On 10 December 2019 Vail Resorts announced that CEO Rob Katz gave $2.8 Million in Grants to Further Mental & Behavioral Health Efforts in Mountain Resort Communities across North America. The Whistler Learning Centre (now known as the Whistler Institute) was selected to receive $103,270 CAD to support programming with First Nations including life skills training, culturally appropriate peer support groups, and the development of program to train First Nation therapists. Read the full press release here.
Living Skills Training Program & Peer Support Worker Program
The Living Skills Training Program and Peer Support Worker Program will complement the Indigenous & Intercultural Awareness Training Program and provide the essential skills needed to prepare workers for expanded employment opportunities. Local Líl̓wat peer support workers will be trained to provide support within the Líl̓wat community. The program goals will contribute to individuals securing and retaining employment and contribute to the greater mental health of the community. These programs are currently under development and expected to be ready for delivery in spring 2022.