“It is no accident that we gather around water coolers and watering holes,” observes Angus McAllister, pollster and researcher

“Through my polling research, I have learned that people are hardwired to water, at both the functional and emotional levels. Water brings people together. It is a natural starting point for any conversation about common interests, and by extension, our shared future. At the workshop on December 9th, I will use two online tools – SayZu and StoryMaps – to engage the audience in sharing their favourite water moments. Stories unite us. Water does it. The StoryMaps platform helps people visualize the landscape,” Angus McAllister foreshadows.

Leading by Example in BC: Water Smart Initiative in the Columbia Basin region

“We think this this model will allow water operators to both deliver and receive certified training within their local areas, in small groups, and using hands-on, practical exercises as opposed to traditional classroom based learning. Delivering peer-to-peer training is a win-win for me and for the City because my expertise is really growing," states Jesse Reel.

Celebrating a Decade of Success: “We try to inspire communities to have a vision of their future, what they will look like on the ground in fifty years,” says Tim Pringle, Partnership Past-President

“The Partnership continues to influence practitioners with thought provoking truths: use and conservation of land are equal values; healthy human settlement systems and ecological systems are inter-dependent; and, settlement in balance with ecology can lead to enduring prosperity. The Partnership makes available tools and support services that enable practitioners to focus on water sustainability as an essential form maker of our communities. We all live in a watershed," states Tim Pringle.

Green, Heal and Restore the Earth: Ian McHarg’s “Design with Nature” vision has influenced implementation of British Columbia’s Water Sustainability Action Plan

"So, I commend Design with Nature to your sympathetic consideration. The title contains a gradient of meaning. It can be interpreted as simply descriptive of a planning method, deferential to places and peoples, it can invoke the Grand Design, it can emphasize the conjunction with and, finally it can be read as an imperative. DESIGN WITH NATURE!," wrote Ian McHarg in 1991.