Sundial Boutique Hotel to donate one night’s revenue to support local women’s
programs to help offset the negative reputation of May Long Weekend
Guests who stay at the Sundial Boutique Hotel in Whistler on May 21, 2016 will be able to sleep easy knowing that 100 per cent of revenue will go towards the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation in support of women’s mental health programs, shelters and community aid groups.
“Giving back to our community is a key pillar of our business values and one that allows our team and guests to make a difference while enjoying the incredible experiences Whistler has to offer,” says Sundial Boutique Hotel owner David Demers.
“It’s a fantastic time of year to be in Whistler. You can go skiing, biking and swimming in the lakes all in one day, and the Great Outdoors Festival is also being held May Long Weekend.”
This year, Demers chose to hold the fundraising event on May 21 as a way to claim back the weekend that has garnered some controversy in the past.
“The May Long weekend has developed a negative reputation in Whistler, but that is all changing,” explains Demers. “With the recent opening of the Audain Art Museum, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, the Whistler Museum and all the amazing restaurants and boutique art galleries, the area is becoming just as much of a cultural hub as it is a place to play outside.”
Demers believes the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation is the right vehicle to donate to as they support many different initiatives. The non-profit organization funds everlasting community projects within the Sea to Sky Corridor while building strong relationships with residents of the community. The organization is dedicated to providing financial support to organizations whose activities provide benefits to residents in the areas of health, human services, education, recrea-tion, arts, culture and the environment with a special emphasis placed on youth and family programs.
This is the third year in a row that Demers has donated one night’s revenue to a charity. Previous recipients include the Rick Hansen Foundation and the Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation. Demers thoughtfully chooses each charity, opting to focus on a different area of need in the community every year.