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Whistler Reads Director Search

abstract:Are you a person who loves books and interacting with people? Whistler Reads is looking for a new Director to lead groups and manage the program. This will involve picking titles, working up discussion points and questions, organizing meetings, leading groups and keeping up with content for our blog and social media platform.

Whistler Reads is a community literacy program that has operated for over a decade. As the first public book group, Whistler Reads has brought innovation and creative ideas to stimulate dialogue and discussion around books in Whistler. We've profiled prize-winning authors and local talent. Our events have ranged from close readings to expert speakers and panel discussions, to political skits to book themed costume parties, to video productions and podcasts. We've partnered with numerous Whistler groups and organizations and festivals to serve this mountain community's related interests and broaden the scope with popular and provocative published titles: Whistler Museum, WORCA and Crankworks - Pecha Kucha, Cornucopia, WPL to name a few.

A lot has changed in Whistler over the ensuing decade since our inception in 2005: a new public library facility (2007), the active writing community and growing success of the annual Writers Festival, the growth of the Whistler Arts Council and their grasp of the concept to make Whistler a "cultural tourism destination". Then there is last year's initiative to unite the corridor in coordinated literary events via "One Book One Corridor" (2015), and now a new group, The Dream Makers Literacy Committee (2016) whose goal is to incorporate other forms of learning encompassed in the general definition of literacy (numeracy, computer and digital literacy) for fuller cognitive competency in our community.

Whistler Reads has always maintained that open discussion of books contributes to personal development as well as community development. People new to the community have a place to come and meet other locals. Visitors who attend events contribute their worldly perspective - and enjoy meeting Whistlerites as though in our own living room. As we come together as a community to read and discuss books, we grow in ways that benefit community connectedness, enrich our relationships, influence our families, and improve our workplaces. We hone our listening and communication skills, improve our vocabulary, foster inclusivism, tolerance, and understanding. Civic engagement improves -- we vote, we volunteer, we flourish. Studies have even shown reading helps us sleep better and stave off neural decline.

For a list of all our previous events and books that encompass this social enterprise, click on the subject titles of our feature article list (in this column) to see a decade of programming.

Submit your resume and a statement of why you think you'd make a great Whistler Reads Director to

Sincerely, Paula Shackleton
Whistler Reads Founder


January 10, 2016



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