Where The Heart Is
If you’ve been following me for any length of time, there’s a good chance you know that my heart belongs in Whistler. I’ve been going there since I was a little girl, having grown up in Vancouver. It’s been my escape as well as the playground for my family through all four seasons of the year. The lakes are beautiful places to float, kayak and paddle board (I can’t swim, so that’s the best I can do in the water), while the mountains are where I tackle the runs among stunning scenery in the winter.
So when I was recently offered an opportunity to head to Whistler for a weekend - with one of my best girls, Alicia Haque of Go Live Explore, no less - there was no way I would turn that down. PLUS, it was going to be at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, nestled at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. If you know anything about Whistler, the Fairmont is considered the grand dame.
A Getaway with a Purpose
While going for a girls’ getaway is a no-brainer, what really made it more meaningful was that it was purpose-driven. The weekend coincided with an artist’s retreat as part of the Whistler Trees of Hope art auction benefitting Canuck Place, a children’s hospice providing holistic paediatric palliative care for newborns, children, youth and their families living with progressive, life-threatening conditions. Sponsored by the Fairmont and Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont, the ten artists (from BC and Alberta) spent the weekend creating beautiful paintings that would be auctioned off online. Alicia and I were invited to spend time witnessing the artistic process and learn directly from the artists about their inspirations for their pieces.
To see these folks donating their time and talent towards such a good cause was incredibly inspiring. It makes you not only stop and appreciate beautiful works of art but also witness the artistic community coming together for humanity. With so much negativity being amplified around the globe across television screens and social media, we often overlook the more positive stories that remind us there is still a lot of good in this world.
If you are interested in making a difference, consider bidding on one of these beautiful works of art starting December 1st. The auction will run through January 7, 2018 and you can view the ten paintings online at any time.