Local Fairmont director earns international recognition

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler's director of front office was honoured with a distinguished, company-wide award this month. Chaz Ibrahim was named Leader of the Year earlier this month.

Once a year, submissions are made and a selection committee is formed to recognize one outstanding leader in the Fairmont hotels and resorts community. This year, the honour went to Whistler's Ibrahim.

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Chaz has been part of the Fairmont team since August 2006, and he moved to Whistler to join the Fairmont Chateau's front office division in December 2009. His strong leadership skills were noticed from day one in Whistler and Chaz was promoted from front office manager to director of front office in May 2011.

Chaz is an example of the Fairmont values both at work and in the Whistler community, officials said in a press release. He is exceptionally supportive, encouraging, and holds each member of his team to the same high standard that he holds himself. He is an active committee member of the Whistler Hotels Loss Prevention Association and is also the Chateau's liaison with the Whistler RCMP.

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Local architect Dennis Maguire and Iredale Group Architecture have officially merged. An open house was held last Thursday (March 15) to celebrate the newest Iredale office in Function Junction, adding to the firm's offices in Vancouver and Victoria.

The party was held at a townhome in Pinnacle Ridge, which was completely redesigned by Maguire and refinished in partnership with several of the region's best wood-working contractors and builders.The merger with Dennis Maguire Architect is a strategic move by Iredale, which is now in its fourth decade of business.

Company officials say that a transformative process is happening in the Whistler construction scene. Now that the Olympics are over, they feel that residents are looking toward a new goal and would like to assist the community with a cognitive, tangible result.

Dennis has served the community for more than 16 years. His local expertise and talented design is complimentary to the diverse architectural services provided by Iredale's Vancouver office. For more information, visit www.iredale.ca.

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Stitch and Paint Whistler officially launched its services to local homeowners and businesses this week. Owned and operated by local artist Mary-Jane Glover-Moffett, Stitch and Paint Whistler combines fine art and custom fabrics to provide truly unique décor solutions.

Mary-Jane is a botanical and wildlife artist as well as an accomplished seamstress. She combines these two talents together as a textile designer and has launched her own line of fabrics designed from her original artwork. Her fabrics are then transformed into custom-made soft furnishings such as draperies, pillows and duvets. She can also design a fabric to suit your needs.

Fabric designs are available in linen, cotton and silk, which are well suited for home or office. All of these are either hand painted or printed from her original paintings and drawings, which are available for viewing and purchase online at www.stitchandpaintwhistler.com.

Mary-Jane has produced a wide variety of botanical, wildlife and abstract designs that can fit into any room in the home.

"I just love combining my love of art with soft furnishings," she said. "My aim is to provide people with something different as they design and furnish the interior of their home or office."

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