VICT is a grassroots coordinating team with representation from various jurisdictions and disciplines across Vancouver Island. Beyond building partnerships and strengthening local sustainability initiatives, VICT’s goal is to build local capacity for change.
VI Coordinating Team (VICT)
“Our Ministries decided to align our efforts and collaborate with DFO because we believe this will enable us to be collectively more effective in achieving desirable rainwater management outcomes,” stated Jay Bradley.
Jay Bradley (120p)
A big part of what Convening for Action does is to create forums for dialogue, and to build collaborative partnerships towards a 50 year vision for Vancouver Island.
Cowichan Valley Regional District is the latest local government to become a Water Balance Model Partner
Gerry Giles – Chair, Cowichan Valley Regional District
“The CVRD Board and Staff see our participation in this inter-governmental partnership as an excellent opportunity to advance the “design with nature” vision, goals and objectives of the Water Balance Model initiative throughout our region.”
Local government action and support are resulting in a continuous increase of the number of LID projects which mimic natural rainwater processes such as infiltration.
VICT Co-Chair Chris Jensen explains why "today's expectations are tomorrow's standards" for rainwater management in British Columbia
Chris Jensen (90p)
The Ministry of Community and Rural Development has an increasing role in ensuring that local governments are advancing and changing the ways they plan and design their communities for the better.
Peter Law chaired steering committee that developed "Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia"
Released in 2002, the Guidebook set in motion a chain of outcomes that has resulted in British Columbia being recognized internationally as a leader in implementing a natural systems approach to rainwater management in the urban context.
Glen Westendorp (120p) – Town of Comox
Membership will help raise public awareness that the Town's approach to rainwater/stormwater management is in alignment with the philosophy that is being implemented in other Vancouver Island communities to prevent development impacts.
Beyond building partnerships and strengthening local sustainability initiatives, the VICT goal is to build capacity for change on Vancouver Island. VICT is the 'local government' part of the CAVI partnership umbrella, and is building relationships across disciplines and jurisdictions.
VICT members hosted "Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation on Vancouver Island: The 2007 Series"
2007 Vancouver Island Showcasing Innovation Series
The 2007 series was the catalyst for Island-wide networking and relationship-building that generated enthusiasm for a regional team approach to living water smart and building greener communities.