong
To learn more about committes go to Committees and Boards.