For the Lakeside Leader
The Lesser Slave Watershed Council (LSWC) is one of Alberta’s 11 Watershed Planning and Advisory Council’s (WPACs). WPACs in Alberta are provincial Water for Life partners and are provided resources from the province to work towards Water for Life’s three goals in our respective watersheds. Water for Life goals are: safe, secure drinking water; healthy aquatic ecosystems; and reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy. WPACs provide a voice for the watershed and strive to bring people together to address water and watershed challenges.
The LSWC is a non-profit, charitable organisation working in the area surrounding the Lesser Slave Lake since 2007 to maintain the health and viability of the watershed as a source of drinking water, recreation, and economic opportunity. The majority of our work is divided into four categories: monitoring and reporting on the health of the watershed, education and outreach activities that improve water literacy and inform decision making, collaborative watershed management, and promoting stewardship land and aquatic ecosystems by supporting best management practices.
Our board of directors is a dedicated group of volunteers who give direction and strategic oversight to the organization and bring forward knowledge and experience from their respective sectors. There is a mix of appointed and membership-voted seats. Municipal, First Nations, Metis and provincial governments appoint their representatives, while industry and other stakeholders are elected by the membership at our annual general meeting. We are currently looking to fill several seats on our board at our annual general meeting on June 20th, 2019.
· Oil & gas sector and alternate
· Trapper and alternate
· Forest sector and alternate
· Member at large and alternate
· Commercial fishermen and alternate
Any current LSWC member can put forward a nomination to fill a board seat up for election at the annual general meeting. Board of director nomination forms and general membership forms along with the LSWC’s society by laws and director terms of reference can be found on the main page of the LSWC website at lswc.ca. Our Executive Director would be happy to speak with anyone who is interested in a board position about the expectations and duties of our directors or email any of the documents mentioned above.
If you wish to participate, but aren’t interested in becoming a board member there is also the opportunity to join our organization as a general member. As a general member you are able to present ideas to the board and LSWC staff by attending general meetings, work with us on various community outreach and engagement projects and receive newsletters and project updates from the office.
Our 2019 annual general meeting is being held on June 20, 2019 at the beautiful Boreal Center for Bird Conservation, located about 18km north of Slave Lake, AB. The AGM will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a dinner and time to explore the BCBC grounds afterwards. We invite everyone in our watershed to come out and learn about our work and current projects and meet the directors and staff. Attendees do need to register ahead of time by visiting our website at lswc.ca and using the link to Eventbrite. This will allow us to be better prepared at our venue and for catering.
If you have any questions, or the wish to attend the AGM, feel free to call us at 780-523-9800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.