“The Plan and ensuing activities are designed to ensure alignment with the mission, vision and values of the Partnership,” stated Mike Tanner, Chair, Operational Plan Committee

Note to Reader:

Reproduced below from the 2018 Annual Report is the Report from the Chair (Mike Tanner), Operational Plan Committee. To download a copy of the 2018 Annual Report, click here.

During Mike’s time with BC Hydro’s Power Smart, he managed and provided direction to a team of Managers and professional staff engaged in various key marketing functions and, in delivering complex and multi-technology products and services through various programs and initiatives. Mike was an early adopter of the benefits of both energy and water conservation and, the possibilities of “Watergy”.

In 1997, he was a member of the Ministry of Environment Working Group that developed A Water Conservation Strategy for British Columbia, released in 1998.

Looking Ahead to 2019 and Beyond

This year an Operational Plan (the Plan) was developed and approved by the Board. The Plan identified 12 current goals for the Partnership and, provides detailed information specifically to outline objectives and day-to-day tasks. The Plan also identifies the Chair responsible for each of the goals as well as the person(s) responsible for the required activities and events to achieve these goals.

The Plan and ensuing activities are designed to ensure alignment with the mission, vision and values of the Partnership. The Plan will also help the Partnership use the resources available most effectively to achieve the desired outcomes.

The Plan provides guidance that leads to commitment and working arrangements that extend to cooperation, coordination and coevolution with shared goals. One of the priority goals is to enhance the capabilities of the online Water Balance suite of tools to support the Ecological Accounting Process (EAP) as well as expanding their use.

In October 2018, and as a demonstration application of how to go about advancing this goal, the Partnership and Town of Gibsons co-hosted a roundtable sharing and learning session on “How to Implement Restorative Development / Water Balance Solutions”. In a small group setting, participants explored this question: what would be involved in changing land development practices in the transition from education to regulation?

This establishes a precedent, and therefore a template, for working one-on-one with our local government partners to support them with professional development. Looking ahead, and as time and resources allow, the Partnership will collaborate with other willing partners to replicate the “Gibsons template” for capacity-building and cooperative learning.

From time to time, the Partnership has been approached by volunteers looking for a role to play. The Plan will help the Partnership to successful volunteer engagement by, being clear about our goals and why we are doing what we are doing and, how we are going to set about achieving them. This clarity of goals and objectives will allow volunteers to do what they want to do and ascertain how they will contribute to our mission.