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Since 2003, Alberta’s volunteer stewards, and the agencies and organizations that support stewards, have gathered at an annual Stewards in Motion workshop to network, learn and celebrate their successes. This event has been instrumental in not only bringing people and organizations with common goals together, but in motivating stewards to continue working together to conserve Alberta’s landscapes.

Respect the past, refine the future

Building on the framework, history and success of that platform, an enhanced initiative was launched in 2012–2013 with the Alberta Stewardship Network (ASN) hosting five Stewards in Motion events in communities across Alberta. These events allow people to connect in relevant and meaningful ways and help build a greater sense of community among stewards. In 2012 and 2013 the workshops, which supported dialogue between watershed stewardship groups (WSG), Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPAC) and municipal representatives, took place in Drayton Valley, Grande Prairie, Red Deer, Medicine Hat and the Battle River Valley near Wainwright.

Strength in numbers, success in unity

The renewed Stewards in Motion was made possible through the support and contributions of our sponsors including Alberta Ecotrust, the Miistakis Institute and Mike Unrau Consulting, as well as our regional partners: North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance and Brazeau County; Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance, County of Grande Prairie No. 1 and City of Grande Prairie; Red Deer River Watershed Alliance and Red Deer County; South East Alberta Watershed Alliance (SEAWA); and Battle River Watershed Alliance.
Gaining momentum

Going forward, ASN will not only continue, but will grow the Stewards in Motion initiative. Stewards in Motion will continue as a regional event series that will be augmented by several topic-specific webinars. The webinars will provide the technical skills and information people have said they need to continue effectively stewarding Alberta’s landscape and natural resources. In turn, the regional events will continue to provide not only the opportunity for face to face networking and developing personal connections, but also be augmented by bringing stewards together to learn how others have applied the technical skills learned in the webinars.

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The new Stewards in Motion is more than just a series of events. It is a rally call to connect all stewards at a local level, regardless of focus, affiliation or discipline. It is the philosophy that enables the stewardship community to think collectively and then act locally to protect our valuable, common natural assets.

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