After serving the community for over a decade, Whistler Fire Chief Rob Whitton has announced his retirement.
Whitton joined the Whistler Fire Service in 2002, serving as assistant fire chief until 2007, when he was promoted to his current position.
“I wish to thank (Whitton) for keeping Whistler safe and for all of his hard work over the years,” said Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden during Tuesday’s (July 2) council meeting. “Please join me in wishing Chief Whitton success in his new life after leaving our fire service.”
Whitton will continue as Whistler fire chief until Jan. 31.
Mayor responds to Alberta floods
Following the recent floods that have caused significant damage and displaced thousands across Alberta, Whistler’s mayor expressed her sympathy and offered a means to help some of those most affected at Tuesday’s (July 2) council meeting.
“I and some of the other members of this council had an opportunity to meet the mayors and councils of Jasper, Banff and Canmore at the (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) Conference and we talked about issues of mutual concern. It was very nice to meet with them, and then less than a month later they are faced with this disaster and this incredible project of rebuilding and reconstructing the loss of municipal infrastructure,” said Wilhelm-Morden. “We want to reach out to our friends and neighbours in Alberta, and in Canmore in particular. I have sent emails to the mayors of Canmore and Banff. I’ve heard back from the mayor of Banff, and she said they’re doing OK but Canmore is a different story, as we all know.”
Canmore saw more than 1,200 residents evacuated and dozens of homes damaged along Cougar Creek as a result of floods that began June 20. Wilhelm-Morden encouraged Whistlerites wishing to help to make a cash donation to the Red Cross, specifying the funds go to Canmore in particular.