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 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.
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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.
Whistler’s Council presented three Civic Service Awards to recognize Josie Chuback, Kirk Hulse and Mandy Rousseau for their volunteer contributions on Council committees and boards. This is the sixth year that Civic Service Awards were presented to acknowledge Council committee and board volunteers for their achievements and service to the Whistler community.
Josie Chuback's award is for her work on the Recreation Leisure Advisory Committee. The Recreation Leisure Advisory Committee is a select Committee of Council focused on matters related to the provision and delivery of indoor and outdoor recreation and leisure opportunities, services and issues, working to achieve a balance between infrastructure and Whistler’s unique natural environment. Josie has been part of the Recreation Leisure Advisory Committee for several years and took over as chair last year. Josie has been a valuable member, noted for her attention to detail and care for every topic discussed. She is also a member of the Whistler Public Library Board of Trustees.
Kirk’s award is for his work on the Technology Advisory Committee. The committee provides impartial professional technology advice and digital thought leadership to Council on issues referred by Council or community input. Kirk has been a committed volunteer on the committee since its inception, and the Technology Advisory Committee has greatly benefited from Kirk’s expertise in technology that stems from his extensive private sector IT experience combined with on the ground knowledge of the Whistler community.
Mandy Rousseau's award is for her work on the Whistler Public Library Board of Trustees. The Whistler Public Library Board of Trustees work with the Library Director and staff to help make the Whistler Public Library a dynamic, progressive, and inspiring place. Specifically, the Board, along with the Resort Municipality of Whistler, oversees fiscal responsibility for the library, helping to determine strategic priorities, and developing policies. The Library Board has benefited greatly from Mandy’s extensive technology knowledge and her professional experience as Marketing and Communications Manager at the Squamish and Lil’wat Cultural Centre and formerly the Development Officer for Arts Whistler. During her two years as trustee, Mandy served as Chair of the Library Fundraising Committee and the designated board liaison to the Friends of the Library. While on the Library Board, Mandy streamlined the library’s processes for collecting donation information for the Rotary and Cornucopia silent auctions. She was also instrumental in helping the Board develop strategies for continuing to raise funds to support infrastructure improvements at the library.