A much beloved young girl and old soul, Mischa Arnott was born and brought up in the mountains of British Columbia, and made a special connection with every person who walked alongside during her journey. After many years of illness, she passed away at age 11 after her beautiful heart and mind could no longer be carried by a broken body.
It was in these mountains – both literally and figuratively – that she found compassion, strength, and a positive bravery that knew no bounds. Her love for climbing and skiing from the age of 2, and freedom through art and music, to her astounding connection and concern with animals and particularly wildlife, reminded us all of her big beautiful open heart. She connected friends and strangers alike, as one felt drawn to her for her sky high optimism in the face of such steep and insurmountable obstacles.
It was her wish to return one day to these very mountains to climb and ski and watch the pikas scramble through the boulders, and as such a dedicated youth bunk room and mountain education project is being established in conjunction with the Spearhead Hut Society, in her name.
This legacy project will welcome youth to participate in the hut and surrounding mountains, introducing and educating our young people to the beauty of these mountains, and how these experiences can change lives forever.
Mischa reminded us that we each have our own mountains to climb.
With love, no summit is too high.
Our goal is to raise $40,000 in Mischa’s honour. We’re working with her family, friends and the Community Foundation of Whistler to make this a reality. No gift is too small. If you’d like to name a bunk in Mischa’s room the minimum donation is $2500. Any amount of donation will go towards this legacy project for youth and to provide hut-based mountain education programs