Call for Youth to Help Protect BC’s Lakes and Rivers – Extended

The Invasive Species Council of BC Seeks Aquatic Youth Ambassador

For immediate release; WILLIAMS LAKE, Updated April 17, 2020. Do you care about your favorite swimming or boating lake? BC’s lakes and rivers are at risk from the threat of invasive species and the Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) is looking for a passionate voice from BC’s youth to help raise awareness. ISCBC’s first Aquatic Youth Ambassador will star in a video to air on television and social media later this year.

“We want youth to get excited and speak out about their favourite bodies of water to help protect them from aquatic invasive species and preserve them for years to come!” comments Gail Wallin, ISCBC’s executive director. “Harmful invaders range from microscopic organisms to escaped aquarium plants. Our youth can easily play a part to help prevent their spread and maintain BC’s beautiful lakes and rivers well into the future.”

How to Apply to be BC’s Clean Drain Dry Youth Ambassador

Youth aged 7-14 years are asked to submit a short video with their answers to these questions:

  • Who are you and where are you from? (please provide you contact details too)
  • What are your favourite lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water in BC?
  • What are your favourite things to do while visiting them?
  • Why are they important?
  • What do you do to make sure they stay clean and healthy?

All submissions must be sent to peter@mastermindstudios.ca before the end of the day on the extended deadline of May 15, 2020 with “ISCBC Video submission” in the subject line.

Key Dates

The submission process will take place from March 3rd to the extended deadline May 15th, when submissions will be reviewed, and an ambassador chosen! The successful ambassador will star in an ISCBC stewardship video that will be aired all across the province and beyond! Filming will take place in Kamloops when it is appropriate pending COVID-19 advisories.

ISCBC wants youth to get excited and speak out about their favourite bodies of water to help protect them from aquatic invasive species and preserve them for years to come! Applicants are thanked in advance for helping to spread the word and find BC’s Clean Drain Dry Youth Ambassador.

The Clean Drain Dry pilot initiative is led by ISCBC with funding by the Department of Fisheries & Oceans, and under contract to the Canadian Council on Invasive Species. Learn more about provincial regulations and programs concerning invasive species, or to commit to the Clean Drain Dry program, by visiting CleanDrainDry.ca

About the Clean Drain Dry program in BC:

The Canadian Council on Invasive Species is pleased to work in partnership with the Invasive Species Council of BC and with funding from Fisheries and Oceans Canada in launching the Clean Drain Dry program in BC, as the foundation for a national program. The project aims to encourage boaters and aquatic recreationists, who play a critical role in protecting local watersheds from invasive species, to Clean, Drain, and Dry all boats and equipment. Over a three-year pilot term, resources, signage and a social and digital media campaign will be designed to shift the behaviour of boaters and aquatic recreationists to encourage the practice of Clean, Drain and Dry.

About the Invasive Species of BC:

ISCBC is dedicated to keeping our landscapes and communities free of invasive species. It provides a coordinated, province-wide approach to reducing the impact of invasive species in BC. The ISCBC unites efforts across the province and collaborates with a variety of partners to develop unique solutions for the wide variety of ecosystems across BC.

About the Canadian Council on Invasive Species

The Canadian Council on Invasive Species works collaboratively across jurisdictional boundaries to support actions and information that can help reduce the threat and impacts of invasive species. Invasive species councils, committees, and coalitions representing provinces and territories across Canada established this federal society to work together to reduce the impact of invasive species across the country.

Key Contacts

For media information or interviews please contact:
Gail Wallin
Executive Director
Invasive Species Council of BC
gwallin@bcinvasives.ca
250-305-9161

For youth/parent submissions please contact:

Peter Cameron-Inglis
Producer
Mastermind Studios
peter@mastermindstudios.ca
250-434-8918


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