Sustainability Leaders Embarking on 25-day Fraser River Journey

July 14, 2014

Sustainability Leaders Embarking on 25-day Fraser River Journey

Seven emerging sustainability leaders from across British Columbia are converging in Mount Robson Provincial Park before embarking on a trip of a lifetime. Meeting each other for the first time this Thursday, July 16th, they will spend a few days getting acquainted with each other and their mode of travel for much of the trip—a Voyageur Canoe—before starting down the mighty Fraser River.

These seven individuals have been selected to take part in the Sustainable Living Leadership Program (SLLP), a hands-on educational adventure run by the not-for-profit Rivershed Society of BC.

Traveling the route of the salmon, the program will take them from the Fraser’s headwaters near Mount Robson to the shores of Vancouver 1,400 km away by canoe, raft, shuttle van, and on foot.

During the trip, the participants learn about sustainable living and responsible community and resource development, while immersed in the impressive and ever-changing scenery of the Fraser River. Along the way, each SLLP participant is also designing a sustainability project to implement in their community when they return.

The 2015 participants and project ideas are as follows:

  • Lina Azeez, Maple Ridge
    “My Watershed Moment”: bring the practice of yoga to the outdoors in an effort to promote nature therapy and human well-being, as well as engage participants in watershed governance.
  • Lota Colobong, Surrey
    Work with the City of Surrey on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.
  • Maya Graves-Bacchus, West Vancouver
    A 4-day event called “Place Based Activism and Spiritual Practice” to connect people to land, sea, farm and city, and aims to demonstrate what it means to be an activist in these spaces.
  • Christine Mettler, Kelowna
    A community-based exhibit to showcase the relationship between humans and their use of water in the Okanagan Valley. The project aims to stimulate social interaction, reflection, dialogue and debate about how water is being enjoyed, used, changed and exploited.
  • Andaleeb Morales, Vancouver
    Work with the City of Vancouver to reduce water consumption, plant trees and significantly reduce waste/garbage.
  • Amanda Ned, Lillooet
    Incorporate SLLP experiences into educational tools for elementary school students with aspects such as storytelling, presentations and blogs.
  • Suzanne Senger, Gibsons
    A Fraser-Canyon corridor conservation effort aimed at protecting the vital 100-mile stretch of the Fraser River between Lillooet and Williams Lake.

For updates on the group’s progress down the river, or to learn more about the Sustainable Living Leadership Program, the participants, or their community project ideas, visit www.rivershed.com .

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Interview and photo opportunities are available before the participants depart on July 16th, or at the stops along the river outlined below. For more information and for photos and videos of previous trips, visit the Rivershed Society’s website at www.rivershed.com or contact Richelle Giberson.

  • Sat, July 25  – Morning hike through Ancient Cedar rainforest, Hwy 16 near Crescent Spur
  • Sun, July 26 –Xat’sull Heritage Village Cultural Day Celebration, Soda Creek (north of Williams Lake)
  • Mon, July 27 – Afternoon DFO juvenile fish net demonstration at the mouth of Williams Lake Creek, Williams Lake
  • Sat, Aug. 1 – Bridge River tour / Cayoosh Creek Campground, Lillooet
  • Thurs, Aug. 6 – Morning tour of Glen Valley Organic Farm, Langley
  • Fri, Aug. 7 – Lunch at the Fraser River Discovery Centre, New Westminster
  • Sat, Aug. 8 – Paddle completion and afternoon arrival at Jericho Sailing Club, Vancouver

To arrange an interview, contact:

Richelle Giberson
604 992 4769
richelle@rivershed.com