First VICT presentation to local governments was titled "Rainwater Management is at the heart of Green Infrastructure"
“Convening for Action on Vancouver Island” started in Cowichan Valley
In 2006, three provincial Ministries and the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) decided to align their efforts and collaborate to facilitate a consistent, science-based approach to rainwater management on Vancouver Island by forming the Water Balance Model VI Coordinating Team. Later this was shortened to the acronym VICT.
December 2006 Meeting in Duncan
In December 2006, the first action of the founding VICT members was to meet with the Cowichan Valley Regional District and two member municipalities (Duncan and North Cowichan). The purpose in meeting was to initiate the pre-planning for a Water Balance Model Training Workshop that would be held in the Cowichan Valley. The workshop ultimately came to fruition in October 2008.
“Looking back, the December 2006 session in the Cowichan Valley paved the way for the launch of CAVI-Convening for Action on Vancouver Island a few short months later,” recalls Jay Bradley, VICT Chair.
“VICT provided the over-arching CAVI Leadership Team with a starting point for building relationships with local governments. The early support provided by Kate Milller and her Cowichan Valley colleagues definitely helped establish credibility. Their support made it possible to bring together three mid-Island regional districts in a partnership that hosted Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation on Vancouver Island: The 2007 Series.”
To Learn More:
To view the presentation slides that provided the focus for this first meeting, click on Design with Nature: Rainwater Management is at the Heart of Green Infrastructure