On November 24th, Waterlution’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) launched a crowdfunding campaign for its Great Water Challenge (GWC) program, which features, Canada’s Great Water Adventure, a storybook written by dedicated volunteers and illustrated by an emerging young artist.

Led by volunteer YAB members who serve as young water leaders from across the country, the GWC engages grades 4–12 to learn about water in their community!  A few of these youth volunteers have collectively written Canada’s Great​ ​Water​ ​Adventure​. The story follows, Brooke, a young Canadian, and Fernando, a foreign exchange student from Brazil, as they travel Canada and learn about our waterways, diverse history, and water’s impact on livelihood and well-being.

Canada’s Great Water Adventure

“It​ ​was​ ​cool​ ​to​ ​work​ ​on​ ​the​ ​book​ ​while​ ​engaging​ ​with​ ​students​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Great​ ​Waters​ ​Challenge. We​ ​chose​ ​water​ ​factoids​ ​that​ ​were​ ​unique​ ​to​ ​each​ ​region​ ​of​ ​the​ ​country. ​ It​ ​was​ ​a​ ​fun​ ​challenge incorporating​ ​many​ ​different​ ​water​ ​uses—​cultural,​ ​recreational,​ ​historical​ ​and​ ​scientific— into the​ ​storybook,” said Dorothy Graham, YAB member and co-author of Canada’s Great Water Adventure. “​Working​ ​on​ ​the​ ​book​ ​gave​ ​me​ ​ideas​ ​for​ ​facilitating​ ​water​ ​discussions​ ​with students​ ​who​ ​are​ ​playing​ ​the​ ​Great​ ​Waters​ ​Challenge​ ​throughout​ ​Canada​.”

Waterlution’s youth advisor volunteers will be coordinating and hosting book readings at local libraries, schools, and community centres. Over the next few months, Youth Advisors will work to create partnerships with local bookstores, gift shops, and larger retailers to increase the reach of the storybook, which helps bring water literacy to young people throughout Canada.

“​Overall,​ ​we​ ​had​ ​a​ ​blast​ ​conceptualizing, mapping,​ ​and​ ​writing​ ​the​ ​book​ ​together;​ ​the​ ​four​ ​of​ ​us​ ​authors​ ​became​ ​close​ ​friends! This​ ​project​ ​has​ ​inspired​ ​me​ ​in​ ​countless​ ​ways,” said Stephanie Woodworth, YAB member and co-author of Canada’s Great Water Adventure. “​I​ ​have​ ​felt​ ​so​ ​inspired​ ​to​ ​explore​ ​more​ ​of​ ​the country​ ​I​ ​call​ ​home一to​ ​visit​ ​all​ ​of​ ​the​ ​provinces​ ​and​ ​territories​ ​and​ ​to​ ​jump/swim/paddle​ ​in​ ​lakes and​ ​rivers​ ​that​ ​I​ ​have​ ​never​ ​been​ ​to​ ​before.”

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Written to inspire children through life-enriching educational content that sparks an interest in water and outdoor adventures, Canada’s Great Water Adventure invites readers to see Canada and its waterways through the eyes of someone new to the country. In the book, Brooke and Fernando visit each province and territory from coast (east)—to coast (north)—to coast (west) across Canada.

This book is specifically written for children aged 6-11 (grades 1-6) to learn about water through a fictional story, featuring real Canadian waterways and facts. This is a story about curiosity, a desire to learn, connections with nature and water, and a deeper respect for all cultures and traditions on this land, from indigenous peoples of Canada to newcomers.

More information about Waterlution’s programming is available on its website. To support the Youth Advisory Board’s crowdfunding campaign, visit indiegogo.

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