MEDIA RELEASE: Kootenay Lake, BC – January 6, 2016
Friends of Kootenay Lake has become a Society! We are pleased to announce that after 3.5 years of service, the Friends of Kootenay Lake has become an official society. Under the diligent facilitation of Claire de la Salle, the hard work of our active Steering Committee and the hundreds of dedicated members and volunteers, the Friends of Kootenay Lake has evolved into the Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society.
Since its inception in 2012 the Society has devoted its efforts to improve the health and stewardship of Kootenay Lake through monitoring, habitat restoration, capacity building and the empowerment of local communities and stakeholders. The Society has delivered many successful projects and events around our many lake communities, that have inspired folks to be true stewards of this vast and integral body of water.
The Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society would like to thank all our, volunteers and members that have supported, shown interest and given their time to volunteer for our important projects and events. We would also like to thank our committed Steering Committee – David Reid, Sangita Sudan, Heather Leschied, Martin Carver, Ryan Van der Marel, Greg Utzig and the Lake Advisory Board for their countless hours of guidance and direction. More over we could not have accomplished our efforts without the contributions of our many partners: EcoSociety, Wildsight, Kootenay Lake Partnership, and our funders Columbia Basin Trust, Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, BC Hydro, City of Nelson, Village of Kaslo, Columbia Power Corporation, Environment Canada Mountain Equipment Coop, Columbia Power, City of Nelson, Live in the Koots Team with Fair Realty, Real Estate Foundation of BC, Fortis BC, and Regional District of Central Kootenay.
Every lakeside community member has a role to play in protecting the lake’s immense value. If you care about Kootenay Lake and want to preserve its natural values for generations to come, you can check out our website and sign up for our eNews, for events and actions taking place over the next few months, or you can contact us with specific questions about our programs.
Thank you from the Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society,
For further information please contact: Kat McGlynn – Program Manager