Welcome to the Whistler Search & Rescue Society
The Whistler Search and Rescue Society is a registered non-profit organization in the province of British Columbia, Canada. Its primary function is that of a community resource to assist the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in a variety of search and rescue functions.
Recent News & Videos:
On October 26, 2019, we held our 20th Anniversary of our Whistler Search & Rescue “Wine’d Up” Gourmet Dinner and Fundraiser. The generosity from the community and businesses enabled us to raise over $105,000! This surpassed our expectations and will contribute to helping us fund a new Search & Rescue vehicle in 2020. A special acknowledgement also goes to Whistler Blackcomb and the Mountain Host program, who donate their tips from touring guests to WSAR. This year the Mountain Hosts raised over $8,000 and our evening auction match more than doubled that amount of contribution! WSAR could not operate without the support from our local community and the Sea to Sky corridor. Thank you!
October 20, 2018: Annual Whistler Search & Rescue Fundraiser Raises Over $90K!
October 20th, marked our 19th year for the annual Whistler Search & Rescue Wine’d Up 2018 Gourmet Dinner & Auction Fundraiser. Every year, this single event raises vital funds to support our incredible community of 32 volunteers who donate their time 24/7 at a moment’s call for service.
Wine’d Up 2018, held at Dusty’s Creekside, sold out on the first day! We thank and recognize our community of supporters throughout the Sea to Sky, who joined us for this delightful experience of gourmet food, wine tasting and lively auction. This is the largest amount we have ever raised. We are overwhelmed from the generosity from our guests, and we can’t thank you enough.
June 1, 2018
Whistler Blackcomb Vail Resorts presented Whistler Search & Rescue Society with a cheque of $7,800 on behalf of the Mountain Hosts from tips generously received from guests.
The Mountain Hosts provide complimentary orientation tours for guests throughout the winter season. We are grateful for Whistler Blackcomb Vail Resort’s support to WSAR and recognition of the service we provide.
October 17, 2017: Renata Lewis, WSAR Member, Shares Learning Points on Rescues & Tips for Trip Planning
Whistler Search and Rescue Volunteer Renata Lewis dropped by the Whistler FM 101.5 “Apres Lounge” to talk about what the team behind the scenes of backcountry emergencies does, and their taste in music.
Recorded on 10-17-2017. To listen, click here: Whistler FM Tuesday Takeover with WSAR
October 16, 2017: Annual Whistler Search & Rescue Fundraiser Raises Over $75K!
October 14th, marked our 18th year for the annual Whistler Search & Rescue Wine’d Up 2017 Gourmet Dinner & Auction Fundraiser. Every year, this single event raises vital funds to support our incredible community of 33 volunteers who donate their time 24/7 at a moment’s call for service.
Wine’d Up 2017, held at Dusty’s Creekside, sold out within the first 2 weeks, which speaks to the support of our amazing community. We thank and recognize our community of supporters throughout the Sea to Sky, who joined us for this delightful experience of gourmet food, wine tasting and lively auction. We beat our expectations, once again, on the generosity from our guests, and we can’t thank you enough.
June 8, 2017: Inside Whistler’s Search & Rescue: We go behind the scenes with WSAR to meet the women who volunteer their time to help others in their community – very proud to feature Paige Bell and Renata Lewis!
April 2, 2017
Whistler Search & Rescue is very grateful to Whistler Blackcomb’s Mountain Hosts who this year are donating the tips they receive from guests to WSAR.
We also want to especially acknowledge Danielle Lesperance, a Mountain Host who donated her time and services on Sunday, April 2, offering haircuts to anyone on Whistler Mountain. Danielle raised $360 cutting hair at 6,000 feet!
March 9, 2017
Each year, the Province recognizes Public Safety Lifeline Volunteer Award winners and their significant contributions to emergency and disaster response throughout British Columbia. These award winners are a select few among thousands of Public Safety Lifeline Volunteers who conduct air and ground searches, help the victims of serious car accidents, set up networks of volunteer teams, and co-ordinate services for victims of natural disasters.
On March 9, 2017, the following recipients received awards:
- Emergency Social Services – Deborah Reid (Vancouver Island Region, Victoria)
- Search and Rescue – Brad Sills (South West Region, Whistler)
- Radio Communications – Bernie Leaker (South West Region, North Vancouver)
- PEP Air – Al & Kathy Kasatkin (South West Region, Abbotsford)
- Road Rescue – Fernie Road Rescue (South East Region, Fernie)
- Lifetime Achievement – Ron Essex (Central Region, Salmon Arm)