Community Corner – April 23

WWS Spotlight

A chance to meet our school community

Yuko Iwanaga – WWS Violin Teacher

Spotlight Throwback!
Here below is Yuko’s spotlight we featured last year.

Violinist, music teacher for WWS Senior Strings, backcountry enthusiast, music lover

Tell us a little about yourself.
I am originally from Japan, but moved to Canada many years ago. I live with my husband Glen, and cats Tama and Maru in Squamish. I was 7 years old when I first picked up the violin after being inspired by a Russian string quartet that came to visit my school. When I’m not playing music, I can usually be found somewhere in the mountains with skis, hiking boots or climbing gear.

What do you most enjoy about teaching music at the school?
What I’ve most enjoyed has been seeing the moments where the students discover the beauty of harmony – the beauty of music. It’s been incredibly satisfying for me to see the students experience the magic of making music together as a group.

What is one of your favourite pieces of all time to play?
Passacaglia in G minor by Handel-Halvorsen is an incredible and beautiful piece of music. The duet is also known as “the impossible duo.” It’s passionate, dramatic and also technically challenging. Performed with either the viola or cello, the piece features several passages where the two instruments appear to be having a conversation. I enjoy this “conversation” and how with the violin, I can have a conversation without saying a word.

Thank you Yuko and for sharing your beautiful music! 

Bulletin Board Listings

Event and  ISO Posts from our community

Whistler Food Bank New Location:

The Whistler Community Services Society (WCSS) Food Bank has moved to the Whistler Conference Centre and is open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 3 pm. There is no appointment necessary. We will give out food while supplies last every day.

Thank you so much for passing this on! Please call 604-902-4800 if you have a question for need to book an appointment for another time.

PEACE Counselling Program available for families

Now more than ever it is important to be connecting and supporting children, youth and families.

The PEACE Counselling program is offered through the Howe Sound Women’s Centre & funded through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

This program provides service to children and families who have experienced family conflict and/or violence in the home through separation and divorce. It aims to help promote problem solving, model healthy expression of feelings and help children define personal boundaries for emotional strength and safety.

Full program details including contacts in their Letter to schools

There are no requirements to access the food bank. Families can book an appointment starting Monday, March 30th.

Virtual events @ the Whistler Public Library.

The Whistler Public library has moved their community events online! Using Zoom and Facebook Live the WPL will bring you virtual versions of some of your favourite programs, from Book Club to Story Time to Meditation and more.

The full list of programs for all ages is in the  Virtual Events Calendar.