Nick Leone

    Watershed Moments Team Award honours legacy of Rob Lawrance, former Environmental Planner with the City of Nanaimo

    Rob Lawrance grew up in the Cowichan Valley where he began his stewardship journey. In his time with the City of Nanaimo, he grew the responsibilities of Environmental Planner to include community collaboration. He played a key role in almost every major waterway stewardship initiative in Nanaimo and connected community stewardship passion with municipal capacity. In 2021, Rob retired from the City and moved to Blaine, Washington. Tragically, he passed away in May 2022 while participating in the cyclocross leg of the Bellingham Ski to Sea relay race.

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    IN MEMORIAM: “While continuing with his numerous other duties, Kim Hyatt graciously agreed to come aboard as a team member to support the Watershed Moment Series because its unifying theme, Reconnecting Hydrology and Stream Ecology, aligned with Kim’s expertise and passion,” stated Nick Leone, a colleague in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, when he reflected on the late Dr. Kim Hyatt’s commitment to integration of applied research, community science and collaboration across government levels, and in partnership with community conservation and stewardship interests (June 2021)

    Kim Hyatt made significant contributions to DFO in significant and lasting ways, including his work on the Wild Salmon Policy, advice relating to salmon restoration and recovery under the Columbia River Treaty and climate change impacts to salmon populations. His passion for discovery and excitement for innovation resulted in a number of long-standing relationships with First Nations and external organizations—relationships that Kim built on trust, commitment, and honest communication.

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