What's the role of the Freshwater Alliance in British Columbia?
We believe that British Columbia's lakes, rivers, streams and creeks are best protected by supporting the hundreds of organizations and groups that are actively engaging their communities on freshwater issues.
An engaged public builds power – power that can influence decisions that shape and impact our planet. We help the non-profit freshwater community in British Columbia build better strategies for engaging people.
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Who is British Columbia’s Freshwater Community?
We’re more than 230 non-profit groups and organizations working to protect the waters of BC across all of the province's major watersheds. We include groups that focus on restoration, education and children’s programs, First Nations and indigenous organizations and governments, fishing and freshwater recreation clubs, advocacy groups and more! You can find out more about BC's freshwater community and state of the movement here.
Our Projects and Priorities in British Columbia
1) Keeping Water on the Agenda
The development of BC’s Water Sustainability Act (WSA) is a huge opportunity to galvanize public support for freshwater protection in the province. Keeping Water on the Agenda is an initiative about ensuring government develops the Act to its fullest potential. An important way we do this is by helping freshwater groups get and keep their local water stories alive in the media. We also assist groups to increase their impact by delivering coaching programs, trainings, toolkits, and other resources. Check out our Communications Toolkit for Strengthening BC's new Water Sustainability Act here.
If you want to know more, here is a link to our 2015 survey on how BC's freshwater community is engaging the media on the Water Sustainability Act.
2) Strengthening the collective impact of Indigenous and non-Indigenous efforts to protect freshwater
We work with local indigenous and non-indigenous partners to bridge meaningful relationships that are built on the protection of shared waters.
3) Training Better Community Organizers
Building on our 2013 Mentorship Program, in 2016 we've introduced a brand new one-on-one Coaching Program for BC groups that are looking to implement a community organizing-oriented Theory of Change. We also offer a variety of online and regional trainings on topics such as:
- Community engagement organizing
- Grassroots fundraising
- Constituency & power mapping
We also offer personalized coaching services for groups that are looking to take their community organizing to the next level.
Our current work in British Columbia is generously supported by the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Tides Canada Foundation, BC Water Funders Quick Response Fund, and Mountain Equipment Co-op.
"Susi's presentation style makes everyone feel like their contributions are valued. Thank you, this work is very important." ~Mary Jayne Blackmore, Trails for Creston Valley Society
"Your team does such a great job. THANK YOU, for the amazing resources! YAY, Freshwater Alliance." ~Megan Peloso, Lake Windermere Ambassadors
Our BC program is currently being led by our interim British Columbia Organizer, Christine Mettler (based in the Okanagan). Contact Christine today.