Would you like to spend 26 days exploring the Mighty Fraser this summer? The Rivershed Society of B.C. is hosting their fourteenth annual Sustainable Living Leadership Program (SLLP) from July 20 – August 14, 2017, and is seeking sustainability leaders who dream of starting, or who may already be working on, sustainability initiatives to apply for this once-in-a-lifetime trip.
The educational program takes participants from the headwaters of the Fraser River near Mount Robson to the shores of Vancouver, 1400 kilometers downstream. You travel by canoe, raft, shuttle van, and on foot, and explore ‘off-the-beaten-track’ parts of BC, and learn about the geography, biology and history of the landscape from skilled facilitators and guides.
Megan Rempel, a 2016 SLLP participant and BCIT graduate from the Lower Mainland has been working on expanding municipal recycling programs to clean up cigarette butt litter.
“Travelling down the Fraser River has changed the way I view my life. It’s reconnected me to nature,” said Rempel, who received a $500 grant from RSBC for her SLLP project. “Despite being a small piece of litter, cigarette butts are the largest contributor to litter out of all plastic products found along Canada’s shorelines.”
Megan is now the Coquitlam collection leader for Terracycle Canada, a company that receives cigarette butt waste for recycling, and in turn donates money to a chosen charity.
Megan was part of a group of nine from around the province who enjoyed the SLLP adventure in 2016. Other participants are working on projects that include eco-tourism, health care, watershed health and protection, recycling, compost, gardening, rainwater collection and waste management education.
Team building, conflict resolution, communication and critical thinking are an important part of the SLLP program. Throughout the journey, you discuss sustainability issues, identify and build upon your own talents, and develop a formal plan for your sustainability project.
To qualify, participants must be 19 years of age or older and physically fit. Community volunteer experience is an asset. The application deadline is April 30th.
Get more information and register here.
The Rivershed Society of B.C. is a non-profit charitable organization with a mission to conserve, protect and restore the health of BC riversheds in this generation. RSBC is made up of a voluntary board of directors, a small staff, annual programs and events, and many volunteers, members and donors. RSBC works with numerous watershed stewardship groups, First Nations, government and community leaders throughout the Fraser River Basin and British Columbia. https://rivershed.com
Map – SLLP Journey Route (click to view or download larger image).
Canoeing to Vancouver.jpg – The SLLP nearing the end of their journey, on the Salish Sea approaching Vancouver – photo by Doug Radies (Click to view or download larger image).
2016 SLLP Trip video by 2016 participant Orion Radies: