The 2013 SLLP
Video by Jeremy Williams.
We have selected eight participants for this year’s Sustainable Living Leadership Program. The participants, their home towns, and their project ideas are listed below:
Noelani Dubeta, West Vancouver
Updated: Noelani plans to write an in-depth op-ed article, which we will be able to put up on our site. COMPLETED. In addition, she is putting together a cookbook of recipes from the SLLP trip.
Previous project: Noelani will work on a research project that examines the importance of watershed ecosystems to the well being of local Fraser River communities, with a specific focus on water use.
Candice Jack, Lillooet
Updated: Candice still plans to work on the Natural Resources Gathering Cabin, but is now focusing on the educational programming that will be offered there.
Previous: Candice aims to work with the 3 Stones Alliance, a collective of St’at’imc, Chillcotin and Secwepmewc to build a Natural Resources Gathering Cabin as a way to further protect the back country.
Megan Miller, Vancouver
Updated: Megan now plans to put together a mini-SLLP geared toward youth. The trip will be a 5-day excursion on the Lower Fraser River.
Previous: Megan will demonstrate the importance of experiential and sustainable education in her work as a teacher, by focusing on Ecology 8/9, the Social Responsibility Club, and raising awareness in her community through social media and hosting a photography exhibition.
Colin O’Neil, New Westminster
Updated: Colin’s new plan is to give a presentation at the Fraser River Discovery Centre in New Westminster about realizing and redefining urban space. He plans to ask an urban planner to join himself and Fin Donnelly as speakers. COMPLETED.
Previous: Colin plans to work with New Westminster community centres and schools to promote food growing initiatives in unused public and private spaces.
Marin Patenaude, Horsefly
Updated: Marin’s project still revolves around an album of songs inspired by the Fraser River, but now will instead be a compilation album of different artists.
Previous: Marin will write material for a solo album of songs inspired by the Fraser River while on the SLLP. Proceeds of the album will be put toward the SLLP and the Potato House in Williams Lake. She also aims to create a plan for a native plant nursery at the Potato House.
Marie Pudlas, Burnaby
Marie is working to establish a community garden at Cariboo Hill Secondary School in Burnaby, which will transform a barren lawn site into a native plant and bug garden, complete with plant beds, berry patch, beehives, compost bins, a greenhouse and an outdoor classroom.
Christian Krushel, Coquitlam
Christian’s community project revolves around implementing a food composting program at his church, and spreading the idea to other churches and organizations that host events involving food.
Logan Armstrong, Toronto
Logan plans to produce a short, exciting video of his experience with his peers on the Sustainable Living Leadership Program and post it on the RSBC website and YouTube page. The video will also be shared via Facebook, Twitter and email. COMPLETED.
Tuesday, August 20th
This year’s trip is going really well. The facilitators are excited about the participants and their community projects. The weather has been fantastic and, with the exception of some van trouble and a couple of logistical hiccups, this year has been one of the smoothest running trips yet.
Right at the beginning of the journey, the group had some van trouble which required them to leave the van and canoe parked at Yellowhead Lake. Luckily, they happened across a nice couple with an RV who drove out of their way to give all fourteen of them a ride to their campsite. The van got towed to a mechanic in Valemount, who was kind enough to work on it on the Sunday of a long weekend. More van troubles ensued, which caused the group to have to spend an extra night in McBride, and the van to go back to Valemount. This meant that they had one day less at Goat River and missed out on a hike, but because they had an extra day to work on their community projects and explore, they found a huge waterfall they could walk behind.
The trip has been awesome so far. The group had a great time at the Cultural Celebration at Xat’sull Heritage Village on August 10th. The next day they took part in a fish demonstration at Sheep Creek Bridge with DFO, where they were saddened to hear about the conditions of the Sockeye run this year.
Sadly, the group is seeing very few salmon. The water temperature is noticeably higher than previous years; it is comfortable for swimming in, but dangerously warm for fish. During the DFO demonstration, the group learned that the temperature of the Fraser is measuring at 21.7° C. The lethal temperature for fish is 22° C.
The following weekend they arrived in Lillooet and took part in the Salmon in the Canyon Festival (August 17th). The event had a great turnout with a lot of people there. The SLLP participants gave public presentations at the event, and the facilitators were impressed with how well they did.
Unfortunately, due to the collapsing Sockeye stocks and the fishing ban on the river, the SLLP participants were not able to witness the fishing traditions of the First Nations in the Fraser Canyon this year. However, the group was able to walk around on the rocks and were given a lesson on how to properly cut a fish.
Yesterday was the last day of the rafting portion of the trip. Today they are back to canoeing, they put in at Hope this morning. Tonight they are camping in Kilby, and tomorrow they will be in Langley at the Glen Valley Organic Farm.
Thursday, August 1st
The Sustainable Living Leadership Program started today!
This afternoon, the participants all gathered for the first time in Mount Robson Provincial Park to set up camp and start getting to know each other. Friday they will be going through orientation and talking about leadership, then ending the day by presenting their project plans to each other. On Saturday, they check out Overlander Falls and the Fraser Headwaters before practicing their canoe skills on Yellowhead Lake.
Many of the participants’ community projects have changed. To see the updated list of projects the participants plan on implementing in their home communities, please see the bottom of the page.
If you are on the Fraser River this August, keep an eye out for the group as they pass through your community. If you would like to meet them, stop by and say hi at the following locations, but please keep in mind these dates and times are subject to change due to weather, logistics or other unforeseen circumstances:
- Saturday, August 10 – Morning hike through Ancient Cedar rainforest, Hwy 16 near Crescent Spur
- Sunday, August 11 – Cultural Day Celebration at Xat’sull Heritage Village, Soda Creek (north of Williams Lake)
- Monday, August 12 – Afternoon DFO juvenile fish net demonstration at Sheep Creek Bridge, Williams Lake
- Saturday, August 17 – Salmon in the Canyon Festival at Cayoosh Creek Campground, Lillooet
- Thursday, August 22 – Morning tour of Glen Valley Organic Farm, Langley
- Friday, August 23 – Lunch at the Fraser River Discovery Centre, New Westminster
- Saturday, August 24 – Paddle completion and afternoon arrival at Jericho Sailing Club, Vancouver
2013 Photo Galley