About us

Our Story

Founded in 1999, the Whistler Community Foundation manages donations as long term investments, grants money to local charities and engages the community through Whistler’s Vital Signs.

The Whistler Community Foundation is investing in a thriving community where charities have a long term source of stable funding to support their full range of programs and services. As the only local option for creating a permanent personal legacy for your community, we help you to support the causes that you care about.

Mission and Vision

The Whistler Community Foundation is the steward of money gifted to the community and provides grants in the areas of environment, arts & culture, social service and education.

Our vision is to be impactful in supporting the charities and organizations that address evolving community needs.

Whistler Community Foundation
PO Box 1184 Whistler, BC V0N 1B0
Voicemail: 604-935-8080
Email: info@whistlerfoundation.com

Sue Lawther Board Member


Board Chair, Chair of the Jill Ackhurst Social Action and Governance Committees​

Sue is a retired development consultant and certified Six Sigma Black Belt. A long time Whistler resident, Sue and her husband Les, are the past owner/operators of Whistler Exclusive Properties, Haven Property Management and Dunhill Real Estate Research.

Scott Pass Board Member


Board Vice Chair, Chair of Fund Development Committee and member of Communications & Marketing Committee

Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Scott moved to Whistler in 1995, where he and his wife Maureen have made their home. Scott believes strongly in the mandate of the Whistler Community Foundation and how legacy funding can benefit people and programs that are critical to ensuring the success of Whistler as an inclusive community.


Director, member of Fund Development committee

Greg moved to Whistler in 1993 from Brandon, Manitoba. Up until his retirement in 2020, he enjoyed a long career at RBC, managing the portfolios of commercial, public sector and not for profit clients in the Sea to Sky Corridor.

Throughout his time in Whistler, he has volunteered with Big Brothers and Sisters, and Whistler Mountain Ski Patrol. He also served as past Chair of the Whistler Chamber of Commerce.

Today, he continues his volunteer efforts as an active member, Treasurer and Director with Whistler Search and Rescue Society.

Greg is passionate about the community he serves and the Foundation’s vision of sustaining a caring and vibrant Whistler.

R Douglas Board Member


Past Chair, Member of the Finance and Investment, Executive and Governance and Nominating Committees

Robin’s finance career began in 1971 and in 1979, he was awarded with one of the most prestigious designations in the finance sector- the Fellowship of the Canadian Securities Institute. Robin earned his certificate in Business Family Advising from the Sauder School of Business of the University of British Columbia in the inaugural class of 2009.  Robin believes in a strong connection with the community and is a committed Shawinigan Lake School Alumni and advisor to several foundations. He is focused on active work-life balance and in his spare time enjoys improving his personal fitness, fishing and spending time with his wife, three children and twin grandchildren.

Debbie Smythe Board Member


Director, Chair of the Community Grants Committee and Citizen of the Year Selection Committee, member of Jill Ackhurst Social Action Committee

Debbie moved “west” to Whistler from Calgary in 1978.   The adventure of moving to Whistler and being part of the transformation of Whistler to a beautiful destination resort enjoyed by both locals and guests has been a wonderful and impactful experience. Deborah worked in the hospitality industry in a variety of roles, including general manager of the Whistler Conference Centre, hotel manager, director of sales and marketing, Whistler Spirit facilitator, and an employee and volunteer with the Whistler Olympics. Debbie was honoured to receive “A Whistler Classic” award in 1997 and the Whistler Citizen of the Year Award in 1998.

Sharon Broatch Board Member


Director, Chair of the Vital Signs Committee

Sharon has lived full time in Whistler for over 30 years and raised her two daughters in this community. She was part of the public education system as a teacher and school principal in both Whistler and Pemberton since 1986. Sharon served on various nonprofit boards including the Dandelion Daycare Society, the Whistler Arts Council and the Whistler Public Library.

Her interests in the Whistler Community Foundation include community-based endeavors, scholarships, youth based programming, and indigenous community connections. She brings experience in working with diverse groups to facilitate respectful and effective communication and cooperative initiatives.

Paul Dorland Board Member


Director, member of Finance and Investment, Communications and Marketing committees

Paul has been a full time Whistler resident since 2014, having migrated west from Toronto like so many others in Whistler. After raising a family back east and working as an equity trader and Investment Banker, Paul is happy to now call Whistler home. 

With a fresh appreciation for the vibrancy of the Whistler Community, Paul has participated as a Volunteer Mountain Ski Host, guided groups on Whistler Tasting Tours, and assisted as a cross country ski Patroller. “I feel very fortunate to live in such a special thriving community and it’s a pleasure to help foster and grow Whistler’s special attributes through the Community Foundation of Whistler.” ~ Paul

Gizem Kaya Board Member


Director, member of Fund Development and Communication and Marketing committees

Gizem works as the Program & Community Development Manager at Whistler Community Services (WCSS). She’s acted in a few different roles with WCSS, from Food Bank Coordinator to Outreach Worker. 

Gizem was born and raised in Turkey, and is passionate about Sustainable Community Development, Social Justice Issues and has worked for a range of high-profile Environmental Organizations.

Board Member


Director, member of Jill Ackhurst Social Action grants committee


Director, Chair of Communications and Marketing Committee

Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tom decided to immigrate to Canada after falling in love with the country during a university exchange program in Quebec.

After finishing his studies, Tom settled in Vancouver where he worked for 5 years in the film industry.

He then moved to Whistler and decided to switch careers to hospitality, where he was responsible for managing events for one of the main hotels in town.

Eventually he became involved with the Whistler Community Foundation by joining the Communications Committee. His involvement with the Foundation grew and in 2020 he became part of the Board of Directors.

Tom currently works for the Whistler Chamber of Commerce and loves every minute he spends in the beautiful mountain town he is proud to call home.


Director, member of Fund Development and Communication and Marketing committees

Donna has lived full time in Whistler for over 20 years. She has worked in various positions over the years including not for profit organizations, the Olympics, IRONMAN and the RMOW. She brings experience in volunteer recruitment, training and management from both a staff and volunteer perspective.

Donna joined the WCF board with a commitment to further its work of helping local charities address the needs in our community a greater impact to our community.

J walker Board Member


Treasurer, Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee

John is a Chartered Accountant with over 40 years of business experience progressing from public accounting and consulting to Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Development roles. He has experience working in Canada, the UK, Australia and the United States for both large and small enterprises. John and his wife are passionate volunteers and have been heavily involved in supporting various nonprofits in Whistler for over 30 years.

Claire Mozes Executive Director


Executive Director, member of Governance and Executive, Finance and Investment, Fund Development, Communications and Marketing, and Vital Signs committees

Having lived and worked in Whistler and its local non-profits since 2005, she brings a wealth of experience to the Community Foundation of Whistler. Claire works from a positive, solution focused perspective and is driven to find ways to balance community needs with available resources.

Like most people in Whistler her passions include getting outside and enjoying the mountains, lakes and trails alongside her friends and family. 

Lisa Severn Staff Member


Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator, Chair Communications and Marketing committee

Lisa has been a Whistler resident since 1997 and in her first 10-years in Whistler, Lisa enjoyed a career in training and course development for the Canadian Snowboard Instructors Association and Whistler Blackcomb. After realizing her budget for toe warmers was out of control, she retired from instructing.

For 5-years, she worked in the intense world of healthcare, only to realize the pace was never going to slow. With a desire for simplicity, Lisa enrolled at the University of Calgary to study marketing and technical writing. During her studies, she started freelancing.

Over the years, Lisa expanded her skills to include everything digital media. And she has developed a special interest in chasing light with her camera. You might even want to say hello when you see her out shooting landscapes in the frosty mornings. 

Libby McKeever Vital Signs Staff Member


Whistler’s Vital Signs Project Coordinator

Libby moved from Australia to be a full time Whistler resident over 35 years ago and together with her husband Gord, raised their two girls here. After completing her Masters, she became Youth Services Librarian at the Whistler Public Library.

Libby has served on a number of boards including; the Whistler Children Centre, the Whistler Public Library, Whistler Skating Club, Whistler Community Services Society and the Whistler Writing Society.