Dr. Anna Warwick Sears, Executive Director of the Okanagan Basin Water Board, was appointed to the Foundation on April 3, 2014 by BC's Minister of Finance.
Our AGM, board and grants meetings were held in Chilliwack on April 3 & 4. Pictured: Real Estate Foundation staff and governors and the team from the WaterWealth Project, who took us on a tour of the local watershed.
Scott Ullrich was elected Foundation Chair and Gerry Martin was elected Vice-Chair at the annual general meeting in Chilliwack on April 4, 2014.
As Foundation Chair, Eileen Smith spoke at a UBC Indigenous Planning Initiative event in November 2011. (Photo: University of BC)
It is with sadness that we announce the March 18th passing of Eileen Smith, former Real Estate Foundation governor.
Members of the Shawnigan Watershed Roundtable and Shawnigan Basin Society and UBC School of Community and Regional Planning students tour Elkington Forest, a sustainable development model located in the watershed. (Photo: Shawnigan Basin Society)
There is a quiet evolution of local civic action that is putting the Shawnigan Basin on the map. As a complex landscape of private and public interests, it is administered by many government agencies that do not work systematically together.
March 17-23 is Canada Water Week. Freshwater sustainability is making choices that protect freshwater resources now and in the future. At the Real Estate Foundation, we believe that a safe and abundant supply of fresh water is integral to healthy communities.
The Lake Windermere Ambassadors are a diverse group of citizens who direct lake water quality monitoring and conduct water education and stewardship programs for Lake Windermere in BC's Kootenay region. Since 2010, we have been working to find better ways to steward the lake and its watershed by identifying an appropriate form of watershed governance.
The Cowichan River on southern Vancouver Island is a Canadian heritage river. (Photo: Cowichan Watershed Board)
The Real Estate Foundation of BC and Vancouver Foundation have released the results of a public opinion study on attitudes toward freshwater issues in British Columbia. Read the topline findings; see what respondents said about their favourite local water bodies; respond to one of the poll questions via Twitter.
Blog author, Margaret Birch, and friends at a Rivers Day event in Port Coquitlam. (All photos on page courtesy of City of Coquitlam)
Formed in 2011, following a four-year community engagement process, the Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable coordinates and implements activities that promote the health and long-term sustainability of the Coquitlam River watershed. The aim was to develop an organization that would reduce conflict and facilitate decision making in the watershed.
Surrey's East Clayton neighbourhood was designed using "complete community" principles. (Photo: C. Owen, REFBC)
Every year we produce a fact sheet called "Foundation Facts" just in time for the BC real estate board annual general meetings. The 2014 edition is available here.