The Freshwater Alliance is happy to welcome Megan Peloso to the team. Megan has long been a partner with the Alliance, and now she's officially 'one of us!' Now over to Megan to introduce herself.
Hello! I am delighted to be in the position to introduce myself as B.C. Communications Lead with the Freshwater Alliance. My name is Megan Peloso, and I am based out of Smithers, where I am grateful to live, work and play within the unceded traditional territories of the Wet’suwet’en First Nations.
Though I have called B.C. home for 7 years, I grew up in Ottawa, on the unceded traditional territories of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg First Nations People. Big River watersheds – Ottawa, Columbia, Bulkley and Skeena – have snaked and pulsed through my story and are something like family members, or places where my best memories are stored.
With experience managing a community-based water stewardship organization for nearly 3 years, I have come to understand that safeguarding water is truly everyone’s concern, and this is both our challenge and our advantage. As water touches us all, defending freshwater should be as natural to us as defending our own health and well-being.
Not to mention it’s an exciting and pivotal time for water champions in this region. The new Water Sustainability Act is unfolding alongside opportunities for meaningful co-governance with First Nations, defining and protecting water flows for nature, water pricing reviews and a greater understanding of the dynamic water that exists, through coordinated and robust monitoring efforts. If you are eager to roll up your sleeves and help build a brighter freshwater future, you’re in excellent company.
I look forward to working with you, and I welcome your insights on the Our Water BC Project. You can reach me at [email protected].