2016 SLLP


The 2016 SLLP

Participants | Itinerary | Updates along the way

2016 Participants

The Rivershed Society of BC has selected nine participants for the 2016 Sustainable Living Leadership Program. The participants, their home towns, and their project ideas are listed below:

  • Oliver Berger, Williams Lake
    Oliver aims to create educational and fun short videos that cover recycling, compost, gardening, rain water collection and waste management education.
  • Candice Ford, Tatlayoko Lake
    There are two parts to Candice’s project: (1) assist in developing and carrying-out a campaign to protect the Fraser Canyon Corridor; and, (2) assist in the delivery of future RSBC leadership programs, including identifying ways the SLLP could be expanded and/or improved.
  • Simran Lehal, Williams Lake
    Simran’s project centers on strengthening sustainability education in healthcare by examining how to support educational practices in healthcare to enhance the social, economic and environmental health of Northern BC.
  • John Lewis, Coquitlam
    John will be working on ARTicipation, an outreach program that encourages kids and youth to think about watershed health, and to give them an outlet for those thoughts and feelings through collaborative art – creating a community canvas that expresses a particular theme.
  • Petra Markova, Port Coquitlam
    Petra’s project will include giving public talks about her experience during the SLLP, the importance of watershed protection, and what people can do to get involved in the process.
  • Orion Radies, Vancouver
    Orion plans to film and take photos during the trip to create a film that he will have edited with the intent of capturing the essence of his journey.
  • Megan Rempel, Coquitlam
    Megan aims to work on expanding municipal recycling programs to clean up cigarette butt litter.
  • David Tracey, Vancouver
    David plans to work on a project focusing on eco-tourism marketing of the SLLP.
  • Simon Zukowski, Victoria
    Simon intends to organize a citizen assembly on the health of the Fraser river. The assembly would be made up of randomly selected residents of communities within the Fraser River Basin.

We are excited to see these nine individuals learn and grow over the course of the program, and look forward to the positive impacts they will make in their communities after the Sustainable Living Leadership Program wraps up for its 13th season.


If you are on the Fraser River this summer, 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, July 23 – Morning hike through Ancient Cedar rainforest, Hwy 16 near Crescent Spur
  • Sunday, July 24 – Cultural Day Celebration at Xatśūll Heritage Village, Soda Creek (north of Williams Lake)
  • Monday, July 25 – Afternoon DFO juvenile fish net demonstration at the mouth of Williams Lake Creek, Williams Lake
  • Saturday, July 30 – Bridge River tour / Cayoosh Creek Campground, Lillooet
  • Thursday, August 4 – Morning tour of Glen Valley Organic Farm, Langley
  • Friday, August 5 – Lunch at the Fraser River Discovery Centre, New Westminster
  • Saturday, August 6 – Paddle completion and afternoon arrival at Jericho Sailing Centre, Vancouver

Updates from Along the Way

July 23, 2016: A new blog post from SLLP participant Megan Rempel has been posted to the blog. See “The Goat River” here.

July 20, 2016: “SLLP Update – Day 7” has been posted to our blog.

July 19, 2016:SLLP Update – Day 6” has been posted to our blog.

July 18, 2016: A new blog post from SLLP participant David Tracey has been posted. See “Update from the Fraser – Day 4” here.

Sherrel Shaw, the Gathering Tree owner, with SLLP advisor, Fin Donnelly.
Sherrel Shaw with Fin Donnelly.

July 14, 2016: The facilitation/advisory team stopped at the Gathering Tree restaurant in Valemount for lunch on their way to the Robson Shadows campground for the beginning of the SLLP. Sherrel Shaw, the Gathering Tree owner, sponsored their lunch. Thank you!
Program starts tomorrow. All is going well so far.

July 12, 2016: Jacquie Lanthier, one of our SLLP facilitators, posted an update while the facilitation/advisory team were on their way to the Robson Shadows Campground for the beginning of the SLLP. Read it here.