On Sunday November 4, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) will hold an official naming and dedication ceremony for the Andrée Vajda Janyk Sports Field at Cheakamus Crossing.
The field will be named in honour of the late Whistler Councillor Andrée Vajda Janyk.
Andrée was known for her passion for the Whistler community, and she volunteered thousands of hours to support local and regional initiatives. She received many honours in recognition of her commitment and was named Whistler’s Citizen of the Year in 2010.
After serving as a School Trustee for 12 years, Andrée was elected to Whistler Council in 2011 and 2014. Andrée passed away in 2017. She will be remembered for her tremendous contribution to Whistler and especially to youth, education and sport development.
Among Andrée’s long list of legacies, she was instrumental in growing youth soccer in Whistler. The field will provide an improved outdoor playing surface in Whistler, and help meet the community’s high demand for sport fields now and into the future.
Whistler Council voted unanimously to name the new sports field in Andrée Janyk’s honour on October 2, 2018.
“Andrée was a very engaged and passionate soccer coach and referee, and naming this field after her is just a wonderful tribute to her life and contributions to the community,” said Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden. “From all of us in the community, thank you Andrée for your tireless work, commitment and dedication. You are dearly missed.”
The naming and dedication ceremony is scheduled for Sunday November 4 from 3 to 3:30 p.m. The event will take place at the new sports field and will include a sign unveiling, speeches, and cake. Whistler Mayor and Council, along with Andrée’s family and members of the Whistler Youth Soccer Club will be in attendance.
Construction of the sports field began in July 2018. The Andrée Vajda Janyk Sports Field will open to the public in the spring of 2019. Details of the grand opening will be forthcoming.
Learn more at whistler.ca/AVJsportsfield.