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Danielle Paydli- Executive Director, Cowichan Watershed Board

Danielle is passionate about human rights, equity and recognizing the interconnectedness of our place in nature. She thrives on building relationships, developing innovative programming and creating linkages that help build strong, resilient, equitable and caring communities. As such, Danni was drawn to the Cowichan Watershed Board's collaborative governance model as a step toward decolonizing our collective ways of making decisions, broadening our understanding of the values we rely on to make those decisions, and improving how we work together as a community toward a different future. As a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, Danielle has a rich background in advocacy and community development issues that range from access to, and health of, freshwater to supportive programming for youth with disabilities. Her career has also included carving pathways for new immigrants and refugees to Canada, preparing students and faculty for international and intercultural experiences, and working in the field of HIV/AIDS and gender equality in Malawi. When she isn't working you may find her swimming in the Quw'utsun river, diving off the dock at Fuller Lake, helping out at the local theatre, podcasting, or camping with her husband, two kids and goofy dog on any one of the beautiful beaches or forest sites on the island. 

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