To begin with, The Question extends a heartfelt congratulations to Harbour Air pilot Chris Cameron on his recent award from the Canadian Safe Boating Council.
As you’ll read in the pages of our newspaper this week, Cameron’s quick thinking and actions while on duty last summer led to the rescue of three people whose canoe capsized in the freezing water of Whistler’s Green Lake.
Even if you’re just getting to know Cameron for the first time via the article detailing his story, it’s obvious that the 31-year-old is an unassuming individual who didn’t turn his aircraft around in search of any recognition — certainly not a national award.
However, whether you’ve lived here for a season or for a lifetime, you know that Whistler is full of everyday heroes just like him.
In fact, it could be asserted that Cameron isn’t the only hero you can read about in this week’s issue. How about the fine folks at WAG and the work they’ve done to help animals in need? Representatives from the Howe Sound Women’s Centre working to reduce sexual assaults? Nobody will be handing out awards to either of these groups, nor are they seeking any, but their initiatives make them heroes to all of us in the community, human and four-legged friends alike.
Of course, the Sea to Sky is full of people who are heroes in the more traditional sense who can’t be forgotten. The search and rescue teams in Whistler and Pemberton provide an essential, life-saving service, and anyone who’s called upon SAR squads to get them safely out of the backcountry will attest to the heroic work these people complete.
Too many times in the past year, it seems, the fire departments in Whistler and Pemberton have been pressed into action, forced to respond to major blazes. Each time, they’ve been there to ensure everyone’s safety while putting their own at risk. We should all feel fortunate that Sheila Kirkwood and Russell Mack’s crews are always at the ready to keep us out of harm’s way.
We could go on like this, listing off each amazing individual making a difference in our community. The common bond between the majority of them is a selflessness and desire to do good work, many volunteering their time and never collecting a paycheque.
That being said, we’d like to tip our caps to perhaps the most unsung heroes of the season — Whistler Blackcomb’s snowmaking team. They may not be saving lives or changing the world, but where would Whistler be this winter without them?