Charity Recipient

Cornucopia is a charity event. Giving back while being of service to Whistler and surrounding community is central to the festival’s mission. Cornucopia has raised over $500,000 to help community initiatives. Each year, Cornucopia events raise in excess of $35,000 for its named charity. Cornucopia organizers are pleased to name Whistler Public Library and The Whistler Writing Society as the 2017 charity joint recipients.

The Whistler Public Library Association was formed in December 1985 by a dedicated group of community minded citizens. From humble beginnings in the basement of Municipal Hall in 1986 to doubling its space in 1994 in Village North, the library made its final move in 2008. The new Whistler Public Library opened the doors of its spectacular new permanent home on January 26, 2008.

The Whistler Public Library is one of the busiest in the province and serves as a community hub for locals, seasonals, and visitors. Various programs are offered to the community such as weekly story times for preschoolers, summer reading clubs, free legal seminars, monthly movie night, slide shows and author readings. Well-known authors who have visited the Library include W.P. Kinsella, L.R. Wright, George Bowering, Crawford Kilian, Anne Cameron, Susan Musgrave, Andreas Schroeder, Stephen Reid, Spider and Jeanne Robinson, Laurence Gough and Paul Tennant.

The Whistler Writing Society was founded in 2001, became a non-profit organization in 2005, and a charitable organization in 2016. Our group includes over 150 members living in the Sea to Sky Corridor. From its inception the group has promoted the literary arts, provided a forum for local writers to develop their craft within the community, and sponsored literary events for readers and writers in the Sea to Sky Corridor. The society runs the Whistler Writers Festival, (October 12 to 15, 2017), the Whistler Writer in Residence, and the Authors in the Schools program.