GWI Steering Committee

The GWI steering committee consists of representatives from each partner organization. The committee meets regularly to facilitate program implementation and to share ideas and information about the Gorge Waterway, Portage Inlet and their watersheds. Collectively, the representatives act as a community-based, multi-stakeholder body working to address environmental issues in Portage Inlet, the Gorge Waterway and their watersheds. All GWI meetings are open to the public. The steering committee currently meets on a quarterly basis at the Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club, 355 Gorge Road West.

Anyone can volunteer on any GWI projects or join one of its member groups. Groups with a direct interest in the waterway are encouraged to join the GWI.

Please contact us for more information about meetings and agendas.

GWI Subcommittees

Within GWI, subcommittees facilitate implementation of the corresponding components of the Gorge Waterway Stewardship Strategy and coordinate project development and funding.

GWI Outreach Subcommittee:

This subcommittee meets on an ad hoc basis as needed and develops outreach materials and organizes event and projects such as:

GWI Point Ellice Shoreline Restoration Subcommittee:

Join the GWI remove invasive plants from the Point Ellice shorelineMembers of this subcommittee guided the Point Ellice Woodland Shore restoration project on the shoreline at Point Ellice House, a BC Heritage property on the Gorge Waterway. This project started in 2008 and was completed in 2014.

Role of Members

Community Representatives

  • Information conduit (two-way)
    • Report back to board meetings, committees and general meetings of memberships (email, newsletters, oral, etc.)
    • Bring information and issues forward from groups to GWI Advisory to municipalities and CRD
  • Decision-making
    • Need to go back to groups in some cases
    • Recognizing possible conflicts of interest

Municipal Representatives

  • Information conduit (two-way)
    • Assist in communications between municipalities and GWI
  • Advisory
    • provide advice and expertise on projects and programs
  • Projects
    • participate in various projects that the GWI may undertake (equipment, funding and support)
  • Decision-making
    • Declare conflicts of interest (i.e., advocacy issues)
    • Take items from GWI back to municipality

2017 GWI Meeting Dates

Meetings are held every two months on the third Wednesday of the month, from 7 - 9:30pm.  Meetings are held at the Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club, 305 Gorge Rd West.

January 18
March 15
May 17
July 19
September 20
November 15

GWI meets regularly at the Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club