Whistler Citizen of the Year

Whistler’s Longest Standing Celebration

Help Find Whistler's 2022 Citizen of the Year

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The Whistler Excellence Awards are our chance to celebrate Whistler’s innovators, trailblazers and community cultivators! Whistler’s business and community awards build brands and honour local legends.

Hosted by the Whistler Chamber in partnership with Whistler Community Foundation, the Whistler Arts Council, AWARE and presented by BlueShore Financial – the evening is dedicated to honouring excellence in the areas of service, innovation, sustainability, outstanding leadership in the arts, business and community service.

New this year is the Emerging Business of the Year, awarded to a business who has recently emerged in our community and demonstrates exceptional promise for continued growth.

The 2022 Whistler Excellence Awards show is returning back to a LIVE in-person event at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler!

You won’t want to miss out on the action this year – make sure you sign up for our Biz Updates for information on ticket sales in the coming months!

Whistler Chamber of Commerce

Established in 1969

The Whistler Citizen of the Year Award keeps outstanding community builders front of mind. Whistler Community Foundation is honoured with the task of selecting the annual recipient of this prestigious award.

The Whistler Citizen of the Year is an outstanding community builder who contributes significant volunteer time to enhancing the quality of life in Whistler. This individual demonstrates extraordinary leadership and community service outside of employment. Well-respected in the community, they inspire others with their caring and positive attitude and spirit of cooperation.

Award Criteria

An eligible candidate

  • is an individual – couples must be submitted as two individual nominees
  • may live outside of Whistler, however each candidate will be reviewed solely on their volunteer contributions to the Whistler community
  • may be of any age
  • is recognized for their volunteer contributions
  • volunteers their time, outside of the realm of their employment, in one or more activities or with one or more community organizations
  • demonstrates a positive attitude
  • works respectfully with others in the spirit of cooperation
  • is an exemplary leader who displays honesty and integrity
  • has made a lasting impact on a variety of community members or aspects of community life
  • continuously inspires others to give to the community

The Whistler Citizen of the Year award is presented annually at the Whistler Chamber of Commerce Whistler Excellence Awards.

Karin Kausky accepts 2021 Citizen of the Year at Whistler Excellence Awards

The Nominees for 2021 were Stella Harvey, Yoann Barelli and Karen Kausky.
In the video, Nancy Wilhelm-Morden of Race & Co. presents Whistler’s Citizen of the Year award nominees and winner at a second online Covid-friendly 2021 Excellence Awards.

Award Presented by

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The 2021 Whistler Citizen of the Year Award is presented by Race & Company LLP.

Excellence Awards News

Nominees & Winners of the Citizen of the Year (2014 - 2020)

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2020 Winner Dave Clark

2019 Winners: Keith Reynolds and Pat Montani

2018 Winner: Steve Bayly

2017 Winner: Heather Paul

2016 Winner: Cathy Jewitt

2015 Winner: Anne Townley

2014 Winner: Sue Adams