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

“On behalf of the Lower Mainland Local Government Association, I wanted to pass along our sincere thanks for your generous support and participation in our Annual Conference. Your contribution to the creation and facilitation of the Big Conversations and Homelessness Session, as well as guidance in restructuring the program, helped us to achieve one of the most well rated conferences in years. I know this was a lot more work than anticipated. Your team’s expert facilitation skills onsite during the event was so greatly appreciated. The new format and strategies around member engagement is one we will continue to build on in future years. I do hope we have the opportunity to work together again. You have been wonderful.”

Sherryl Parsons

Event Coordinator, Lower Mainland Local Government Association

“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

“We have 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

“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

“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

“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

“Cheeying and the rest of the WCS Team helped us to build clarity and ownership of our neighbourhood-level sustainability action plan’s desired outcomes and ensured awareness of the project broadly throughout Surrey that continues to support implementation.”


Erin Desautels

Sustainability Planner, City of Surrey

“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

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

Laura Beckett

Municipal Planner, District of Highlands

“Cheeying designed and led a really well-facilitated process. It was great to see our vision and concept for where the Tofino Housing Corporation is going on paper.” 

Ian Scott

Interim Executive director, Tofino Housing Corporation

“Cheeying came in part way through a complex process. She was able to take the previous process and move our Council and Senior staff through a complex strategic planning process successfully.”

Jacque Killawee

City Clerk, City of New Westminster