LIVING WATER SMART IN BRITISH COLUMBIA: “An airplane analogy is one way to describe the relationship between council and staff. Think of one wing as political and the other as administration. If either wing is not functioning properly, the plane will crash,” stated Peter Steblin, Coquitlam City Manager

Note to Reader:

Waterbucket eNews celebrates the leadership of individuals and organizations who are guided by the Living Water Smart vision. The “year in review” edition published on November 29, 2022 consolidated ten of the most memorable quotable quotes for 2022 under one cover.

YEAR IN REVIEW: Effective and affordable solutions for resilient community design

The end of the calendar year is a time for reflection. This is the last edition of Waterbucket eNews for 2022. We will be back in mid-January. People learn from stories. For this reason, our editorial emphasis is on sharing the “stories behind the stories” of those who lead by example.

Local government elected representatives account for about 25% of our readership. Election day on October 15th has resulted in an influx of new readers. Thus, this “year in review” edition serves two purposes.

For our other long-term readers, it is a memory refresher. For the newly elected who have been on the job for a month and are on an accelerating learning curve, this “year in review” is an introduction to a selection of thought leaders in the local government setting and beyond. Their quotable quotes provide valuable insights into roles, responsibilities, and getting the job done.

Peter Steblin, a respected City Manager, provides perspective on how elected councils and local government staff can function effectively to arrive at affordable and effective solutions to challenges. He says, “Staff gives good advice and council makes the decision. The operative phrase is a respect-based relationship.”


To read the complete story published on November 29th, 2022, download a PDF copy of Living Water Smart in British Columbia: Effective and affordable solutions for resilient community design .