The Whistler Learning Centre Society was incorporated in 2015, formalizing the Whistler Education Group that had formed in 2012 as an independent group to re-imagine how educational opportunities could enhance the Whistler experience. Shortly after, stakeholder and community engagement commenced, research and needs assessments were undertaken, and strong partnerships began to form.
In 2018 the Whistler Learning Centre gained charitable status to assist in its mission to facilitate and promote life-long learning opportunities in the community of Whistler for residents and visitors.
By the end of 2019 the Whistler Learning Centre had delivered over 21 courses in Whistler in collaboration with renowned public postsecondary institutions (British Columbia Institute of Technology, Vancouver Island University, University of Northern BC) and independent instructors as well as launching an acclaimed speaker’s series focused on thought leadership.
In January 2021 the Whistler Learning Centre changed its name to the Whistler Institute of Learning Society to better reflect the breadth and depth of its activities and operates as the Whistler Institute.
The Whistler Institute plans to grow and diversify its course offerings through strong partnerships with post-secondary institutions, local and indigenous educators to meet the needs of the communities in the Sea to Sky Region. This will include hosting more thought leadership forums through an innovative speaker series, launching a new Indigenous & Intercultural Awareness course in collaboration with BCIT and the Lil’wat Nation to facilitate local employment of Lil’wat Nation members and support reconciliation efforts, and developing three new programs to improve mental wellness in First Nations communities.