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News briefs: WORCA receives government funding for summer jobs

The Whistler Off Road Cycling Association (WORCA) received a big boost from the federal government last week that will allow the organization to hire summer students.

Last Thursday (July 6), Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that the government would be giving WORCA $17,000 to hire three summer students as trail builders and administrative assistants as part of its Canada Summer Jobs program. The program helps pay employees across the country who are 15- to 30-years-old and full-time students.

Hajdu made the announcement in Skier’s Plaza alongside Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden and Pam Goldsmith-Jones, MP for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast.

“Canada’s future depends on young Canadians having the skills and experience they need to thrive in the workforce,” Hajdu said, in a release. “Thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program, students in Whistler have an opportunity to work for the summer and pay for their education while learning new skills.”

WORCA, meanwhile, said the funding will make an impact on local trails. “I am thrilled with the Canada Summer Jobs program and the impact this funding has on our community,” said Craig Mackenzie, with WORCA, in a release. “This funding goes a long way in helping maintain excellent trails that make Whistler a fantastic place.”

New vice principals hired

School might be out for the summer, but the Sea to Sky School District is looking ahead to the fall, announcing two new hires last week.

Both Signal Hill Elementary School and Whistler Secondary School (WSS) will have new vice principals come September. Alyssa Patching, who has been an educator for 12 years and currently serves as the coordinator of Learning Initiatives at Coast Mountain Academy, will begin her new job at WSS on Aug. 1. She also has a Master of Education EP from Simon Fraser University, a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Kinetics from Trinity Western University.

Barbara Busalacchi, who most recently served as Manager of Trades and Industry Training for the Lil’wat Nation, as well as an adult basic education Instructor at Capilano University, will take on the position of vice principal at Signal Hill. She has a Master of Arts, Educational Technology from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies from the University of California, Riverside.
Busalacchi will also officially take on the job on Aug. 1.

Help prevent forest fires

The provincial government declared a state of emergency last Friday (July 7) as wildfires continue to burn through much of B.C.

While the closest blazes to the Sea to Sky corridor are in Cache Creek and at Harrison Lake, officials are urging residents to be extra cautious to prevent fires from breaking out here. To that end, Whistler’s fire rating has been bumped up to extreme and a campfire ban has been issued for much of the province.

“A fire that ignited above the Whistler Benchlands neighbourhood on July 2 was determined to be the result of human behaviour,” the Resort Municipality of Whistler said, in a release. “Forest fires are capable of spreading at an astonishing rate, up to five kilometres an hour.”

Along with the campfire ban, smoking is not permitted in parks or on trails and only propane barbecues can be used in local parks, as long as they are off the ground and away from trees. High-risk construction activity in the interface zone also stops after three days of an extreme danger rating. As well, construction sites must have a two-hour fire watch after work is done at the end of
the day.

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