The 2018 SLLP
The Rivershed Society of BC has selected ten participants for the 2018 Sustainable Living Leadership Program. The participants, their home towns, and their project ideas are listed below:
- Lisa Bland, Williams Lake
Lisa plans to work on developing collaborative relationships with the Green Gazette and First Nations, Conservation/ Sustainability focused NGOs in the Cariboo Region, and the Rivershed Society of BC in mutually beneficial ways to expand outreach for all and contribute to the viability and sustainability of the Green Gazette.
- Riley Brennan, Prince George
Riley’s project idea is to create an interactive, educational and immersive online storymap of the Fraser River that showcases the river’s cultural, natural, and recreational features. This storymap will allow people living along the Fraser River—as well as those much farther from its shores—to experience its beautiful, poignant and fascinating features. The ultimate goal is to inspire individuals to experience more of the rivershed and to become engaged in helping maintain its health.
- Brock Endean, Vancouver
Brock’s project idea is to create an interactive, educational and immersive online storymap of the Fraser River that showcases the river’s cultural, natural, and recreational features. This storymap will allow people living along the Fraser River—as well as those much farther from its shores—to experience its beautiful, poignant and fascinating features. The ultimate goal is to inspire individuals to experience more of the rivershed and to become engaged in helping maintain its health.
- Myka Kollmann, Delta
Myka’s project idea consists of working with the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society in their outreach and education programs. The aim, directed mainly towards young people, is to raise awareness of white sturgeon in the river and teach people the proper ways of handling the fish as well as their importance to the ecosystem of the Fraser.
- Sasha Makhneva, Burnaby
Sasha’s project idea is a website to educate Burnaby residents about local plants, birds, sustainability initiatives and no-trace hiking with the goal that with local, practical education, people of Burnaby would become more aware of their environmental impact and reconnect themselves to nature.
- Ella Parker, Whitehorse
Ella will be assisting with the implementation of a school-based community monitoring project of the Nechako Rivershed with the University of British Columbia & School District 91.
- Samantha Penner, Ladner
Samantha plans to work on hosting community restoration planting on conservation lands throughout British Columbia.
- Vanessa Scott, Comox
For her community project, Vanessa plans to raise awareness and build momentum for the largest rewilding project in the history of the Comox Valley: the multi-year grassroots effort led by Project Watershed to restore a decommissioned sawmill site on the Courtenay River.
- Erica Stahl, Vancouver
Erica plans to develop legal education materials that would help communities use legal tools to respond to oil spills in freshwater. Legal education materials would help Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities assert their rights and protect the ecosystems they care about.
- Brandi Wattam, Lillooet
Brandi plans to work with the Lillooet Naturalist Society, Splitrock Environmental, and Lillooet Learns to create local outdoor education and adventure programs for young people in the Lillooet area. She would like to start a chapter of Naturekids—a young naturalist society—running explore days while also creating outdoor programs for youth empowerment and self awareness through team building, environmental awareness, and community initiatives.
We are excited to watch these ten 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 14th 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, August 11 – Morning hike through Ancient Cedar rainforest, Hwy 16 near Crescent Spur
- Sunday, August 12 – Cultural event at Xatśūll Heritage Village, Soda Creek (north of Williams Lake)
- Monday, August 13 – Afternoon DFO juvenile fish net demonstration at the mouth of Williams Lake Creek, Williams Lake
- Saturday, August 18 – Bridge River tour / Cayoosh Creek Campground, Lillooet
- Saturday, August 25 – Morning tour of Glen Valley Organic Farm, Langley
- Sunday, August 26 – Lunch at the Fraser River Discovery Centre, New Westminster
- Monday, August 27 – Paddle completion and afternoon arrival at Jericho Sailing Centre, Vancouver
Updates from Along the Way
Watch this space while the 2018 trip is underway (August 2 – 28) for updates.