LIVING WATER SMART IN BRITISH COLUMBIA: “Technical knowledge is not enough. You learn that technical competence alone is not going to get you there. That is what I want to pass on to people. If you have a technical problem, it is relationships that matter most,” stated Jody Watson, Past-Chair, when she reflected on the enduring success of the Bowker Creek Initiative in British Columbia’s Capital Region (September 2021)
“Strong relationships help make the BCI agile. We need agility because we do not have the time and resources (to implement the Bowker Creek Blueprint and 100-Year Action Plan). At one level, all of us are too busy. At another level, and given the challenges posed by the issues of the day, we need to move on opportunities very quickly. Over a career, you do learn that it is all about understanding people. Technical knowledge is incidental sometimes,” stated Jody Watson. She is widely recognized as the “the face of the BCI” because of her tireless efforts to bring a degraded creek back to life.