Comox Valley Nature would like to introduce Charly Caproff. Unique is one way to describe her. Captivated by the mysterious subterranean realm beneath our feet, Charly became an advocate for karst, a scarcely heard of but ecologically important ecosystem in coastal and northern BC. Her campaign to protect karst led to a contract with Sierra Club BC as a Karst Consultant and Event Planner.

Once the ‘face’ of Simon Fraser University’s newest credential, the Bachelor of Environment, Charly is now the Water Literacy Coordinator for Fraser Riverkeeper (FRK), an organization founded by the late Doug Chapman, veteran environmental lawyer for the Sierra Legal Defense Fund (now known as Ecojustice). FRK is a registered Canadian charity that uses law, research, citizen engagement and digital media to protect a swimmable, drinkable, fishable future Charly’s resolve to protect water developed in the passageways she once explored, carved by the raw power of water over millennia.

Watching surface water seemingly disappear into the face of a mountainside made her realize that all natural systems are inherently connected and should be managed using an ecosystem-based approach. Her goal is to create water literate hubs throughout BC of people who share a sense of pride and obligation to protect their waterbodies.

For Charly’s presentation, she poses 3 questions: Where does water go when I flush the toilet? Where does my drinking water come from? Is my favourite beach safe for swimming? These questions and more will be addressed during her interactive presentations crafted to the specific interests and concerns of community members. Charly provides communities with the localized knowledge and digital tools in order to help answer our important water questions, while creating the next generation of water leaders.

This lecture, entitled: “Explore Your Watershed with Fraser Riverkeeper” will take place at the Florence Filberg Seniors Centre at 7 pm (sharp) March 19, 2017.

 

Comox Valley Nature is a non-profit society affiliated to BC Nature consisting only of unpaid volunteers. CVN fulfills its educational mandate by hosting monthly lectures, organizing free weeklyguided hikes for members, and a free monthly walk open to the public. The society also undertakes a variety of environmental projects. Aside from its main activity as a non-profit, CVN also supports specialized groups (Birding, Botany, etc.) all of which have separate monthly activities. Membership in BC Nature and Comox Valley Nature is $30 per adult and $40 for a family. Founded in 1966, it is one of the oldest environmental societies on the North Island. Meetings and lectures of CVN are held on the third Sunday of most months at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay. Meetings and guided walks are open to the public, including children and youth. Lecture is free, though a $4 contribution from non-members is appreciated. New memberships are always welcomed. Information can be found at http://comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca/.