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Whistler Reads: Leanna Hutchins is WR's New Program Administrator!

abstract: Please join us in welcoming Leanna Hutchins. Leanna has joined Whistler Reads as the new Program Administrator effective immediately. Her role will be to develop and execute new and fresh programming, liaise and partner with Whistler’s literary, business and non-profit communities, and continue a tradition of quality events that Whistler Reads has provided this community for the past decade.

Leanna brings an extensive background in leadership roles for humanitarian causes with the International Committee of the Red Cross, Doctors without Borders and other NGOs. She was Head of Mission for crisis intervention in several war-torn countries in Africa (including South Sudan) Central Asia and the Caucuses. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bishop's University in International Relations, Liberal Arts and Anthropology, and studied Political Science and Government for a year at Sciences Po Lille, France. She speaks French and Russian and shares many athletic Whistler passions, such as alpine and backcountry skiing, wake-surfing, mountain biking, yoga and she can be found hanging out mid-air in crazy positions suspended by ribbons of fabric from the ceiling at the Whistler Gymnastics Centre with the “Silks” team. She lives with her husband, Ryan Nadeau in Rainbow.

Leanna can be reached via email at, or her mobile 1(604) 907-1044. To join Whistler Reads go to and click on the “Whistler Reads” column where all our current and past events are posted. News and events are also posted on our Facebook page and Tweets @WhistlerReads (formerly @BookBuffet).

Whistler Reads – the village book group, was founded in 2004 by Paula Shackleton who saw the need for a public forum in which to discuss books and topical issues germane to the community. Membership quickly grew. To date, the group has hosted 52 public events. Shackleton now runs her family farm on the Similkameen River a few hours from Whistler over the Duffy Lake Road in the Interior of BC. She is thrilled to welcome Leanna on board to Whistler Reads.


July 16, 2017

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