“CAVI started on its path in 2005, with a gathering of people who were concerned about water and water sustainability on Vancouver Island, and who recognized the importance of water sustainability in just about everything we do, whether it be do-to-day living or economic development. By 2006 that initial gathering had evolved into Convening for Acting on Vancouver IslandI: Leadership for Water Sustainability,” states John Finnie.
The recognitions was in appreciation of his tireless support for CAVI, his organization and coordination efforts in keeping CAVI moving forward and on-track, his attributes as CAVI’s (un)official scribe and promoter, and for always “connecting the dots” to facilitate communication and new ideas.
“Established by the Provincial Government in 2006, the vision of the Living Rivers Trust Fund is to create a legacy for British Columbia based on healthy watersheds, sustainable ecosystems and thriving communities. Collaboration with CAVI provides a comprehensive vision for water sustainability,” staes Alan Lill.
“The award recognizes those who are leading the way and demonstrating overall commitment to water sustainability in their governance, administration, operations, education, culture and outreach. Leadership in water sustainability must be demonstrated in any or all of four areas that correspond to the four elements of the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia,” stated Daisy Foster.
“The recent adoption of the Regional Growth Strategy now confirms the vision for a sustainable Comox Valley. The work being done through groups like CAVI moves this vision to implementable solutions,” states Jack Minard.
”People eagerly embrace the opportunities for engagement and education. They really want to share their thoughts and experiences. Residents have a stake in restoring watershed health. There is so much experience that we can mine. We who live in the watershed are the experts,” stated Soren Henrich.
“A review of local planning documents shows that as well as community specific goals, each community on Vancouver Island is working towards three common goals: a diversified economic base, improved relationships with neighbouring First Nations, and sustainability,” stated Cori Lynn Germiquet.
Linking Island Leaders Project: Where there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved
“Together we can achieve much in all things…just imagine the strength of committed individuals all working towards a common focus…to create a legacy for all communities on Vancouver Island. Any regional strategy will only become a reality through collaboration,” stated Rick Roberts.
“Sustainable Service Delivery is the Province’s branding for a comprehensive approach to infrastructure asset management. This approach goes beyond an accountant’s life-cycle analysis. The paradigm-shift starts with land use planning,” explains Kim Stephens.
“The change in approach starts with land use planning and determining what infrastructure and services can be provided sustainably, both fiscally and ecologically. Another key message is that all those involved in land development have a role to play in achieving Sustainable Service Delivery,” states Judy Walker.