Operating Principle: Inclusivity

Incorporated as a not-for-profit society in November 2010, the stated purposes of the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia are three-fold:

  1. To promote and advance protection and management of natural and engineered water resources.
  2. To provide educational, research, and technical services and tools for practitioners involved in water resources functions.
  3. To foster integrated protection and management strategies through practitioner expertise.

The funnel graphic (above) illustrates conceptually the opportunity for those who are keen and leading change in BC to gravitate, over time, to a leadership position within the Partnership.

Associate Membership

“Keeping in mind the Board’s desire for inclusivity as an operating principle, our policy is that any individual with an interest in green infrastructure and/or water sustainability can become an Associate Member of the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia. However, there is no voting privilege associated 2Peter-Law_Sep2015_120pwith this category,” states Peter Law, Director and Membership Chair.

“To become an Associate Member, all an individual need do is go to the top-right corner of any page on the website and follow the instructions to receive the weekly Waterbucket News. This will keep them informed of the Partnership’s activities and initiatives.

“In the spirit of sharing and spreading the lessons learned by those who are leading change, members who are registered in the non-voting Associate category have our permission to make use of information resources and guidance documents published by the Partnership. Currently, almost 2000 individuals receive the Partnership’s weekly Waterbucket News. All we ask in return is that the source of these resources be acknowledged by those who use them.

“From the Board’s perspective, granting free Associate membership in the Partnership would promote broader awareness of the Partnership’s vision and mission. We anticipate that this inclusive approach would also foster a sense of belonging on the part of those many British Columbians who benefit from the Partnership’s outreach and training activities.”

Registration Fees for Partnership Events

“An Associate membership does NOT entitle those individuals to discounted registration fees for Partnership events,” continues Peter Law.

“The Partnership does have two categories of annual subscriptions which do entitle subscribers to discounted registration fees for outreach and professional development events organized by the Partnership.”

Paid Subscriptions:

The two categories are:

  1. Professional – $100 per year
  2. Organization (Corporate) – $250 per year

“The Professional category allows flexibility to accommodate the possibility that some individuals may wish to become proactively involved in Partnership activities, yet do so independently of an organizational constraint,” explains Peter Law.

“Similarly, the Organization category allows flexibility for corporate memberships.”

Filling the “Expertise Vacuum”

“In these changing and challenging times when every level of government is expected to do more with the same resources, the Partnership for Water Sustainability is benefitting from the hands-on involvement of a pool of experienced practitioners who volunteer and contribute their knowledge. By drawing on the wisdom of retired career civil servants, the Partnership is also helping to fill the expertise vacuum left by demographic change and loss of organizational capacity,” states Mike Tanner, Director and Waterbucket Chair.

“This approach to doing business differently is creating opportunities for experienced professionals to mentor the next generation of land use and water resource practitioners. There is no reason to re-invent the wheel when knowledge and learning can be shared.”

To Learn More:

The Partnership has prepared a short-form document that addresses these questions:

  1. Why was our Partnership formed?
  2. What is our vision?
  3. What is our mission?
  4. What are the specific challenges that the Partnership is addressing?
  5. Who will benefit?
  6. What methods will the Partnership use to alleviate/solve these challenges/issues?
  7. What is our track record of accomplishments?
  8. What are our qualifications to solve these challenges?

For a set of responses to these questions, click on About the Partnership for Water Sustainability_April 2012 to download a copy of the synopsis document.