Fire Impacts and Stewardship in the Watershed, February 13th

The Oldman Watershed Council (OWC) will be hosting the annual "Holding the Reins" Landowners' Summit in Fort Macleod on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013.  An overview from the OWC website is provided below, together with a link for more information.

"The OWC Rural Team is excited to announce and invite you to the 7th Annual Holding the Reins Landowners Summit themed, Fire Impacts and Stewardship in the Watershed, to be held at the Fort Macleod & District Community Hall on February 13th, 2013.

The annual Holding the Reins Landowners Summit, sponsored in part by Alberta Beef Producers, provides basin residents an opportunity to hear about rural issues and initiatives in the Oldman watershed. Presentations are given on a wide range of rural topics and landowner stewardship groups share their expertise, experiences and stories of their efforts to protect their local watershed.

This year, the Rural Team is honored to have Glen and Kelly Hall, Stavely-area ranchers and Alberta Beef Producers' 2008 Environmental Stewardship Award recipients, as the Keynote Speakers. Glen and Kelly have contributed much of their time and effort to being the best stewards of the land that they can for the benefit of the watershed and we couldn't be more happy to have them join us for the summit.

Presentations will include the Milk River and Granum fire impacts and opportunities as well as the Lost Creek wildfire impacts in the Oldman headwaters and beyond.

The summit promises to be  inspiring and engaging with Digital Stories, presented by Norine Ambrose of Cows and Fish, and stewardship and landowner group updates."

Click here for more information and to register.


Nature Conservancy Eat & Greet, January 17

The Nature Conservancy of Canada will be holding their 8th annual Eat and Greet at Twin Butte Community Hall on Thursday, January 17, 2013.

Schedule of Events:

5 pm - Socialize and Registration

5:30 pm - Complimentaty Dinner catered by Twin Butte Country Restaurant

6-8 pm - Guest Speakers and discussion on Wildlife Research in the Eastern slope; presentations by Dale Paton and Jason Blackburn.

For more information contact Chelsea at 403-627-2848 or


Integrating Water Innovation Forum, Camrose, August 9-10

From the event website:

"This Forum strives to bring together researchers, policy actors and representatives from specific watersheds to bring greater clarity and collaborative capacity to collectively recognizing:

(1) the multiple dynamics and functions that complicate watershed-level analyses, programming and public policy;

(2) the need to acknowledge and work within watersheds in a fashion that acknowledge integrative watershed management and planning;

(3) the need to better and more clearly address a core issue of both horizontal (across policy domains) and vertical (across levels of authority or governance) integration that is often acknowledged rheotorically, but is rarely and explicitly included in policy-making and programming in Canada."

For more information and to register, click here to visit the event website.

The event will run from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on August 9 and 10 in Camrose, Alberta.  Registration is $47.62 per person, maximum 50 people.


Water Sustainability in Canada's West: Lethbridge, July 30

From the event website:

"Climate variability, water scarcity, flooding, and the various demands of population and economic growth are influencing developers, infrastructure managers, city officials and provincial planners.  Governments, industries, and community development professionals are responding to the emerging need to plan for and manage risks associated with extreme weather events, flooding, droughts and other climate related stressors on our community infrastructure systems.

This full-day workshop will provide an introduction to the drivers and trends toward low impact and green development and the "state of" municipal and provincial water and water management policy and legislation (rainwater & storm water capture, reuse, water infrastructure management), as they influence the planning and construction of provincial, municipal, and residential infrastructure-related projects."

The workshop content will include:

- climate change, variability, and adaptation

- legislation, policies, guidelines, and best practices

- LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)

- low-impact development tools & technologies

- sustainability of watersheds and water balance model

For more information and to register, click here to visit the event website.

The event runs from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm in Lethbridge on July 30.  The registration cost is $400, but may be subsidized for non-profit organizations and community citizens.  The event is hosted by the Oldman Watershed Council and delivered by Sustainability Resources Ltd., a consulting firm.  SASCI is not associated with the event in any way.




SAVE THE DATE! Volunteer Program Development Workshop, September 13

Following the success of our first Volunteer Program capacity-building workshop for community service organizations (read about it here!), delivered last fall in Pincher Creek, we are planning to deliver the workshop again in the Crowsnest Pass!  

This free workshop aims to help community service organizations design and deliver a compelling volunteer program.  The workshop will explore the motivations and expectations behind volunteering, potential barriers to volunteering, and possible solutions.  The workshop also will examine the essential qualities of the volunteer experience that ensure both the volunteer and the service organization achieve meaningful outcomes.  

To deliver this program, SASCI has partnered with highly regarded Canadian consultants, Chris Jarvis and Angela Parker of Realized Worth, who specialize in providing training and hands-on involvement in the design and implementation of outstanding and sustainable volunteer programs in both the private and public sectors.  

We will run the program on Thursday September 13.  Typically, the program runs from about 9 am to 3 pm. Lunch will be provided.

We'll confirm the timing and venue closer to the day.  Meanwhile, if your community service organization or non-profit wants to do a better job of attracting committed, enthusiastic volunteers, plan to attend this workshop!  To help us in our planning, please let us know if you are interested in attending.  We hope to have as many different groups participating as possible, but there's lots of room!

For more information, to reserve a space at the workshop, or to be an event sponsor, please contact Celesa Horvath, Board Chair of SASCI, at (403) 627-9427 or (our SASCI email address is currently experiencing technical difficulties!).  

This capacity-building workshop is made possible through grant funding by Devon Canada's Investing in People program.

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