When I first moved to Whistler in the fall of 2012 to take a job as Pique Newsmagazine's arts and entertainment editor, I was skeptical.
I had skied and snowboarded sporadically since I was a kid and liked both sports well enough, but I didn't live for them the way locals seemed to. Similarly, I'd always loved the outdoors, but after a decade of city living, I had embraced different interests as I moved from Vancouver to Edmonton to New York. I spent more time at concerts, art galleries and parties than camping.
Last winter was a hard adjustment. Life here revolved around the hill and if you weren't part of that culture it was very alienating. Cashiers at stores would ask if I had been skiing that day, small talk with friendly strangers began with, "So, do you ski or snowboard?" and often I would overhear people comment that living here is pointless if you weren't wild about the sports upon which the town is built.
It felt impossible to fit in — until the snow melted. Suddenly, Whistler was alive in an entirely different way. People were outside from dawn til dusk, lounging on the grass, hiking right in our backyard, swimming in lakes that were gloriously in the middle of town.
And, slowly, I made friends. I met someone. I got to know the people I was interviewing and ran into them everywhere. Without even noticing, Whistler became home.
Although I was growing increasingly enamoured with the Sea to Sky corridor, for personal reasons, I left in the fall, only to return a few weeks later. Whistler had gotten under my skin.
When an interim editor position came up at The Question, I was ecstatic to fill in for a few weeks. As a former daily news reporter I had experience covering politics, crime and stories of all stripes. I enjoyed writing about news again — particularly because I cared deeply about the community on which I was reporting.
That, I believe, is my strongest asset as the new editor at The Question: this is my home and what happens here matters to me as much as it does to you. This paper has a long history of serving the community and I hope to hone in on that strength, delve deeper into reporting on the issues that matter to us and cover all aspects that make this place so vibrant and unique.