The Whistler Public Library has received a $15,000 gift from the American Friends of Whistler (AFOW), in honour of the group's former president Rob Rohda and all of his contributions to the organization and resort community.
The cheque was presented earlier this month to library director Elizabeth Tracy and board chair Gord Annand on behalf of the AFOW. The donation will help fund the reconfiguration of the library's service area.
"I can't thank the American Friends of Whistler enough for their most generous gift. This allows us to move forward with our planned service model changes for the library – the final phase of a year-long organizational restructuring process,” Annand said in a release. “The American Friends' continued support of the community and the library, in particular is very much appreciated.”
The library introduced a new “barrier-free” service model in November with the goal of streamlining customer service and improving patrons' experience. The library now hopes to create an environment that reflects this service model with the reconfiguration of the service area, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere with comfortable seating, display space and smaller kiosk-style service podiums.
A long-time AFOR board member, Rohda became the organization's president in 2005, and stepped back into his role on the board in March. Former president of Intrawest Placemaking Gary Raymond took over Rohda's position at the helm of the group.
The AFOW is made up of American residents and visitors to the resort, whose significant annual contributions help fund initiatives by various local non-profit organizations. To date, the AFOW has contributed over $1 million to Whistler non-profit organizations.