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AWARE Earth Day Clothing Swap Success

Whistlerites stood apart this Earth Day by choosing to swap instead of shop at the AWARE Earth Day Clothing Swap. This event allowed locals to spring clean their closets, share fashion trends forward and hunt for new hidden gems to adore. Local artisans lined the exterior of the ballroom and sold beautiful creations, many of which were up cycled into unique and timeless pieces. With over one hundred people in attendance and thanks in large part to the Nita Lake Lodge the event was a huge success. Young ladies from kindergarten to Grade 7 preceded the main event with a Dress Swap tailored to help the girls find new lightly loved dresses for the Annual Father Daughter Dance held on May 9th.

Reasons to Clothing Swap with AWARE Every Earth Day:

  1. Protect the Environment: No matter how environmentally friendly the company – new items use natural resources, undergo a pollutant producing manufacturing process and require fossil fuels to ship them around the globe. Dressing yourself in pieces that already exist takes some pressure off of the earth’s finite resources.
  1. Support a Good Cause: AWARE, Whistler’s Environmental Charity, received all proceeds raised from the Earth Day Clothing Swap. AWARE strives to improve, protect and restore Whistler and its surrounding areas, while achieving environmental sustainability through community education and advocacy. All clothing left after the event was donated to the Re-Use it Centre a local non-profit whose proceeds fuel Whistler’s social programs and efforts keep tonnes of waste out of the landfill annually.
  1. Preserve History & Quality: Our everyday threads aren’t tightly wound with the same indestructible quality they used to be. Recycling old fashions back into our wardrobes is a fantastic way to keep timeless pieces alive.
  1. Save Money: Your dollar goes a lot farther when you buy used instead of new. Whistler residents only paid $10 to have access to jam packed racks and mountains of clothing.

Thank you! Nita Lake Lodge for the generous donation of the Ballroom space and a $2 donation from every beverage purchased. Thank you to Jodi, Nancy, Kimberley & Jessica for helping us organize and make this event come to life, and Jamie for keeping the drinks flowing throughout the night.

Earth Day, everyday.

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AWARE Kids Nature Club Annual Bike Rodeo

This years bike rodeo taught a range of youngsters the importance of riding their bikes and how to be safe while doing it. Kids started the journey with a bike inspection which included a helmet, brake and tire check. Next the  careful use and application of breaks was explored followed by some slalom and figure eight drills. Kids were also taught the importance of dismounting their bikes while crossing the road and how to look all ways at a four way stop.

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Following the bike portion of the morning the kids participated in a cumulative effects drill where they looked at the importance of trail use and the severe environmental effects that off trail riding can have on the surrounding environment.

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A special thank you to Corporal Chris Dodds and the Whistler RCMP officers for the space and expertise that were provided to make this event happen. The AWARE Kid’s Nature Club would not be possible without the support of the Whistler Public Library, Regional Recycling and the volunteers who run the club.

The AWARE Kid’s Nature Club has been educating local and visiting youth about all things environmental since 2007. The Nature Club is held on the last Sunday of each month, from 10am – 11:30am at the Whistler Public Library.

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AWARE Kids Nature Club – Bike Rodeo

Join Whistler’s environmental charity AWARE, the Whistler Public Library and the RCMP for a Kids Bike Rodeo!

Kids will learn how to ride their bikes safely and why riding bikes is a great way to look after the environment.

Bring your helmet and bike and dress for the weather to take part in this fun and FREE club.


About the AWARE Kids Nature Club:

The AWARE Kid’s Nature Club has been educating local and visiting youth about all things environmental since 2007. The Nature Club is held on the last Sunday of each month, from 10am – 11:30am at the Whistler Public Library.

These free sessions are focused on encouraging learning through fun interactive activities and are open to all but are mainly intended for kids aged 5 -12 (all kids must be accompanied by a parent).

The AWARE Kid’s Nature Club would not be possible without the support of the Whistler Public Library, Regional Recycling and the volunteers who run the club.

For more information regarding the AWARE Kid’s Nature Club please contact us via e-mail: info at awarewhistler.org

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Pitch In Day

On April 25, local organizations across Whistler will be participating in the annual Pitch-In Day.  AWARE focuses on the areas of White Gold, Nesters and new this year will also do Cay Heights.

If you would like to come and join AWARE to ‘pitch-in’ here are the details:

  • Where: Nesters Car Park
  • When: 8:30am
  • What: You will be provided with bags for collecting trash and disposable plastic gloves.  (From past experience we recommend bringing thicker gardening gloves if you have them – this can also save the need for throw away gloves).  Dress for the weather and bring whatever snacks / drinks you feel you may need.
  • Who: Everyone Welcome!

All Pitch-In participants are invited to a BBQ following the mornings efforts! Hosted by the Whistler Fire Fighters Association with food and drink donated by Nesters, IGA, and the Village Grocery Store, and the event is also sponsored by Pitch-In Canada.

With a new subdivision to cover we need more help then ever before! So bring your family and friends and lets get our neighbourhoods as clean as possible and keep trash out of our wilderness backyard!


About Pitch In Day

Since 1989, the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s (RMOW) has organized an annual Pitch-In Day. Crowds of volunteers, including community groups and local sports associations, gather to clear litter left in the subdivision roadside ditches from Emerald to Function Junction. One goal is to contribute to changing littering behaviour. Garbage left in ditches is easily blown or washed into creeks, forests, and other sensitive areas.

In 2014, 1.5 metric tonnes of litter was collected by 150 volunteers. Roads staff will remove the orange litterbags and sort recyclables. Volunteers focus on the subdivision roads since Highway 99’s ditches are cleared later in the spring by Mainroad Contracting.

 

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Earth Day Clothes Swap Fundraiser

Simplify Life on Earth Day with Whistler’s Environmental Charity, AWARE, working for the Whistler environment since 1989.

SWAP:

Wanting to downsize or refresh your wardrobe? Bring by any of your previously loved clothing, outdoor apparel, shoes, and/or accessories and SWAP them for something fresh.

Unswapped clothing will be donated to Dress for Success, a charity empowering women into the workforce, and The Whistler Re-Use-It Centre, a non-profit fueling Whistler’s social programs and diverting tonnes of waste from the landfill annually.

SALE:

Are your personal belongings too valuable to SWAP?
Rent a table in our Vendor’s Lounge for $30, To sign up for a table email info@awarewhistler.org

SHOUT OUT:

A huge thank you to Nita Lake Lodge for hosting us for this Earth Day Fundraiser and to all the volunteers who have offered to help out. If you would like to volunteer email info at awarewhistler.org or message us through Facebook.

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Earth Day – Father/Daughter Dance – Dress Swap

 

Spend some time quality mother daughter time, save the environment and your pocketbook by swapping a previously loved dress for something fresh at our Earth Day Dress Swap for your daughters special night.

$10 with swappable dance attire
$15 empty handed

All proceeds go to Whistler’s environmental charity AWARE.

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Great Green Activities for a Rainy Day in Whistler

Rain-AriyaamoWhen temperatures are too warm to turn the endless rain droplets from a pineapple express into the fresh powder we love, revamp your daily itinerary with these warm Whistler indoor activities.  

Start by visiting the Whistler Museum where you can explore the history of Whistler, admire the technological progression of both skis and snowboards, and get your picture taken with an authentic Olympic torch. The museum boasts a tickle trunk, kids activity books and many interactive displays designed to entertain. Open 11am – 5pm daily

If you are feeling a little frazzled from apèsing all week, need an immune system boost or simply want a tasty organic treat, the Green Moustache organic juice, smoothie and live food bar is the place for you. This community space brings people passionate about health and wellbeing together, and serves up delicious fare. Open 8am – 6pm daily

Cozy up fireside with a borrowed book and a cup of tea at the Whistler Public Library (don’t forget your reusable mug). This building is stocked with a myriad of page turners, a computer lab, the latest in local and global news, a large children’s space, as well as free exciting programs and events. The library even loans out movies so you can have a cozy night in. Open 11am – 7 pm Monday – Thursday & 11am – 5 pm Friday – Sunday 

If hops, barley, yeast and water are the ingredients that make up your ideal apès, do not miss out on the chance to visit the Whistler Brewing Company located in Function Junction. Take a tour of the 100% BC owned brewery to fully appreciated the handcrafted perfection, or relax in the tap house while sipping on artisan beer straight from the source. Open 1pm – 8pm daily & Open for brewery tours 2:30pm & 4pm Tuesday – Sunday                       

Operated on geothermal renewable energy, Meadow Park Sport Centre offers something for everyone. Get the chill out of your bones with a swim in the pool, soak in the hot tub, or steam in the sauna. Go for a skate in the arena, pump some zero-emission iron or challenge someone to a squash match. Open 6am – 10pm

Update your mountain equipment, pick up a puzzle or have a scavenger hunt for hidden gems at the Whistler Re-Use-It Centre. Whistler Community Services Society reinvests money earned through the centre into the Whistler Food Bank and other incredible social programs put in place to enrich Whistler as a whole. Open 11am – 6pm daily

If you are on the hill and want to take a break from the slush, Whistler Blackcomb recently opened its first vegetarian restaurant at the top of of the Creekside Gondola on Whistler Mountain. The Raven’s Nest is a great place to guiltlessly indulge while waiting for a storm to blow through, which in Whistler can happen at the beat of a Whiskey Jack’s wings, but don’t hold your breathe. Open during mountain hours

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre allows you to enjoy a truly authentic First Nations experience – play a drum, dance, dress up, make a traditional craft or take a tour through history. Tours are offered in several languages in case you need a break from Canadian banter, eh! Open 10am – 5pm Tuesday – Sunday 

Challenge yourself with a human-powered climb at The Core’s 5500 square-foot indoor rock climbing wall. Take a belaying course or build upon experience and get ready for your next outdoor adventureOpen 7am – 10pm Monday – Friday & 8am – 9pm Saturday – Sunday

If these activities aren’t going to cut it, put on your rain boots and jacket, and embrace that which fuels the beautiful temperate rainforest we live in. After all, there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.

Right to a Healthy Environment

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Across Canada communities are coming together to request their local leaders make municipal declarations in support of their citizens rights to a healthy environment (R2HE).  The momentum behind this grassroots movement has come from two longstanding environmental advocacy groups – EcoJustice and the David Suzuki Foundation.

In Whistler, AWARE was asked by a number of it’s members to propose to Mayor and Council that they make a make a declaration in line with the principles of R2HE.  On December 10th we did just that and issued a letter and an accompanying information package to Mayor and Council for their consideration.

To read the letter and get background information on the R2HE campaign click here: AWARE_Dec_Env_Rights.  Council will consider our recommendations at the first council meeting of the 2015 year.

Want to help?  Sign up in support of Canadian citizens Right to a Health Environment and support the integration of these rights in the Canadian Charter.  Every signature counts.  Sign here.

Whistler Kids Chance to be Bear Champions!

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The AWARE Kids Nature Club has a special opportunity to partner with the Get Bear Smart Society to create a short video of Whistler kids sharing their knowledge and appreciation for Whistler bears to produce a five-minute educational video on what it is like to be a kid growing up in bear country. Through being involved kids will be able to inspire others of all ages and in other communities to be bear smart.

The video will explore kids experiences with bears. What are their bear stories? What Bear Smart things do they do in their everyday lives? How do they feel about what is happening to bears in Whistler?

AWARE Kids Club leader Julie Burrows will lead the discussion on bears and kids can learn what the bears are doing as they get ready for hibernation. There will be the usual interactive learning as well as some short educational videos from Get Bear Smart.


Filming Details:

Filming will take place on Sunday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Whistler Library. The video will be owned and used by the Get Bear Smart Society. The video will be housed on the GetBearSmartTV Youtube channel and shared on social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

The video production team includes Sylvia Dolson, the Executive Director for the Get Bear Smart Society, Ian Dunsmore, station manager and videographer for Shaw TV, and Nicole Fitzgerald, former producer and host for Shaw TV now turned full-time mom. Nicole has previously produced a half hour film with 30 children from Spring Creek for the Whistler Museum and worked with half a dozen children from the Lil’wat Nation to produce a short film for the Whistler Film Festival.

We hope your family will be interested in participating in this fun and educational day. Parental consent forms will be sent out to those who wish to participate so registration is required. If interested, please contact Nicole at Nicole.fitzgerald@yahoo.ca and she is happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

About The AWARE Kids Nature Club:
The AWARE Kid’s Nature Club has been educating local and visiting youth about all things environmental since 2007. The Nature Club is held on the last Sunday of each month, from 10am – 11:30am (except December) at the Whistler Public Library.

These free sessions are focused on encouraging learning through fun interactive activities and are open to all but are mainly intended for kids aged 5 -11 (all kids must be accompanied by a parent).

The AWARE Kid’s Nature Club would not be possible without the support of the Whistler Public Library, Regional Recycling and the volunteers who run the club.

For more information regarding the AWARE Kid’s Nature Club please contact us via e-mail: info at awarewhistler.org

The Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment (AWARE) strives to improve the quality of life in Whistler and surrounding areas, protect and restore the natural heritage and maintain our resources and ecosystems, and achieve environmental sustainability through community education and advocacy.