Residents were greeted at the Whistler Conference Centre entrance by municipal staff members in one-piece ski suits, and local writer Leslie Anthony appeared in character as Hunter S. Thompson to talk to the crowd.
“Who is Whistler?” Anthony asked while photos of Whistler past and present showed on a screen behind him. “Use your voice; your outside voice. Shout it from the mountain tops.”
Wednesday's workshop was the latest initiative designed to engage residents and seek feedback on what community members want from the OCP.
Grade 11 student Ali Calladine said after the meeting that she thought it was a successful event. Calladine is the youth representative on the OCP Community Advisory Group.
“There were a ton of great discussions,” she said. “Just by going around and reading all the (information) boards, they are extremely educational and very straightforward so even someone in high school could easily read them.”
According to Whistlerite Susan Anderson, the meeting was informative. She's concerned about the future of her community.
“I think there's a few problems we're looking at right now that we could get under control,” she said.
The hydrogen buses and the number of affordable rental housing units on the market right now are two such concerns, she said.