Born in Montreal in 1961, Wendy was a Whistler resident from the early 1980s until the early 1990s. She was a ski patroller on Blackcomb Mountain for five years with a special interest in helicopter rescues. At the same time, in addition to serving as a volunteer officer with the Whistler RCMP, she became involved as a part-time paramedic with the British Columbia Ambulance Service in Whistler.
Wendy transferred to Vancouver to become fully active in ambulance work. Partly because of her dedicated love of children, she became part of the the BCAS Infant Transport Team. It was on a mercy flight to the Queen Charlotte Islands on January 11, 1995 that the jet aircraft carrying her crew was lost at sea off Masset. All medical staff and air crew were killed.
Wendy loved the mountains, and did a lot of hiking, climbing, and cycling on the Coast and in the Rockies. If the Whistler Section of the Alpine Club of Canada had been in existence while she lived here, she would certainly have been an active member.
Wendy’s estate has furnished the capital funding for construction of the “Wendy Thompson Hut”. May all who use it enjoy a wonderful mountain experience.