FIn Donnelly and other participants launch a Voyageur canoe from Kilby Provincial Park in 2012. The expedition will be repeated again this year

Experience of a lifetime found on the river

Fraser expedition involving MP Donnelly looking for partipants for 2013

Once again, the Rivershed Society of B.C. is looking for environmental leaders between the ages of 19 and 35 who are up for the trip—and the challenge—of a lifetime.

They are now accepting applications for the 2013 Sustainable Living Leadership Program (SLLP): a three-week field course spanning the length of the Fraser River.

From August 1 – 25, participants journey 1,400 kilometers by canoe, raft, van and on foot from the Fraser’s headwaters near Valemount, BC, to where it meets the shores of Vancouver.

The program is now in its tenth year. In the river’s upper reaches, participants hike through a 2,000-year-old ancient cedar grove and paddle through the Robson Valley. In the Fraser canyon, they ride whitewater rapids and observe traditional First Nations fisheries. In the lower stretches, they visit a working organic farm and paddle past log booms and big-box stores while learning about the impacts of urban and industrial development on salmon habitat.

Last year, the Observer visited the group as they camped at Kilby Provincial Park near Agassiz. They were joined then by the program’s founder, Fin Donnelly.

While Donnelly does serve as MP for New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody, he has also swam the length of the Fraser River twice to raise awareness about threats to river ecosystems, and what can be done to protect them.

“There is no better way to learn about sustainability than to travel along the river, seeing first hand how the issues affect Fraser River communities,” says Donnelly. “Both experience and knowledge are powerful factors. The program combines experiential learning with knowledge to motivate, inspire and give these young leaders the tools they need to make change.”

The Rivershed Society covers 90 per cent of the program’s cost. As a result of its investment in the SLLP, the society has been able to build a diverse network of young, motivated leaders across the province. Many SLLP alumni have gone on to launch innovative projects and initiatives in their own communities.

People with an interest in sustainability or community development are encouraged to apply. Participants must be 19 years of age or older and physically fit. Community volunteer experience is an asset. The application deadline is May 31.

For more information or to apply visit www.rivershed.com.

Just Posted

New surcharge for Harrison boaters

Small boat launch surcharge to fund KHSAR

POLL: How should Harrison deal with goose poop?

Monday’s council meeting raised questions about the best way to handle waste around the beach

Sts’ailes First Nation to vote on land code

Land Code would remove nation from 34 sections of Indian Act

KPU campuses go smoke-free starting Jan. 21 – and that includes vaping

‘We didn’t make this decision lightly’ says prez of the Surrey-based institution

Trial begins for man charged with 2010 murder of Mandy Johnson

Langley single mom was fatally shot while in vehicle in Abbotsford

Find Your Fit tour comes to Agassiz

Gives students hands-on experience with career-planning tools

Toronto man charged in double homicide

A 66-year-old man is charged with first-degree murder in disappearance of two Toronto men

Carpet bowlers have been excluded from BC 55+ Games and Canada 55+ Games

Gold medal carpet bowling winners not able to defend their titles in 2018

No crackdown, just education as BC Ferries’ enacts smoking ban

Fines and extra patrols not happening at this time as ban begins Monday

UPDATE: Police launch website for unsolved murder of 13-year old B.C. girl

IHIT say no one has been arrested or charged in connection with Marrisa Shen’s death

Rural B.C. students score visit with Canadiens netminder Carey Price

Two students from the Caiboo Chilcotin can hardly wait to meet hometown hero Carey Price in Montreal.

VIDEO: Elk parade on Vancouver Island is awesome sight

They’re out in force for a morning stroll. Check out some of Youbou’s famous elk.

North Delta’s Colton Hasebe named BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s 2018 Champion Child

Colton takes the reins from 2107 Champion Child and Tsawwassen resident Taylin McGill

LIVE: B.C. announces anti-racism funding

Ravi Kahlon said money will go to B.C. Organizing Against Racism and Hate (OARH) program

Most Read