With Whistler temperatures dropping this week to lows not seen since the 1980s, the need for an emergency cold-weather shelter for those dealing with inadequate housing has never been more critical.
On Dec. 20, Whistler’s mayor and council supported an amended lease agreement between the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and the Whistler Community Services Society (WCSS), which will allow the social-service provider to use its building at 8000 Nesters Road as an emergency cold weather shelter.
WCSS executive director Jackie Dickinson welcomed the move of the emergency cold weather shelter from its current location at the Whistler Public Library, as it will help the social-service agency run the program more effectively.
“I think being able to house this program in our own building with our staff, and reconfirming to the community that we continue to be a trusting, welcoming place, is really going to be vital to the execution of this program,” Dickinson said.
“We’ve seen some really great community cooperation happen in the interim to support a really important need … So it means us being able to offer more programming in one space to people who need it.” Read Full PIQUE Article