Rivershed Society of B.C. Celebrates 20 Years

Rivershed Society of B.C. Celebrates 20 Years

The MV Native paddlewheeler which docks at New Westminster Quay, was the location of the Rivershed Society of BC's annual Fraser River Sunset Dinner Cruise fundraiser on June 25th.
The MV Native paddlewheeler which docks at New Westminster Quay, was the location of the Rivershed Society of BC’s annual Fraser River Sunset Dinner Cruise fundraiser on June 25th.

On Saturday, June 25th, the Rivershed Society of BC (RSBC) held their annual Fraser River Dinner Cruise fundraiser aboard the MV Native paddlewheeler and kicked off their 20th anniversary celebrations as a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of BC’s longest river, the Fraser. The Society’s AGM preceded the dinner cruise and also took place aboard the paddlewheeler.

Benefiting the RSBC’s flagship program, the Sustainable Living Leadership Program (SLLP), the dinner cruise was a resounding success and was supported by the City of New Westminster.  Clear, sunny skies allowed for spectacular views while the vessel cruised from the New Westminster Quay, past the mouths of Fraser River tributaries (Brunette, Coquitlam and Pitt Rivers),  to the top end of the Douglas Island Wildlife Preserve and back to the New Westminster Quay.

Founder of the Rivershed Society of B.C., Fin Donnelly speaks to those gathered for their AGM on board the MV Native paddlewheeler.
Founder of the Rivershed Society of B.C., Fin Donnelly speaks to those gathered for their AGM on board the MV Native paddlewheeler.

“It was great to see so many familiar faces onboard the Native,” said RSBC founder Fin Donnelly, who chaired the 19th Annual General Meeting prior to the dinner cruise. “Twenty years is a significant milestone for our organization. We formed at a time when there were many threats facing the health of the Fraser River. While some of those threats have been addressed, many others still exist – the work of the RSBC is still vitally needed.”

The Rivershed Society of B.C.'s 2016 /17 Board of directors were elected at an AGM on board the MV Native paddlewheeler. Seen left to right: Fin Donnelly, Kareen Wong, Siobhan Ashe, Olga Schwartzkopf, Susan Jarema, Kim North, Neal Nicholson, Bette McLennan. Missing is Lee Simmons.
The Rivershed Society of B.C.’s 2016 /17 Board of directors were elected at an AGM on board the MV Native paddlewheeler. Seen left to right: Fin Donnelly, Kareen Wong, Siobhan Ashe, Olga Schwartzkopf, Susan Jarema, Kim North, Neal Nicholson, Bette McLennan. Missing is Lee Simmons.

During the AGM, Fin Donnelly, Siobhan Ashe, Neal Nicholson, Bette McLennan, Kim North, Kareen Wong, Susan Jarema and Lee Simmons were either re-elected or newly elected as the 2016 /17 RSBC Board of Directors.

Keynote speaker for the AGM was Natalya Melnychuk, a SLLP 2014 alumni, who spoke about her community project, a book which she produced called, “Chase by Choice.”

The evening raised over $8,500, the proceeds of which will benefit the educational program’s annual trip from the Fraser River headwaters to the Salish Sea.”

“We celebrated 20 years of achievement, heard from SLLP alumni, experienced the Fraser River and raised money for the RSBC’s Sustainable Living Leadership Program – and now we look forward to FraserFEST at the end of August,” said Donnelly.

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