In the 80s, Whistler was riding a wave of growth, and then an economic slump slowed things to a halt. Recognizing the ups and downs of living in a resort town, community members came together to open the Whistler Food Bank and start a Christmas hamper program. These visionaries also saw opportunity following the crisis. Instead of using only grants to back the non-profit Whistler Community Services Society, they built a social enterprise to fund programs that respond to the community’s social and emotional wellness needs. The Re-Use-It thrift store opened 20 years ago and is now an economic engine supporting a range of social programs and services while diverting over one tonne every day from landfill.
Whistler Community Services Society (WCSS) has supported Whistler’s social health and wellness since 1989. The thrift store is a powerhouse in Whistler’s circular economy, diverting over a tonne of useful items from landfill each day at its Re-Use-It and Re-Build-It centres. In recent years, proceeds from the Re-Use-It Centre, Re-Build-It Centre and bottle recycling have surpassed $1.5 million. Funds earned from the social enterprise are reinvested back into the community.
As a non-profit with charitable status, we rely on the generosity of volunteers and donors to support community members where they need it most, like the Whistler Food Bank, Outreach Services, Connect Whistler and 20 other programs and services. Learn more about our impact in the following reports.
We are change-makers, listeners, collaborators, influencers, thrifters and upcyclers. Living in the Sea to Sky corridor, we’re also hikers, bikers, paddlers, skiers, riders, sledders and just generally, nature-lovers. We know the thrill of the treasure hunt – finding that special something at the Re-Use-It Centre for a steal of a deal. We want to keep stuff out of landfill and can’t stand letting something useful go to waste. We can relate to the ups and downs of living in a resort town; and our goal is to meet individuals wherever they’re at. Our front-line staff is trained to listen and offer support for those who need it most.
Meet the WCSS leadership team and contact us to learn how we support our community.
Our board is known for hard work, dedicated support and a tireless enthusiasm to make our community a better place. In particular, our board of directors have worked continuously through this pandemic. At this time, and every year, we are so very grateful for their commitment. They have put strong policies and guidelines in place for governance, fiscal responsibility, transparency, and they actively provide mentorship to our leadership team.
Chair: Alistair Cray
Vice Chair: Steve Akins
Treasurer: Carlee Price
Secretary Anne Townley
Board Members: Ken Mason, John McGregor, Deborah Pulleyblank, Lisa Kenkel, Victoria Swayze, Tess Herbert, Jacqui Lawrence
WCSS has been accredited by Imagine Canada, which outlines a set of Canada-wide standards for charities and non-profits designed to strengthen capacity in: board governance, financial accountability and transparency, fundraising, staff management and volunteer involvement.
WCSS prides itself on a high level of transparency and governance. For information on any of our policies or procedures please call the WCSS office at 604-932-0113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.