Whistler Citizen of the Year

Whistler’s Longest Standing Celebration

Created 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.

Nominate the next Citizen of the Year!

Nominations for the 2020 Whistler Citizen of the Year Award are now closed. 

The Nominees for 2020 are Dave Clark, Jade Quinn-MacDonald and PJ O’Heany.

Join the Whistler Community Foundation and Whistler Chamber at the Whistler Excellence Awards Presented by Blue Shore Financial on September 16, 2020 at 7 pm. Live on YouTube.

Race and Company Logo

The 2020 Whistler Citizen of the Year Award is presented by Race & Company LLP.


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 Excellence Awards.

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


2020 Nominees

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