Monday, March 10, 2014

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Water You Gonna Do?

WaterWealth announces event lineup for Canada Water Week March 17-22

Released by Natalie Jones, WaterWealth Project


Water drop people at Five Corners in Chilliwack in May 2013.


aterWealth Project is hosting several local events for Fraser Valley residents to celebrate their home waters during Canada Water Week, happening March 17-22.


Canada Water Week is an annual coast-to-coast-to-coast event to celebrate and educate about the freshwater systems that all Canadians rely on. It happens the third week of every year, to coincide with the United Nations’ World Water Day.


This is the second year that Chilliwack will celebrate the nationwide festivities, as WaterWealth hosted events last year.


“We’re really excited to bring Canada Water Week to our home town again this year. This is a growing movement that the Fraser Valley naturally fits with because we have such water-rich and water-loving communities,” explains Natalie Jones, Community Organizer with the WaterWealth Project.

The week’s local festivities kick off with the “Get To Know Your Home Waters Walk” along the Vedder River near Peach Ponds with local experts on Monday the 17th at 11 AM, and conclude with the “World Water Day Community Celebration” with the UN nominated theme of ‘Water & Energy’ in Central Community Park on Saturday the 22nd at 1 PM. In between there is a film night showcasing the Edward Burtynsky’s award-winning new film Watermark, a Water Champion’s community café and forum, and a pub night at Major Leagues.

“In the Fraser Valley, we just have so much water wealth to celebrate and take care of, so events like this are a great way for the community to get together and have fun while also building the knowledge, relationships, and passion necessary to care for the waters we all need to keep protected for the long term,” comments Sheila Muxlow, WaterWealth’s Director.

This years media sponsor is StarFM. Other support for the events provided through generous contributions from local donors, the Real Estate Foundation of BC, Patagonia and Van City.

WaterWealth’s Canada Water Week events include:

Monday March 17th, 11am - 1 PM
Get To Know Your Home Waters Walk
Meet @ Vedder Rotary Trail parking lot at the south end of Peach Rd. Family friendly, wear good walking shoes, dress for the weather, cancelled in the event of *heavy* rain (call to confirm with Natalie if any doubt, 604-798-8990).

Monday March 17th, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
A Watery Film Night: "Watermark"
Bldg 10 - 7201 Vedder Rd. (Sto:lo Research and Resource Management Center) Family friendly, light refreshments provided, wheelchair accessible venue, newly released and award winning film from Edward Burtynsky.

Wednesday March 19th, 7-9 PM
Water Champions Cafe
Sardis Secondary School (TBC), 45460 Stevenson Rd. Childcare available (please confirm your family's need w/ Natalie, 604-798-8990), light refreshments provided, wheelchair accessible venue.

Friday March 21st, 4-9 PM
Wet Your Whistle Happy Hour(s) + Pub Night
Major League Pub, 45768 Gaetz St. Art raffle, info tables w/ many water-focused community organizations, $1 from all drinks sold between 6-9 pm (excluding specials) goes to support WaterWealth.

Saturday 22nd, 1-2:30 PM
World Water Day Community Celebration - THEME: ‘Water & Energy’
Central Community Park, 45951 Victoria Ave. Family friendly, live entertainment, rain or shine, wear blue, bring signs and show your WATER PRIDE!

A complete event listing and details can be found here or on Facebook at



See the Voice's previous coverage here.


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