“CAVI started on its path in 2005, with a gathering of people who were concerned about water and water sustainability on Vancouver Island, and who recognized the importance of water sustainability in just about everything we do, whether it be do-to-day living or economic development. By 2006 that initial gathering had evolved into Convening for Acting on Vancouver IslandI: Leadership for Water Sustainability,” states John Finnie.
The recognitions was in appreciation of his tireless support for CAVI, his organization and coordination efforts in keeping CAVI moving forward and on-track, his attributes as CAVI’s (un)official scribe and promoter, and for always “connecting the dots” to facilitate communication and new ideas.
“Established by the Provincial Government in 2006, the vision of the Living Rivers Trust Fund is to create a legacy for British Columbia based on healthy watersheds, sustainable ecosystems and thriving communities. Collaboration with CAVI provides a comprehensive vision for water sustainability,” staes Alan Lill.
“The award recognizes those who are leading the way and demonstrating overall commitment to water sustainability in their governance, administration, operations, education, culture and outreach. Leadership in water sustainability must be demonstrated in any or all of four areas that correspond to the four elements of the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia,” stated Daisy Foster.
“The recent adoption of the Regional Growth Strategy now confirms the vision for a sustainable Comox Valley. The work being done through groups like CAVI moves this vision to implementable solutions,” states Jack Minard.
”People eagerly embrace the opportunities for engagement and education. They really want to share their thoughts and experiences. Residents have a stake in restoring watershed health. There is so much experience that we can mine. We who live in the watershed are the experts,” stated Soren Henrich.
The Vancouver Island Economic Alliance is a collaborative partnership spearheading regional economic development for the Vancouver Island region. VIEA provides the means for a multitude of stakeholders to collaborate. “A review of local planning documents shows that as well as community specific goals, each community on Vancouver Island is working towards three common goals: a diversified economic base, improved relationships with neighbouring First Nations, and sustainability,” stated Cori Lynn Germiquet.
Linking Island Leaders Project: Where there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved
“During a 12-month period ending October 2010, VIEA administered a research project that we called Linking Island Leaders. The results of this project contained the collective voices of several hundred island leaders. What they shared with us went way beyond the initial mandate of the project and set the foundation for a huge leap forward in Regional Economic Readiness,” stated Rick Roberts. “Just imagine the strength of committed individuals all working towards a common focus…to create a legacy for all communities on Vancouver Island.”
“Sustainable Service Delivery is the Province’s branding for a comprehensive approach to infrastructure asset management. This approach goes beyond an accountant’s life-cycle analysis. The paradigm-shift starts with land use planning,” explains Kim Stephens. “A key message is that all those involved in land development have a role to play in achieving Sustainable Service Delivery….that views the watershed and the strategy through an environmental lens.”
“The change in approach starts with land use planning and determining what infrastructure and services can be provided sustainably, both fiscally and ecologically. Another key message is that all those involved in land development have a role to play in achieving Sustainable Service Delivery,” states Judy Walker. “The topic for the town-hall part is Sustainable Service Delivery Means Integrate Land Use Planning and Infrastructure Asset Management. Our goal is that attendees will be inspired to apply what they have learned to their own situations.”