Creating Linkages

WCW’s Public Awareness Committee (PAC) recommends and develops creative and innovative public outreach materials that will promote the mission and strategic initiatives of the WCW. The PAC will largely concentrate their efforts on increasing the perception of 1) the value of water and related infrastructure for sustainability of communities, and 2) the importance of the professionals who provide safe water and protection of the environment.

The PAC would like to share with you information on groups in Western Canada that are working hard to create synergies and collaboration among communities. We encourage all members to engage and share with these groups, and to continue to make linkages across the Industry.

Alberta: Water North Coalition

The WNC was formed in 2014 to build on work completed through the Closer to Home (C2H) initiative and to create a forum to address the water and wastewater challenges facing northern communities in Alberta.

The group seeks to ensure, through collaboration, that sustainable water systems are available to every northern community.

Voting membership is open to all northern municipalities, First Nations and Métis Settlements. Non-voting membership is open to water and wastewater commissions and professionals, provincial and federal governments, rural water and wastewater co-operatives, owners and operators. Strategic advice and administrative support is provided through the Northern Alberta Development Council.

‘The mission and vision of the Water North Coalition strongly align with the NADCs strategic priorities for the north; strong vibrant communities; a diversified northern economy and a skilled northern workforce. The NADC is pleased to support this collaborative forum advancing solutions to water and wastewater management in our northern region.’ Williard Strebchuk, NADC Vice-Chair

A Strategic Plan (2016-2018) was recently developed, which built on the findings of a Northern Alberta Needs Assessment Survey (2015). The Strategic Plan focuses on four priorities: Advocacy, Public Education, Recruitment and Retention, and Training. Sub-committees have recently been established to advance each of the four priority areas.

‘WNC is a unique example of northern municipalities, working together to advocate for their communities. Our membership is growing and we look forward to establishing partnerships and advancing projects that will most effectively ensure successful outcomes for northern Alberta’s water and wastewater challenges.’ Bob Marshall, WNC Chair and Councillor for County of Grande Prairie No. 1

Lindsay Johnson, WCW PAC Chair
Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence