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Raine, Al

  • CA-BC-RA001
  • Persona
  • b. October 22, 1941

Al Raine was one of the original Whistler aldermen and played an instrumental role in the creation of Whistler Village and the opening of Blackcomb Mountain. Born in Vancouver, he started skiing in his late teens and spent three years (1962-1965) in Europe honing his skills. After returning to Canada, he worked at the Red Mountain Ski Area in Rossland, B.C. and coached the Ski Hawks in Montreal before being hired by the Southern Ontario Ski Zone to organize and lead a junior program in the area. Raine's success in this task led to his appointment as Head Coach and Program Director for the Canadian Alpine Ski Team in 1968. The Canadian team rose to new heights in the late 60s and early 70s due in part to Raine's drive, innovation, and management skills.

Al Raine and his wife, ski champion Nancy Greene, built a cabin in Whistler in 1970. This served as their summer home while Nancy coached at the Toni Sailer Summer Ski Camp on Whistler Glacier. The same year saw the birth of the couple's twin sons, Charlie and Willy.

In 1973, Raine quit his position with the Canadian Alpine Ski Team and moved to Whistler full-time. The BC government was seeking someone with the skills and experience to oversee the development of Whistler as a tourist resort and promote the expansion of skiing in the province. Raine fit the description perfectly. He was chosen as Ski Area Coordinator of British Columbia in 1974. The following year, when Whistler was made an official Resort Municipality, Raine became one of the first aldermen under Mayor Pat Carleton. He acted as a liaison between the municipality and the provincial government, assisted in the building of a sewer plant for the valley, and helped plan and coordinate the development of Whistler Village. In the face of opposition from large property owners, he accompanied Carleton to Victoria to get provincial approval for the creation of the Village and came back successful. He was the first to propose developing Blackcomb Mountain as a ski hill (in 1976) and received a joint bid from the Aspen Ski Corporation of Canada and the Canadian Federal Business Development Bank. Raine led the negotiation of a 50-year lease and land use contract, resulting in the opening of Blackcomb in 1980.

Raine's duties as Ski Area Coordinator took him beyond Whistler, assessing 45 different areas throughout British Columbia for their potential as ski sites. At this time he also worked as a consultant for the A.R. Resort Planning Group. His projects included carrying out studies for the BC heli-ski industry, devising a master plan for Hudson Bay Mountain, and evaluating the ski potential of areas such as Big White, Shames Creek, Tod Mountain (now Sun Peaks Resort) and Snow Basin (in Utah).

In 1980, Raine stepped down from his positions and became General Manager of the Whistler Resort Association. He was responsible for scheduling events, taking reservations, promoting tourism, and providing information about Whistler to guests. He resigned from this position in 1982 for health reasons and spent two years teaching skiing in Switzerland. During this time he also assisted Crans Montana in its successful bid to host the 1987 World Alpine Ski Championships. In 1984 he moved back to Whistler to help with the development of Nancy Greene's Olympic Lodge. He was inducted into the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame in 1988.

The Raines moved to Sun Peaks in the B.C. interior during the 1990s and continue to operate Nancy Greene's Cahilty Lodge there. Al Raine was elected Mayor of this resort town in 2010.

Nebbeling, Ted

  • CA-BC-NT001
  • d. 28 Oct. 2009

Originally from Amsterdam, Holland, Ted immigrated to Canada with his life-partner Jan Holmberg in 1977. After establishing the Scanwich restaurant, catering to business executives in downtown Vancouver they sold the business to their staff and moved to Whistler in 1979. Ted and Jan opened a variety of retail stores in Whistler Village including Gourmet Bakery and Fine Foods, Forget Me Nots, Chef and Baker, Whistler Tops, Ruggers, Berg & Berg and Mucho Macho. Ted began his political career in 1986 when he was elected to Whistler council in 1986, he was re-elected as councilor in 1988 and in 1990 he was elected mayor. He was reelected as mayor in 1993. After ten years in Municipal politics Ted moved on to provincial politics and was elected as the Liberal MLA for West Vancouver-Garibaldi in 1996. Ted was reelected in 2001 and served as Minister of State for Community Charter and Minister of State for the 2010 Winter Olympics. He was part of the delegation in Prague in July 2004 when the 2010 Winter Olympics were awarded to Vancouver and Whistler.

On November 15, 2003 Ted and Jan were married , a few months after same-sex marriage was legalized in BC. At that time, Ted was one of the most senior politicians in the world in a same-sex marriage. It didn't last long, a day later a cabinet shuffle left Ted without a portfolio. Both Ted and the Government stated that the timing was coincidental.

Ted left provincial politics in May 2005. He launched a third bid for mayor in August 2005, but the campaign was unsuccessful.

Ted passed away on 28 Oct 2009.

Doyle, Jim

  • CA-BC-DJ015
  • Persona
  • October 28, 1943 -

Jim Doyle is a British Columbian politician and former MLA. Born in Northern Ireland, he worked in Australia for a time before moving to Canada in 1967. He was elected a municipal councillor for the town of Golden, BC in 1976, re-elected in 1978 and 1980, and served his first run as mayor from 1981 to 1990. During his first few decades of politics he also had a 24-year career with the Canadian Pacific Railway. Doyle became MLA for Columbia River-Revelstoke in 1991 and retained this position through two terms. He served as Minister of Municipal Affairs from 1999 until his election defeat in 2001, with the exception of a brief interlude in 2000 when he was Minister of Forests. After this, Doyle returned to municipal politics and served as mayor of Golden again from 2002 to 2008.

Carleton, Pat

  • CA-BC-CP002
  • Persona
  • March 25, 1920 - November 29, 2004

William Patrick 'Pat' Carleton was as the first mayor of the Resort Municipality of Whistler, serving from 1975 to 1982. Born in Langley, BC, he was a band member for the Salvation Army, the Irish Fusiliers, and the Royal Air Force auxiliaries in his youth. He married his wife, Kay, in 1941, and they had two children, Gordon and Patricia. Carleton had a 25-year career as a coffee salesman, working for Dickson's Coffee and F.J. Neate and Co. He first visited Whistler on a fishing trip in 1956. By 1960, the family owned a cabin at the end of Old Gravel Road on Alpha Lake, which they would visit on weekends and summer holidays.

Upon Carleton's retirement in 1971, he and Kay moved up to the Alpha Lake cabin full-time. Pat became involved in the community, serving on the Alta Lake Ratepayers Association and as president of the Chamber of Commerce. When Whistler was named a Resort Municipality in 1975, he ran successfully for mayor and became head of a five-person municipal council. Over the next seven years, Carleton oversaw the development of Whistler into a fully-fledged resort town. He and his council developed a land use plan which saw the inception of Whistler Village on the site of the former garbage dump. In the face of opposition from large property owners, Carleton and two aldermen went to Victoria to get provincial approval for their plan or face resignation. They were successful, and Carleton would turn the first sod on the future Town Centre site. Other milestones which occurred during his tenure were the openings of Whistler's first sewage treatment plant in 1977 and Blackcomb Mountain in 1980. The Carleton Lodge hotel, named in his honour, opened in the 1982, the year of his retirement as mayor.

Pat and Kay left Whistler for Sardis, BC in 1991. He died in Chilliwack at the age of 84.

Campbell, Gordon

  • CA-BC-CG002
  • Persona
  • b. January 12, 1948

Gordon Campbell is a retired Canadian diplomat and politician. He was the Mayor of Vancouver from 1986 to 1993, the leader of the BC Liberal Party from 1993 to 2011, the Premier of British Columbia from 2001 to 2011, the Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 2011 to 2016, and Canada's representative to the Ismaili Imamat from 2014 to 2016.