The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance was pleased to welcome 53 people, including the Honourable Adriana LaGrange – Minister of Education and MLA for Red Deer North – to our virtual Annual General Meeting on Friday, July 10th to learn more about the topic of “What Lies Beneath: Exploring groundwater and natural assets in the Red Deer River watershed.”
Keynote speaker Roy Brooke, Executive Director of the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI) started the event by highlighting the benefits that municipal natural assets (e.g., wetlands, forests, and creeks) can contribute to the provision of municipal core services. He presented examples of municipalities from across Canada who are identifying, valuing, and accounting for natural assets in their financial planning and asset management programs, as a way to increase the quality and resilience of infrastructure and lower service delivery costs.
Next, Kevin Gardiner, Central Regional Manager from the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA), spoke about stewardship and conservation efforts to protect the ecologically unique watercourses and world-class trout fisheries of the North Raven River and Clear Creek over the past fifteen years. He also highlighted some of the current land use and water management challenges in the region, and made a case for additional measures to protect the headwaters of the North Raven River
AGM business started with a presentation by RDRWA staff Josée Méthot and Rosemarie Ferjuc about the RDRWA’s activities in 2019/2020 and key upcoming projects. Be sure to check out the 2019/2020 Annual Report to learn more.
The meeting concluded with the RDRWA Annual General Meeting and Board of Directors elections. Thank you to all of our members who ensured we had quorum and voted in our AGM Board Elections. The RDRWA would like to extend a warm welcome to our newly elected Directors for 2020-2021:
Ashley Patterson – First Nations/ Aboriginal
Tjarda Barratt – Alberta Wilderness Association
Lee Fryberger – Special Areas Board
Alia Snively – Nature Conservancy of Canada
Dianne Wyntjes -City of Red Deer
And welcome back to Directors elected to serve another term:
Kent Dyck – NOVA Chemicals
Robert (Bob) Mills -Provincial / Federal / Academic
Mike Iwanyshyn- Natural Resources Conservation Board
Adam Minke – Individual
All together, the RDRWA’s Board of Directors now includes 17 members from across sectors. We look forward to the knowledge and expertise these individuals will bring to the RDRWA.
The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance is proud of the work we have done in 2019-2020 to build awareness and engage with local communities around water and land issues in central Alberta. Thank-you to our members, funders, and volunteers for your participation and support along the way. For those of you that were unable to attend our AGM, we will be posting presentations from the AGM on the RDRWA website very soon.
Stay tuned for details of our 15 Year RDRWA Anniversary celebrations, taking place this fall!