Okanagan WaterWise Challenge for Youth

Fri, May. 03, 11:59 pm

The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) and its community and outreach program, Okanagan WaterWise, are pleased to announce the launch of their 3rd annual Okanagan WaterWise Challenge for youth.


The OBWB was formed in 1970 as a collaboration of the three Okanagan regional districts to provide leadership on valley-wide water issues – Canada’s most water-stressed region. Our water, and our valley extends from Armstrong in the north to Osoyoos in the south.  The goal of the Okanagan WaterWise initiative is to help residents of this valley understand the need to protect and conserve water.


This theme for this year’s contest is “LOVE YOUR WATER BODY!”  The contest is open to CLASS and INDIVIDUAL entries. We are inviting Okanagan youth – from Kindergarten to Grade 12 – to submit multi-media entries, telling us how they love their water body. We want them to share a special experience around Okanagan water and the importance of conserving and protecting it. Once again, we have amazing prizes, including pizza parties and passes to some of the Okanagan’s coolest pools. And, a special option this year for winning classes – a 2-hour boat charter on Okanagan Lake for a private class lesson on Okanagan water.  Details at: http://okwaterwise.ca.

We know one of the best ways to encourage protection of this valuable resource for future generations is to educate our children and youth, and provide them with a voice to teach others.  In response, the Water Board/OkWaterWise has been holding an annual contest for youth – always launching it as part of Canada Water Week/UN World Water Day celebrations in March and running the contest until B.C. Drinking Water Week in May – announcing the winners during that week. This year, the contest deadline is May 3, with winners announced May 21.

Please find the poster for this year’s contest attached. It was created for 11X17 poster size.  You are welcome to print copies off and post them.

Please note that this contest was made possible this year with support from RDNO’s Vernon Aquatic Centre, the City of Kelowna and YMCA of Kelowna’s H2O Adventure and Fitness Centre, the City of Penticton Community Centre Pool, Cruise Okanagan, The Executive Boardroom, Casabella Princess Cruises, Berry and Smith Trucking and School District’s 22, 23, 53, 67 and 83. Thanks to the various agencies that have also offered specialized tours and programs at their facilities including Okanagan Science Centre, Summerland Ornamental Gardens, and water treatment facilities in West Kelowna, Okanagan Falls, RDNO and Kelowna.

Corinne Jackson --- Communications Director
Okanagan Basin Water Board
1450 KLO Road, Kelowna, BC  V1W 3Z4
Office:   250.469.6271   Mobile:  250.718.7249
http://obwb.ca  and http://okwaterwise.ca