“Changes to the BC Societies Act have meant changes to our Constitution and By-laws to bring us into alignment with the new Act and to carry out some house-cleaning to be more effective and efficient in our general operations. Part of these changes have meant a clarification around ‘membership’ and to review the need for additional directors. The board currently comprises seven (7) directors. These changes were discussed at a directors’ meeting in October and were passed by special resolution,” stated Derek Richmond.
2017 Report from the Executive Director: “New Societies Act provides the Partnership with clarity regarding our identity as a government-funded entity,” stated Kim Stephens
“Now that the Societies Act has provided the Partnership with clarity regarding our identify, it allows the Board of Directors to focus on the Partnership mission – which is to serve as the hub for a ‘convening for action’ network in the local government setting, and to deliver the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia through partnerships and collaboration,” wrote Kim Stephens. “The Partnership is funded exclusively by government and provides services to government.”
“Because groundwater licencing is a requirement under the Water Sustainability Act, the Province looked to the Partnership to develop an agriculture water licencing tool,” wrote Ted van der Gulik. “The tool went live on February 29th and is now being used by those applying for a water licence as well as the water licence adjudicators. Additions that have been added to the tool include groundwater and watershed boundaries.”
“The journey to a water-resilient future would be guided by Cathedral Thinking,” states Kim Stephens. “The concept dates back to medieval times. It aptly describes the inter-generational commitment that would be required to achieve a ‘design with nature’ vision – one that integrates water balance solutions into land use decisions, and restores ecosystem values.”
2015 AGM – “Feast AND Famine Workshop” attracts a large crowd to celebrate the 5th anniversary of incorporation of the Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC
Bob Sandford, water champion and author, was the keynote speaker for the workshop that was built around the AGM. “After a period of relative hydro-climatic stability, changes in the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere have resulted in the acceleration of the global hydrologic cycle with huge implications for every region of the world and every sector of the global economy,” stated Bob Sandford.
The Vancouver Sun’s Larry Pynn covered the 2015 Annual General Meeting. In his front-page report, Pynn wrote that “British Columbians are fooling themselves if they think feel-good market gardens are the solution to making the province less reliant on outside food services.”
“We are particularly proud of what we are facilitating via the Georgia Basin Inter-Regional Education Initiative. Launched in 2012, the IREI is a partnership of five regional districts representing 75% of BC’s population. The IREI is enabling ‘sharing & learning’ through inter-regional collaboration. Everyone benefits. Why reinvent the wheel when you can adapt what others are successfully doing?,” stated Kim Stephens.
2015 AGM – Report from Chair of CAVI-Convening for Action on Vancouver Island provides a perspective on initiative evolution
“CAVI is one of the Partnership’s key programs involving practitioners, and is evolving. This has been a year of distinctive advancement in the general premise of ‘we get it, now let’s implement it’ approach as it relates to asset management and ecological balance. While the principles are well understood, the hard link of proof of concept has been, until now, elusive,” wrote Derek Richmond, CAVI Chair.
“The Province passed the new Water Sustainability Act in 2014 and is currently working on implementation. Groundwater is one of the first initiatives being tackled by the province. It is estimated that 20,000 existing wells will be required to be licensed. The Partnership is building an online agriculture water licensing tool for the province. The licensing tool will use results from the Agriculture Water Demand Model,” reported Ted van der Gulik.
“The Partnership has both voting and non-voting categories of membership. Non-voting members are Associate Members. Anyone with an interest in water sustainability or green infrastructure can join as a non-voting member just by going to waterbucket.ca and registering online. Since September 2012, over 380 individuals have signed up, with 100 people joining in the past year alone,” reported Peter Law.