Lake Erie Organizer, Canadian Freshwater Alliance

London, ON | 20 hours/week | 1-year term | Apply by February 4, 2019

The Canadian Freshwater Alliance (CFA) is a project on Tides Canada’s shared platform. CFA aspires for the attainment of healthy waters across all of Canada and works to achieve this by building, connecting, and supporting freshwater constituencies across the country. Since inception in 2012, the Freshwater Alliance has established itself as the go-to initiative on strategies for effective freshwater engagement. Over this short time, CFA have built a network of 5,300 freshwater supporters and followers, representing over 1,000 unique organizations spanning the country. Through direct involvement on critical freshwater issues and service delivery, we support the deepening of engagement for freshwater protection. We never work alone and pride ourselves on the work we do to engage and support Canada’s leading grassroots and community level initiatives.

We have an exciting opportunity to advance our important work to defend the health of Lake Erie waters. Over the past five years working in the region, we have noticed that many residents of London are disconnected to the waterways of the region. The exceptions are those who use the water for recreation or have cottages near or on lakes and rivers. This finding backs our own assumption that we protect that which we love and if we are having experiences that drive our love for and appreciation of our waterways, then we are more likely to engage in efforts to protect and safeguard them. To this end, over the course of the next year we aim to advance connections to Lake Erie’s waterways, and the Thames River specifically, by hosting a series of experiential events – such as a nature hike, a paddle and/or paddle-board, Indigenous perspectives on the river, and citizen monitoring.

The Lake Erie Organizer will be responsible for carrying out events, in addition to supporting our annual Lake Erie challenge event. The Organizer would thus be responsible for developing a plan for the events, partnering with appropriate local organizations, businesses and groups, developing promotional materials, securing additional event sponsors, and supporting the registration and onsite event activities.

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