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Janyk, Britt

  • CA-BC-JB004
  • Person
  • May 21, 1980 -

Britt Janyk is a retired Canadian alpine skier who specialized in downhill, super G, alpine combined, and giant slalom. She is the daughter of former Whistler councillor and national ski racer Andree Janyk and Bill Janyk, and the brother of World Cup alpine skier Michael Janyk. She also has a sister named Stephanie. She was born in North Vancouver on May 21, 1980. She learned to ski on Whistler Mountain in her early childhood and joined the Whistler Mountain Ski Club as a teenager in 1996, when her family moved there from West Vancouver in 1995. Janyk debuted in the World Cup in 1999. She started out with slalom and giant slalom, but after nearly losing her place on the Canadian National Alpine Ski Team, switched to speed events and excelled. During her career as a skier for Alpine Canada, she scored 18 Top 10 finishes in World Cup Competitions, including two podium finishes in downhill races. Both of these - a first place at Aspen and a third at Lake Louise - came in the 2007/2008 season, during which Janyk placed third overall. Her Olympic debut was at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games in her hometown of Whistler; she received a sixth place finish in the downhill. Janyk retired from professional skiing the following year, but remains active in the sports world. She provided commentary for the 2012/2013 Alpine Skiing World Cup through Eurosport and the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympic skiing event through the Olympic Broadcasting Service. She has been an ambassador for Right to Play since 2008, a participant in Ski With an Olympian since 2012, as well as a salesperson at Peak Performance and U12 Ski Coach with the Whistler Mountain Ski Club since 2015. She was also a board member of the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation for eight months in 2011/2012.

Carleton, Pat

  • CA-BC-CP002
  • Person
  • 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.