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McCormick, John

  • CA-BC-MJ003
  • Persona
  • fl. 2006-2010

John McCormack was a consultant for the Resort Municipality of Whistler throughout the town's participation in the Cultural Capitals of Canada program. He guided Whistler along the "Celebration 2020: a natural step towards cultural sustainability" plan and oversaw the implementation of artistic and cultural projects in the town throughout 2009. McCormack's accomplishments included helping develop the Whistler Arts Culture and Heritage Plan, organizing the arts and culture component of the Paralympic closing ceremonies parade, and assisting in the development of "SNOW - Whistler: The Musical."

Sawicki, Joan

  • CA-BC-SJ003
  • Persona
  • b. September 18, 1945

Joan Marie Sawicki is a former British Columbia politician. She earned a BA in Education in 1968 and worked as a secondary school teacher and land-use consultant before entering politics. In 1987 she served one term on the Burnaby City Council. From 1991 to 2001, she served as an MLA for the BC NDP, representing Burnaby-Willingdon. She held the positions of Speaker of the Legislative Assembly (1992-1994) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Municipal Affairs (1994-1996) and to the Minister of Environment, Lands, and Parks (1996-1998). In 1999, she herself was named as the Minister of Environment, Lands, and Parks, a position which she held until 2000.

Williams, Bill

  • CA-BC-WB001
  • fl. 1990-2010

Bill Williams, also known as Telalsemkin siyam, is one of sixteen hereditary chiefs of the Squamish Nation. He is very politically active in his community and has held many positions on the Squamish Nation Council including Recreation Director, Councilor, and Band Manager. Formerly he worked as an Aboriginal Management Consultant to various organizations such as Canada Employment and Immigration, the Native Brotherhood of BC, and the BC Native Socio-Economic Task Force. He is one of the original trustees of the Aboriginal Electoral Endowment Trust, and was appointed as its representative on the National Revenue Committee. He has also served as a Director of Administration of the Assembly of First Nations, and as a member of the National Executive of the Aboriginal People's Commission.

Williams is a co-founder of the Uts'am Witness Project, which reconnects urban residents with nature and invites them to participate in a Coast Salish witness ceremony. He is also a member of the Spakwus Slolem, or Eagle Song Dancers.

Douglas, Maureen

  • CA-BC-DM008
  • Persona
  • fl. 1980s-

Maureen "Mo" Douglas is a strategist, management consultant, and the Executive Director of Arts Whistler. She served as the Executive Director of the Street Access Entertainment Society in Vancouver from 1986 to 1989, the Director of Festivals and Events at Tourism Whistler (1990-1999), the Director of Communications and Community Relations for VANOC (2010 Vancouver Olympic Comittee) from 2002 to 2010, and the Chair of the Pemberton Cultural Roundtable from 2012 to 2015. She was the founder and principal of a special events management and cultural tourism development firm called Moideas Management in Whistler. She has been a mentor with Diversity Whistler Youth Group since 2014 and the Executive Director of Arts Whistler since 2016. She has done consulting work for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games. She is married and lives in Pemberton.

Other past activities of Douglas' include instructing at the BC Institute of Technology, running her own event tourism consulting firm, Moideas Management, serving as a consultant for the Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and directing an executive course on "Public Sector, Public Engagement, and Communications" with Clariden Leadership Institute in Singapore. in 2014, she travelled to Sochi to advocate for better LGBTQ inclusion in the Olympic Games, leading to the International Olympic Council introducing a sexual non-discrimination clause in their charter.

Murray, Dave

  • CA-BC-MD003
  • Persona
  • September 9, 1953 - October 23, 1990

David 'Dave' Murray was a Canadian alpine ski racer, a member of the Crazy Canucks, and a pivotal figure in Whistler's ski history. Born in Vancouver, Murray first took up ski racing at age 15 and joined the Canadian National Ski Team at 21 in 1974. He was one of the three founding members of the Crazy Canucks (along with fellow ski racers 'Jungle' Jim Hunter and Dave Irwin) and reportedly acted as the moderator and "conscience" of the group, according to teammate Steve Podborski. Murray participated in two Olympic Games - at Innsbruck in 1976 and Lake Placid in 1980, at which he finished tenth in the downhill - and three FIS World Championships (1974, 1978, and 1982). He competed on the FIS World Circuit for six years. Although Murray never won a World Cup event, he finished in the top ten 15 times, four of these being in his best season (1975/76). He was ranked first place overall in the 1979 Shell Cup Canadian National Championships, and won second place in the 1977 Shell Cup Giant Slalom, the 1978 FIS World Cup Downhills at Les Houches and Schladming, and the 1979 and 1981 Canadian National Championships Downhill. He was named BC Athlete of the Year in 1979.

Following the 1981/82 season, Murray retired from competitive skiing and returned to British Columbia. He became the director of skiing at Whistler-Blackcomb, founding the world-renowned Dave Murray Ski School in 1988. He headed the newly-christened Dave Murray Summer Ski Camps (replacing the Toni Sailer Summer Ski Camps) from 1984 until his death in 1990, coaching children and youth aged 10-18 on Whistler Glacier. He also headed Masters camps for adults. In addition, Murray became National Chair of the Canadian Masters Alpine Series, served as a Level III Coach for the Canadian Ski Coaches Federation and a Level III Instructor for the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance, and acted as a product consultant and spokesperson for many companies involved in the ski industry. In 1985, he was inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame.

Dave Murray tragically died from skin cancer in Vancouver at the age of 37. He was survived by his wife, Stephanie Sloan, a freestyle skiing pioneer and world champion, and 22-month-old daughter, Julia. Sloan continued running the Dave Murray Summer Ski Camps throughout the 1990s, while Julia grew up to join Canada's Ski Cross Team and Compete at the 2010 Olympics. Dave Murray was honoured with induction into the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. The downhill course on Whistler Mountain was named in his memory in April 1991; it hosted World Cup Downhill and Super-G races from 1993 to 1995, was used for the 2010 Winter Olympics, and is noted as being among the best downhill runs in the world.

Weirather, Harti

  • AT-WH001
  • Persona
  • b. January 25, 1958

Harti Weirather is an Austrian former alpine ski racer who specialized in the downhill. In the early 1980s he won six World Cup downhill races, the 1982 World Championships, and the 1981 World Cup season title. His World Cup win at Kitzbuhel in 1982 was the first ever finishing time for that course under two minutes, and stood as the record for ten years. He currently runs a business consultancy firm in Liechtenstein with his wife, former World Cup champion Hanni Wenzel.

Wasmeier, Markus

  • DE-WM001
  • Persona
  • b. September 9, 1963

Markus Wasmeier is a German former alpine ski racer who competed in the 1993 Labatt Blue Men's Downhill and Super G at Whistler Mountain. Throughout his career he won a total of 9 World Cup races, was World Champion in Giant Slalom in 1985, and took home two gold medals (in Giant Slalom and Super G) at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games. He was named Sportsman of the Year for 1994 in Germany. Since retiring, Wasmeier has worked as a television commentator, served as a consultant in the German Skiing Federation, studied and taught heritage building restoration, and founded a farm and winter sport museum.