Meet one of AWARE’s founding members, supporter, and donor: Cathy Jewett.
Cathy has lived in Whistler for nearly fifty years, is heavily involved in community organizations, and is currently a Councilor at the Resort Municipality of Whistler – among (many) other things!
What is your favourite place in Whistler?
Hard choice – but Beaver Pond always seems so tranquil.
What motivated you to contribute to AWARE?
I go back to the beginning of AWARE – right down to choosing the name! I want to see AWARE continue to thrive – what started off as a grassroots organization now has a continuing role to play as the effects of climate change become more obvious. Habitat protection, climate mitigation and adaptation, reducing waste and our footprint by adopting a circular economy – these are all things that AWARE works on and more!
What AWARE programs / work do you think community members need to know more about?
The advocacy that AWARE does at a municipal level and beyond is important – to nudge governments to take action on environmental issues.
What advice do you have to others who are considering a donation / volunteering?
I’m in my second season of participation in the Greenhouse program [GROW Whistler – Community Greenhouse and Gardens]. I am able to harvest my own greens all summer and into fall! This program was taken over by AWARE with very little funding. I live in a condo with no access to my own dirt. The Greenhouses also provide community connection. I hope that people will consider supporting AWARE in the many programs they have – Zero Waste Heroes, the school programs, Repair Café or helping the toads find their way – just a few of the many ways AWARE impacts our community. Act locally, think globally!