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A YOUTH WATER COUNCIL

For the North SaskatchewAn River WatersHED

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your water. Your future. Your voice.

Calling all water & climate activists!

 

The North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance (NSWA) is looking for 12 passionate students (ages 15 -18) to join our Youth Water Council program.

Are you interested in making a real change in your local environment? Do you want to work with like-minded peers and leaders in stewardship all while building experience for future career and academic opportunities? Then you will be the perfect fit for our Youth Water Council!

This program is the first of its kind across our watershed and will mobilize and educate youth on local watershed issues while empowering members to explore careers in the environmental sector. The Youth Water Council (YWC) will play an essential role in building a sustainable and resilient future by engaging the next generation of watershed leaders. Our 2024 Youth Water Council will embark on a journey of discovery over 5 months, through virtual learning sessions, weekend camps, and the creation of their own Innovative Project.

See the 2024 Schedule and access the YWC Application Consent Form. Applications officially closed on January 21st, 2024, however, we are still accepting applications at this time. If you are still interested in applying, please submit an application and email kaila.belovich@nswa.ab.ca to notify us of your interest. We will be accepting applicants up until the in-person Workshop on February 10th, 2024.

APPLY TODAY!

Learning and DIscovery

Youth Water Council members will be led through virtual learning sessions by NSWA team members and environmental knowledge experts. We will explore topics on watershed management and stewardship, conservation, restoration, wetland health, water quality and climate change impacts.

The Innovative Project

Next, YWC council members will be guided through the creation of their very own Innovative Project during scheduled virtual sessions and a weekend camp! Council members will have the opportunity to work on an environmental cause that speaks to them, and will learn project management skills along the way! This project will align with the objectives of NSWA’s Integrated Watershed Management Plan, and council members will decide what it looks like. The team will work within a budget of $7,500, provided through the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. 

WHat it will look like

 

Phase 1: Kick-off Workshop + Virtual Learning Sessions

The Youth Water Council program will kick-off with an introductory virtual session on February 1st, and a knowledge-building workshop on the 10th! The workshop will feature various team-building activities and learning opportunities (Location TBD). Following the camp, students will embark on bi-weekly virtual learning sessions. Environmental experts will lead students through a variety of topics, including:

  • Watershed Management & the Conservation Community
  • Building Wetland & Riparian Health in Our Watershed
  • Water Quality, Quantity & Climate Change Impacts & Adaptation in our Watershed

Phase 2: Weekend Camp + Project Implementation

Phase 2 will follow Spring Break and start off with an in-person weekend camp! Students will put their heads together and come up with a project idea that speaks to them. The camp will feature fun outdoor and indoor team building activities and all food and accommodations will be included! Afterwards, the YWC members will get back to virtual sessions and build their project. There may be more in-person elements, depending on what the student’s project looks like.

YOUTH WATER COUNCIL 2024 SCHEDULE

 

ELigibility

Prospective applicants need only demonstrate their passion for community, environment and team-learning to apply. We aim to form a team of diverse and impassioned students, ready to spark change in our watershed.

Applicants must:

  • Live or attend school in the North Saskatchewan River watershed
  • Be able to attend all in-person and virtual sessions (see above schedule)
  • Submit an application and showcase why you’re interested in participating

Please note that this Youth Council may require members to complete additional work outside of meeting sessions. Members also require access to a computer to attend virtual sessions.

Thank you to our generous supporters for supporting this program. 

Richard Easton Estate, Enbridge Fueling Futures, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, and Sherritt International.

 

In memory of Richard Easton.

Richard (Dick) Easton (1949-2022) was raised and educated in Calgary, where he attained a degree in Social Work at the University of Calgary. He met his future wife Susan at the U of C, and following graduation they launched their respective careers in Social Work and raised a family in Fort Saskatchewan. 

Throughout his life Dick was a passionate advocate for social and environmental justice. Living in a community recognized as one of the nations leading industrial centres for petro-chemical manufacturing, Dick kept a watchful eye out for impacts from industrial emissions. He was not reluctant to speak out on his environmental concerns and observations, often as a lone voice within the community. 

Dick had a lasting passion in conservation, natural history and nature photography and was a regular navigator of Alberta Rivers in his Aluminum canoe, which he titled the “Orange Bear”.   His favoured and most frequent outings were on the North Saskatchewan River, setting in at Devon and spending a glorious long day paddling through to Fort Saskatchewan, often solo but at time with friends.  Dick took a special interest in understanding the geology, geography and natural features of the NSR watershed and through his photography would make public presentations on some of his many canoe outings.  

Dick passed away in August 2022, making generous provisions in his Will for a variety of charitable causes.  His family has elected to support development of the Youth Water Council through the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance as a tribute to his memory.