Regional Champions

Beyond the Guidebook 2015: Capital Region's Jody Watson reflects on "Creating a new ‘Land Ethic’ through Integrated Watershed Management"

“The multi-jurisdictional nature of our watersheds requires the collective commitment of local and senior government agencies, First Nations, and communities to improve the health of our watersheds. Utilizing a ‘Design with Nature’ approach, we are changing the way we develop our land by attempting to re-engineer the hydrological function back into our urban landscape. We are, in some ways, cultivating a new land ethic,” wrote Jody Watson.

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Beyond the Guidebook 2015: City of Courtenay's Nancy Gothard shares her perspective on the role of champions in leading change in the Georgia Basin

“The fact that we are all at the same point on the trajectory in terms of infiltrating these ideas into our organizations suggests that we are indeed on the right path. We each have come to the conclusion that collaboration is critical,” wrote Nancy Gothard. “This relationship building is key to accelerating the sharing and learning further and the Georgia Basin approach to water sustainability.”

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Beyond the Guidebook 2015: Cowichan Region's Kate Miller elaborates on "Our Regional Team Approach – why it is different but perfect for us"

“We truly have a rich basis in which to begin the process of stepping back, learning and reflecting on our next steps,” wrote Kate Miller. “As we look out into the future in a changing environment – our new normal – this richness and the depth of community participation can only help our region’s future resiliency… the end of the day we need to have everybody at the table.”

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Beyond the Guidebook 2015: Capital Region’s Dale Green looks into the future and foreshadows the 'Regional Team Approach – Looking Ahead'

“The CRD is composed of 13 municipalities and 3 electoral areas. Watershed boundaries are not political boundaries or even neighbourhood boundaries. When local government champions come to the table to work with regional staff and each other, great things happen,” wrote Dale Green. “We continue to look forward and enhance cooperative efforts to make us all stronger and better able to protect and enhance our watersheds.”

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Beyond the Guidebook 2015: Nanaimo Region's Julie Pisani describes how their ‘Regional Team Approach is founded on Sustainable Partnerships’

“Among the many partners it takes to tackle these issues, the First Nations in our region are likely the most important. The traditional knowledge and indigenous value of the land and the water is a realm of knowing that our scientific method does not touch,” wrote Julie Pisani. “Conversations about what we care about, stories about the past which help us understand the present, and dialogue about the future and positive vision about what that may look like.”

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Beyond the Guidebook 2015: Coquitlam's Melony Burton reflects on ‘Regional Team Approach – Tackling Big Goals Together'

“We respectfully challenge each other’s ideas to come up with solutions that are far more robust than any one of us could develop in isolation. There are big, audacious visions and goals for reform in watershed health and stormwater management,” wrote Melony Burton. “Collectively, we bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, ideas and organizational resources to the table to tackle big goals together. This is how the hard stuff gets done.”

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