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.
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Committees assist Council and provide opportunities for public involvement in municipal matters. The RMOW has 20 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 more than 100 individuals volunteering on the committees and boards.
Whistler’s Council presented three Civic Service Awards to recognize Bill Murray, Crosland Doak and Dale Mikkelsen for their volunteer contributions on Council committees and boards. This is the fifth year that Civic Service Awards were presented to acknowledge Council committee and board volunteers for their achievements and service to the Whistler community.
The 2019 Civic Service Award Nomination Period ran from September 3 through September 20, 2019.
In order to be eligible for a Civic Service Award Nominees must be an active member of a Resort Municipality of Whistler Committee in a volunteer or unpaid role. RMOW staff are exempt from receiving a Civic Service Award.
The chosen recipients for 2018 were: Bill Murray, Crosland Doak and Dale Mikkelsen.
- Bill Murray’s award is for his work on the Transportation Advisory Group (TAG). During his tenure, TAG have made significant contributions to Whistler’s transportation and parking such as implementing paid parking in Day Lot 4 and 5 during peak periods to manage capacity in busy times and subsidizing free weekend transit which has resulted in increased ridership. Most recently, TAG developed the new long-term Whistler Transportation Action Plan providing a course for important and effective transportation planning from now until 2028. Bill brings his extensive knowledge and professional experience in charter and motor coach operations to TAG. His nomination noted his ability to channel his expertise to help stimulate conversation and debate.
- Crosland Doak also received his award for his volunteer contributions to the Transportation Advisory Group. Crosland was also a valued member of TAG during the significant transportation accomplishments for Whistler over the past two years. Crosland brought his professional experience as a landscape architect to TAG, offering a developer’s perspective to transportation discussions and solutions. Crosland’s nomination noted his contribution to both the long-term Transportation Action Plan and the transportation goals in the revised Official Community Plan.
- Dale Mikkelsen received his award for his contributions as Chair of the Advisory Design Panel. Dale has been a committed volunteer on the panel since 2013, during which he has also served as co-Chair in 2016 and Chair since 2017. The panel provides advice to municipal staff and Council on matters relating to development proposals and policies affecting Whistler’s built environment. The Advisory Design Panel has greatly benefited from Dale’s expertise in land development and sustainable technologies. His nomination noted the invaluable contribution of his impartial professional advice for development proposal considerations and policies affecting Whistler’s physical environment.
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