Parksville 2019 on YouTube > Improving Where We Live – “We are poised for action in the Cowichan Valley. We went to the public in October 2018 because the time was right for a referendum on water. Our communities have been with us all the way. The referendum passed,” stated Kate Miller, Manager of Environmental Services (April 2019)

Note to Reader:

The Parksville 2019 Symposium has been captured in its entirety in a comprehensive set of  videos that have been uploaded to the Partnership for Water Sustainability’s YouTube Channel for ease of access by those who are curious and/or interested to learn about what transpired on April 2-3-4 in Parksville, British Columbia.

Module B on Day Two was titled “Improving Where We Live”. A 5-person team primed the audience with overview-type presentations about long-term and emerging initiatives in regional districts on the east coast of Vancouver Island. In telling their stories, panelists described how key breakthroughs have been achieved.

KATE MILLER’S TOPIC:  Poised for Action in the Cowichan Region: Embedding Change through the Drinking Water & Watershed Protection Service

In addition to Kate Miller, the panel comprised Marc Rutten (collaboration in the Comox Valley), Tim Ennis (reconciliation through restoration), Tim Pringle (calculating the worth of ecological services), and Peter Law (Shelly Creek restoration vision).

What Do You Wonder?

The story of Parksville 2019 is told in a magazine-style narrative titled “RE-CAP AND REFLECTIONS”.

The “re-cap and reflections” document was written for two audiences – first and foremost, for those who attended Parksville 2019 and wish to have an accessible and quotable reference document at their fingertips, so that they can share the story with others; and secondarily, for those who have heard about Parksville 2019 and are curious to learn more about the ‘story behind the story’, so that they may understand why this event represents a watershed moment for so many who were there.

About Parksville 2019

Close to 200 delegates attended this 3-day event. Parksville 2019 comprised a field day followed by a 2-day symposium. The program objectives for Parksville 2019 helped to inform and establish expectations. It was a matter of providing context and then being clear and succinct about the desired takeaways.

To provide relevance for streamkeepers, the theme for Day One was Sustainable Stream Restoration. To capture the attention of those in local government, the theme for Day Two was Restorative Land Development.

To Learn More:

Download a PDF copy of the Re-Cap and Reflections document at:

Download a PDF copy of the presentation by Kate Miller titled Poised for Action in the Cowichan Valley.