‘I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.’ – Mother Teresa
100 Women Who Care Whistler is designed to make an immediate positive effect on the lives of our neighbours by bringing together 100 (or more) women in Whistler who care about local community causes and who are committed to community strength. Our meetings are one hour in length and take place four times per year; beginning and ending with an optional beverage reception, allowing our members to mingle and network with like minded women in our community. Each meeting agenda includes three member nominated charities presenting their need for a financial donation, attending membership voting (majority wins) and a cheque presentation to the selected charity. Every member commits to donating $100 x 4 meetings per year = $40,000 per year to our local sea to sky community.
100 Women Who Care was started in November of 2006 by Karen Dunigan of Jackson, Michigan as a simple way to raise money quickly and efficiently for local charities. At their first one-hour meeting, the group of over 100 women each wrote a cheque for $100 directly to The Center for Family Health, their chosen local charity, raising $12,800 to buy 300 new baby cribs. Since then, chapters have formed all over the world. There are now more than 850 chapters either fully operational (600) or under development (more than 250) and they include women, men, people, kids, and teens chapters.
Our local Whistler Chapter was founded in December of 2018 by Ashlie Girvan, who discovered the 100 Who Care Alliance while getting lost in her InstaStories late one night. Ashlie recognized the simplicity and potential surrounding this fundraising initiative and quickly reached out to Kourtney McKercher, Ruth Barrow and Courtney knight to join forces with her as the organization committee; we are each strong in our own right, but together we are stronger. Ashlie approached the 100 Women Sea to Sky chapter founder (now 100 Women Squamish) and asked for their blessing in opening a Whistler based chapter. Our first inaugural meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 29, and we are so very excited to see the impact of two 100 Women chapters in our Sea to Sky community.