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World Water Day is here! How will you celebrate?

Hi, I’m Wendy. Today is World Water Day and I’d like to introduce myself and talk about something that matters deeply to me and you—water.

My son and I exploring the rocks and water along the shore of eastern Georgian Bay.

My son and I exploring the rocks and water along the shore of eastern Georgian Bay.

I grew up in the outskirts of Toronto and was lucky to spend most of my summer weekends on a small island in cottage country with my extended family, surrounded by water. This connection with water from a very young age had a huge influence on my identity and connection to both people and place. It continues to be a constant thread in all aspects of my life.

My work at Tides Canada has been an extension of that connection and passion. We’ve made freshwater a priority for Tides Canada, recognizing a healthy environment that promotes social and economic prosperity requires healthy watersheds.

77% of Canadians believe water degradation will become a serious problem in the next 10 years if we don’t improve its management. The opportunity to shape the future of our country’s freshwater strategy is now.

Tides Canada is working with leaders and organizations solving complex freshwater issues facing our country. And your help is essential to this work. Together, we’re tackling freshwater challenges head on by:

  • Preventing duplication of efforts among water organizations;
  • Educating people on water stewardship by building a water movement; and,
  • Ensuring conservation of freshwater for the people, animals, and plants that depend on its health.

Our goal is for all waters in Canada to be in good health by 2025. On this World Water Day, join us and support this goal by making a donation.

Water touches every aspect of our lives and sustains our economies, cultures, and communities from coast to coast to coast.

I hope you’ll take this opportunity to not only remember and celebrate the role of water in your life, but to make a commitment to preserve this vital resource.

Thank you for taking care of Canada’s precious waters,

Wendy Cooper
Water Program Lead, Tides Canada

P.S. Now is the time to protect our water. Your gift of $50, $100, or more today will help the vision of healthy water for future generations come true.

Why freshwater matters: Our Living Waters and MEC

Our Living Waters (OLW) is a national water network that recognizes that achieving freshwater conservation requires the organization and alignment of diverse groups addressing freshwater issues. Outdoor retailer MEC is one organization deeply involved with OLW. We interviewed Meriko Kubota, MEC’s Director, Strategic Partnerships and Community Investment, to find out why freshwater is important in Canada and to MEC and its members.

Start your next meaningful relationship with our spectacular, natural backyard

What does conservation mean to you? Give Green Canada, a project on Tides Canada’s shared platform, and the Stewardship Centre for BC (SCBC) have come together with “Celebrating Stewardship Legacies”, a campaign to celebrate individuals who are working hard every day to help protect our land and water as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation.

Learning trip to Opaskwayak Cree Nation and Sherridon, Manitoba

Two weeks into my new role as Program Associate with Tides Canada working on the Northern Manitoba Food, Culture, and Community Collaborative (NMFCCC), I had the opportunity to go on the 2016 NMFCCC Learning Trip. The Collaborative’s fourth learning trip took us to Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN) and Sherridon for one week. The trip provides the Collaborative’s funders with an opportunity to get to know the community partners, learn about life in northern communities, and understand some of the challenges the people on the ground face.