Water and Wellness: Community Connections for Water and Health

May 2, 2009 - 12:00am to May 3, 2009 - 8:00pm

Updated — Application Deadline April 17

The Future of Water Workshop Series 2009

Engaging Youth on Water Issues
Water and Wellness: Community Connections

Residential Workshop at Pigeon Lake, Alberta

Hosted and organized by Waterlution: A Water Learning Experience with Alla Guelber and Simon Ham, Waterlution Associates, and special guests:

  • Dr. Colin Soskolne, Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alberta and Author, Sustaining Life on Earth: Environmental and Human Health through Global Governance
  • Lindsay Telfer, Director, Sierra Club Prairie Chapter and Coordinator, Prairie Water Initiative
  • George Poitras, Former Chief, Mikisew Cree First Nation
  • Stephen Craik, Quality Assurance Manager at EPCOR's Rossdale Water Treatment Plant
  • Jennifer Eichelberger and Pat Lang, Alberta Environment, Drinking Water and Wastewater Section

Purpose of the Program

Water and Wellness: Community Connections for Water and Health is a two-day residential workshop designed to engage professionals from a variety of sectors in dialogue surrounding current issues relating to water and health in Alberta and across Canada.

This is the third workshop to be held in 2009 in a national series of Future of Water Workshops to be held by Waterlution – A Water Learning Experience. The workshop will focus on water issues as they relate to the broad field of public, personal and environmental health and will bring together participants from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds, aiming to foster dialogue on the connections between water policy planning, sanitation, and public health.


There are numerous and converging pressures on Alberta’s water as it travels from the headwaters in the Rocky Mountains to be used for human consumption, and in various industries including tourism, agriculture and oil and gas. Edmonton is the hub for Alberta’s public policy development and health research, as well as EPCOR, a unique water and power company wholly owned by the City of Edmonton. This workshop offers participants the opportunity to have access to excellent presenters and dialogue leaders as well as experiential learning through a guided rafting tour and a wastewater treatment plant tour.


Participants will stay two nights at the Rundle’s Mission Lodge, located on the shore of Pigeon Lake, Alberta, approximately one and a half hour’s drive south of Edmonton. Accommodation provided by Waterlution. Visit www.rundlesmission.org.

Field tours will take place around Pigeon Lake and in Edmonton. Participants are responsible to find their own transportation to the Rundle’s Mission Lodge, however carpool contact information will be provided once the participant list is confirmed.

Workshop Agenda

Friday, May 1, 2009 – Check in and Introductory Activities

  • 6:00 p.m. – Check in to Rundle’s Mission Lodge
  • Alla Guelber and Simon Ham will begin the workshop with opening introductions so participants get to know one another
  • ʻGet to Know your Watershedʼ with Maurice Samm, Battle River Watershed Association
  • Guest presentation by Dr. Colin Soskolne, University of Alberta

Saturday, May 2, 2009 – Field Tours

  • Guest presentations by Lindsay Telfer and George Poitras in the morning
  • River Watch tour along the North Saskatchewan River
  • Tour of the EPCOR Goldbar wastewater treatment plant in Edmonton
  • Presentation by Stephen Craik, EPCOR
  • Return to Rundle’s Mission Lodge on Pigeon Lake
  • Evening Barbeque and campfire

Sunday, May 3, 2009 – Workshop Discussions

  • Guest presentation by Jennifer Eichelberger and Pat Lang, Alberta Environment
  • Facilitated group discussions with workshop participants and special guests
  • Departure at 2:00 pm, after lunch

To Apply

There is space for 24 individuals between the ages of 20-35 to participate in the workshop. In an effort to foster broad dialogue, we are looking for applicants who work in areas representing the public, private, academic and NGO sectors. If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please submit a one-page application letter describing your interest in attending the workshop. In your application letter, please highlight your professional/academic background, your interest in and/or experience with water and health-related issues.

Cost of Participation

Participants accepted into the workshop are required to pay a $40 participation fee. Aside from this fee, there are no additional costs to participants during the residential workshop period related to accommodation, meals or field trips.

All participation fee cheques should be made payable to Waterlution – A Water Learning Experience.

Only with receipt of this cheque is your space confirmed. Applicants who cannot afford this fee should make note of this in their applications. Waterlution supports outstanding individuals and cost will not be a barrier to participation.

Deadline for Applications is Friday, April 17, 2009.

The workshop fills up quickly so get your application in as soon as possible. Please submit a one-page letter explaining your personal and/or professional interest in water and health issues. Please e-mail Alla Guelber with questions and your application at [email protected] or call (403) 829-5232.

All workshop participants are expected to attend the full length of the workshop in order to facilitate, discuss and encourage growth throughout the experience.

Please note that this is the fourth year of the Future of Water Workshop Series. For more information on previous workshops and outcome documents, visit www.waterlution.org.

Program Partners & Sponsors

  • Waterlution
  • United Nations International Decade Water for Life 2005-2015
  • Canadian Water Network


Pigeon Lake , AB