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Richard Boase

    GEORGIA BASIN INTER-REGIONAL EDUCATION INITIATIVE: “In the IREI program, we focus attention on the 4Cs – communication, cooperation, coordination, collaboration. The 4Cs guide what we do. We live and breathe collaboration. Building trust and respect starts with a conversation,” stated Richard Boase, Founding Director and Vice-President of the Partnership for Water Sustainability


    Launched in 2012, the IREI facilitates peer-based learning among local governments located on the east coast of Vancouver Island and in the Lower Mainland. The IREI builds on the legacy of Erik Karlsen whose leadership inspired the original Georgia Basin Initiative in 1994. “The IREI is nested within the Water Sustainability Action Plan which, in turn, is nested within Living Water Smart. Cascading is the reverse way to think about this nesting concept. Each successive layer in the cascade adds depth and detail to enable the move from awareness to implementation – that is, action.,” stated Richard Boase.

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    WATERSHED MOMENTS, THE VIDEO TRILOGY SERIES: “We hope to seed and stimulate conversations amongst our viewing audience as an outcome of watching the series. The important consideration is that each participant will have reached their own conclusions based on what they got out of the three sessions, and what resonated with them individually,” stated Richard Boase, Partnership Vice-President and series moderator, when he reflected on desired outcomes for Watershed Moments, the Video Trilogy Series (September 2020)


    “Three module teams totaling twelve individuals are on camera in the Video Trilogy Series. Every team member is passionate about what she or he does. This is what we hope and believe will inspire series viewers to apply what they absorb from each of the team conversations. But the video series is not a magic wand. It won’t result in overnight change. Humans are not wired that way. It is therefore best to view the series as an important milestone in a journey. We hope to bring others along with us by seeding their conversations with information,” stated Richard Boase.

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    Parksville 2019 on YouTube > The Whole-System Approach – “We like to engage streamkeeper groups to give them the knowledge to begin asking the tough questions of the people who regulate and look after their communities and their watersheds,” stated Richard Boase, Water Stewardship Symposium Series Moderator, when he shared his local government perspective on the value of citizen science to launch the Day One program at the Symposium (April 2019)


    “In Metro Vancouver, groups such as the North Shore Streamkeepers (NSSK) are making a difference. NSSK collaboration with the District of North Vancouver underpins a water quality monitoring program. The District purchased state-of-the-art equipment and trained 10 volunteers who conduct sampling close to their neighbourhood,” stated Richard Boase. “Monitoring sites are located at strategic locations. Streamkeepers are collecting data and bringing it back to the District to look at and store in our database.”

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    Parksville 2019 on YouTube > Make Better Land Use Decisions – “We really want to keep re-inventing new ways of bringing people together, sharing success, and renewing faith and trust between ourselves to keep moving forward,” stated Richard Boase, Water Stewardship Symposium Series Moderator, when he reflected on what collaboration means to open Day Two of the Symposium (April 2019)


    In this video clip, Richard Boase sets the scene for Day Two of the Symposium which had a “Restorative Land Development” theme. RIchard talks about building trust, and why it is so essential for effective collaboration. “There are lots of things we can do to renew, restore and reinvigorate this faith in working together,” stated Richard Boase. “Day One was about the challenges and the what-to-do with the science that we have. We also heard about what we would like to do, but don’t have the resources to do. In contrast, Day Two is all about sharing the success and really good celebration stories of leaders within this region.”

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    Parksville 2019 on YouTube > Improving Where We Live – “Five exciting Vancouver Island initiatives demonstrate what is possible through a whole-system approach to improving where we live,” stated Richard Boase, Water Stewardship Symposium Series Moderator, when he introduced the Panel / Town-Hall session on Day Two at the Symposium (April 2019)


    Richard Boase brings three ingredients to the role of Moderator: passion, enthusiasm and a sense of humour. The unifying theme for the Day Two Panel was that a vision for restorative land development could be guided by the mantra: Sustainable is attainable. We can make where we live better. While communities cannot restore lost biodiversity, they can halt its decline and consciously direct efforts into bending the trend-line in an upwards direction. ‘Getting it right’ is a process that requires long-term commitment, patience and perseverance by champions.

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    Parksville 2019 on YouTube > Beacons of Hope on Vancouver Island – “We are moving into the exciting part of the program. We are moving into restorative development,” stated Richard Boase, Water Stewardship Symposium Series Moderator, when he shared his perspective on featured Vancouver Island success stories to start the afternoon session on Day Two of the Symposium (April 2019)


    “Some heavy lifting has gone into the wonderful stories that we are sharing at the symposium. Most importantly, there is a return on investment when restoring natural systems,” stated Richard Boase. “There is a lots of work yet to be done. What if community groups started coming forward and saying we like this project because we believe there is a restoration return on investment? The takeaway message is that, from an asset management perspective, these restored assets are going to give us a return.”

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    Parksville 2019 on YouTube > “Storm Cunningham reached out to the Partnership a year ago. He wanted to be part of the symposium and help us with moving forward with restorative development,” stated Richard Boase, Water Stewardship Symposium Series Moderator, when he set the stage for the closing presentation at the Symposium (April 2019)


    In this video clip, Richard Boase introduces Storm Cunningham to conclude Day Two of Parksville 2019. “Everywhere one turns these days, some form of the words ‘renewal’, ‘restoration’ or ‘regeneration’ appear. Storm Cunningham was the catalyst of that global ‘re’ trend when his first book, The Restoration Economy, was published in 2002,” stated Richard Boase. “Storm Cunningham believes that we need to start talking about, thinking about, and researching the ‘whole’ created by the myriad activities that are already restoring our built and natural environments worldwide.”

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