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Call for environmental river paddlers

The Rivershed Society of B.C., founded by New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody MP Fin Donnelly, is looking for young environmental leaders to paddle the Fraser River.

The annual Sustainable Living Leadership Program is a three-week course that takes participants, 19 to 35 years of age, on a journey from the headwaters of the mighty waterway near Valemount, B.C., to Vancouver starting Aug. 1.

The program is in its 10th year and the curriculum includes hiking through a 2,000-year-old cedar grove, riding whitewater rapids in the Fraser Canyon, observing First Nations fisheries, visit an organic farm and learn about the impacts of urban and industrial development.

"There is no better way to learn about sustainability than to travel along the river, seeing first hand how the issues affect Fraser River community," said Donnelly, who has swum the river twice to raise awareness, in a press release. "Both experience and knowledge are powerful factors. The program combines experiential learning with knowledge to motivate, inspire and give these young leaders the tools they need to make change."

The society covers 90 per cent of the program's costs. Those interested in apply should go to www.rivershed.com. Application deadline is May 31.

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