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Water Balance Model won a Premier’s Award for Innovation and Excellence (2009)

VANCOUVER – The Lower Mainland’s exceptional B.C. public service employees were the focus of a ceremony in February 2009 hosted by Premier Gordon Campbell, where the recipients of regional Premier’s Innovation and Excellence Awards acknowledging their creativity and dedication were announced. The Water Balance Model for British Columbia was one of the award winners.

“The Premier’s Awards are an annual opportunity to publicly recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of the men and women who have chosen public service as their career,” said Premier Campbell. “The 2009 recipients have continued the legacy of excellence with their achievements, confirming that our BC Public Service is second-to-none.”

The Story of the Water Balance Model

Award finalists told their stories in a series of professionally made videos. Each 2-minute video was built around a visual metaphor. The Water Balance Model video features:

  • Ted van der Gulik, Chair of the Inter-Governmental Partnership that developed the web-based tool; and
  • Kim Stephens, Program Coordinator for the Water Sustainability Action Plan, who created the vision for the Water Balance Model in 2000.

Creating Our Future:

“The Water Balance Model is a means to an end,” states Ted van der Gulik, in explaining what the visual metaphor meant to him and Kim Stephens. “The challenge that we have been posing since 2002 is this: What do we want this province to look like in 50 years and beyond?”

“The Water Balance Model is a tool that will help us create our future,” adds Kim Stephens. “To get to the big picture, it starts with the smallest pieces. The Water Balance Model links the site to the stream to the watershed.”

To view the video, click on this link to the story of the Water Balance Model.


To Learn More:

To read the complete story posted on the Water Bucket, click on Premier Gordon Campbell recognizes the Water Balance Model for its innovation and excellence.