Testimonials

Kind words from our clients throughout British Columbia, Alberta and the Yukon.

“Developing a strategic plan is one of the most important and sometimes elusive tasks for Councils and their management teams. The strategic planning process led by Shannon with the Whistler Centre has created the clarity and focus we need for the next four years – and it brought our managers and Council team together in a forum of equals.  A clear, well-designed process has us all moving in the same direction. Shannon did a superior job documenting our outcomes into a plan that our team uses every day.”

Bob Macpherson

CAO, District of Tofino

“I would like to express my thanks to you and the team from Whistler Centre for Sustainability for all the work you’ve put into the ICSP for Harrison.  I can assure you that it will remain a priority on my agenda for the coming years.”

Ken Becotte

former Mayor, Harrison Hot Springs

“FCM engaged Cheeying to support several workshops at our 2015 Sustainable Communities Conference in London, ON. She delivered an engaging and informative presentation on new approaches to local economic development that received tremendous praise. I highly recommend Cheeying as a facilitator and consultant.”

Chris Lindberg

Manager of Knowledge Services, Green Municipal Fund, Federation of Canadian Municipalities

“We have recently used the strategic planning services offered by Shannon. She engaged our team of staff and board members in a creative participatory process that was efficiently and effectively run – and on a tight timeline. We were very pleased with the process and the results, and we are moving forward with clearer shared direction. We have already booked them for our next strategic planning meetings.”

Roger Soane

President & CEO, Whistler Sports Legacies

The Whistler Centre has done some excellent work for the District of Tofino over the last four years including the development of an Integrated Comprehensive Sustainability Plan, a Tourism Master Plan and a Strategic Plan. The work that they have done for us is exemplary in its collaborative approach that builds and documents consensus.

Bob Macpherson

CAO, District of Tofino

“I want to thank [the Whistler Centre and Dovetail Consulting] for an excellent strategic planning session. I heard some great feedback about your process and ability to extract a lot of information in a short time. You have managed us all very well. Thank you!”

 

Doti Niedermayer

Executive Director , Whistler Arts Council

“Dan and the Whistler Centre designed a well-informed community-driven tourism master planning process. Our process integrated our long term community goals, strengthened the relationships amongst tourism stakeholders and helped us focus on priority actions. This work has put all of the community’s tourism partners on the same page, which has been invaluable”

Bob Macpherson

CAO, District of Tofino

“The Whistler Centre for Sustainability (WCS) did a great job.  They produced a document with a serious amount of information for us to use, and reasonable and achievable recommendations.  I would definitely use WCS again, and will continue to recommend you to anyone who asks.”

Kerry Mehaffey

Economic Development Officer, Lil'wat Nation / Mount Currie Band

“Thanks ever so much for delivering [the community event] in such a spectacular manner and for doing so with a large smile day and night. It was a privilege for us to play a small role in such a wonderful and powerful community event.” Jeff Dawson

General Manager, Community Futures Howe Sound

“I really enjoyed that meeting last night. It was my favorite one thus far. Shannon – you are an excellent facilitator! Thanks for doing your best to keep us on track and on time.”

Lisa Cabana

Montrose ICSP Advisory Committee member

“Very happy with how the plan turned out! Thanks Dan for your tenacity and good work!”

Laura Beckett

Municipal Planner, District of Highlands

“It was an exciting process with an excellent outcome.  It already has us rethinking our approach to things.”

Ted Tisdale

former CAO , Harrison Hot Springs

“The Get Bear Smart Society was very pleased with the facilitation of our Bear Think Tank Workshop by Shannon Gordon of the Centre for Sustainability Whistler. She was truly a pleasure to work with from the planning stage through to the evolution of our workshop notes. She handled our group with ease and diplomacy, ensuring that everyone’s views were heard and considered. We would absolutely recommend their services to anyone requiring workshop or meeting facilitation. The facilitation process can make or break the quality of the results. And with everyone’s time being so limited, we really wanted to make the most of it. And that’s exactly what we got from Shannon. Thumbs up from all participants!”

Sylvia Dolson

Executive Director, Get Bear Smart Society

“Thanks again for tonight, you did a great job and squeezed some good info out of a small number of people!”

Kevin Chartres

Chief Administrative Officer, Village of Montrose

“I think both the Forever Faro ICSP and OCP are very well done, and I’m excited to start making some progress on all the issues we identified!”

Heather Grantham

Councillor, Town of Faro

“I liked working with you, you’re excellent at what you do, and you manage to be very personable and very professional at the same time. All the time. That’s not easy to pull off. I would be very happy to find another project. I will be looking out for one, too.”

Pieter van Gils

Owner, Headwater Capital Consulting

“It was a real treat for our Community Futures group to be involved in such a first class event. Thanks ever so much for delivering in such a spectacular manner and for doing so with a large smile day and night. It was a privilege for us to play a small role in such a wonderful and powerful community event.”

Jeff Dawson

General Manager, Community Futures Howe Sound