Posted by: PPHR | February 21, 2010

Whistler Canada Olympic House: Pancakes and Sustainability – Canada’s nation house in Whistler welcomes 1500 people for its latest open house

Whistler Canada Olympic House (WCOH) was bustling Saturday as it opened to the community for a hearty pancake breakfast and a morning of entertainment and sustainability education.

“I’m very happy with the turnout. We’ve had 800 people through the door in the first hour,” said Julie Morris from Whistler Canada Olympic House. “The feedback we are getting is all positive.”

Activities included a visit from Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) spokesbeaver Woody, live entertainment from North Vancouver children’s singers Bobs and Lolo, a sustainability talk from the Whistler Centre for Sustainability, and a book reading from Whistler author Sarah Leach. Leach is the author of Mountain Machines, a children’s counting book.

About 100 young fans were on hand for the morning’s events which included singing, dancing, and making cow bells out of recycled tin cans. “My favourite song is the one about the jellyfish,” said Whistler resident Jaden Richer, 5, and newfound fan of Bobs and Lolo.

Cheeying Ho, Executive Director of the Whistler Centre for Sustainability, was on hand to talk about the Centre’s role in helping communities create their own sustainability plans and to showcase the Centre’s new video, available at http://www.whistlercentre.ca

By the end of the morning WCOH saw over 1500 people attend its third open house of the Games. The next community pancake breakfast will take place Saturday, February 27, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

WCOH serves as a meeting and celebration space for Canadian Olympic athletes and their family and friends. It is also a place to showcase Whistler, British Columbia and Canada, host international guests, and hold events. Outside of community events, access is by accreditation or invitation. WCOH is a partnership between the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the Province of British Columbia, and the Government of Canada.

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