Annual Public Meeting
Ottawa Riverkeeper's Annual Public Meeting is a yearly event where the organization shares what we have achieved in the last year, and our plans for the next year. It is open to the public, and so is a great opportunity for our river community to interact with the organization.
This event is also when we release our Annual Report. You can find all of our annual reports online!
Highlights from our 2018 Annual Public Meeting
Nearly 200 river enthusiasts packed the house at the Canadian Museum of Nature for an evening of sharing and learning at Ottawa Riverkeeper’s Annual Public Meeting.
Our gathering opened with a beautiful welcome from five outstanding young women who came from Kitigan Zibi to honour the territory. They shared with us a prayer of thanks and their Water Song, all the while wearing shirts which read “Kidàndjisemin / We are the change”. We couldn’t agree more!
We proudly launched our 2018 Annual Report in both languages, sharing with the crowd all that we have accomplished together during the past year. Our Riverkeeper Meredith Brown presented important information on some of the key issues faced in our watershed, including nuclear waste storage and sewage overflows.
We could have used another three hours to ask questions of the gracious experts who formed our panel on water issues! Sincere thanks to Ian Douglas, the Water Quality Engineer for the City of Ottawa who has 30 years of experience in design, research, and plant operations, Stéphanie McFadyen, a water quality expert from Health Canada, and Sommer Casgrain-Robertson, the General Manager for the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority. If you missed the panel, you can stream the live footage here.
Of course, it was also a very moving evening for many who applauded Meredith Brown’s 15 years as our Riverkeeper-- as she will be stepping down at the end of the year, this was her last Annual Public Meeting. But as our Chair Geoff Green reminded us, we are losing a Riverkeeper but gaining a new Board member--Meredith won’t be going far! Geoff also took the opportunity to officially launch the search for our new Riverkeeper, #thecoolestjob.
Already feeling nostalgic or sorry you couldn’t be there? Here are some beautiful photos from our friend Martin Lipman.
Thanks to Dentons for sponsoring the evening.