Working with the K’ómoks Nation towards Q’waq’wala7owkw on their unceded territory.

Working with the K’ómoks Nation towards Q’waq’wala7owkw on their unceded territory.

Thank you Don and Dan for your Exceptional Dedication

Project Watershed would like to express our deepest gratitude for Dan and Don’s outstanding service as members of our Board of Directors. Their unwavering dedication and remarkable commitment have not only propelled our organization forward but have also made a profound impact on our community.

It is with great admiration that we acknowledge their exceptional contribution, particularly noting that both of them have generously donated their time for an extended period. Their contributions have allowed us to benefit from their extensive expertise, invaluable insights, and unwavering passion for our mission.

Dan Bowen and Newton ~ L. Stewart

Dan Bowen


Dan Bowen has served as director of Project Watershed for 12 years. He formally joined the board in 2011 and quickly became an integral part of our operations, taking on the role of Technical Director of all our restoration and research projects. While he has stepped down from the board in June 2023, we still see him as an important member and volunteer of Project Watershed.

Dan’s enthusiasm and passion for ecosystem enhancement has been a driving force behind many of the projects and initiatives undertaken in the last 12 years. Whether it was blue carbon work, coastal restoration, Simms Millenium Park side channel enhancement, the Airpark Lagoon breach project or the Kus-kus-sum project, Dan has been there helping write grants, make decisions, and direct work. Dan does not shy away from hard work and has rolled up his sleeves many a time to get a job done “on time and under budget” if possible!

With deep roots in our community and naturally convivial he has brought many different people into the fold of our work. Dan Bowen has made lasting positive impacts on the Comox Valley and Project Watershed has thrived through his efforts.

Don Castleden ~ L. Stewart

Don Castleden


As a Director, Don Castleden has given over 22 years of time, energy and enthusiasm to Project Watershed and environmental issues in the Comox Valley. In June 2023, he stepped down from the role of director. Don has helped guide and shape Project Watershed into the thriving organization it is today. We are grateful for dedication to Project Watershed, his commitment to conservation and his compassion towards human and non-human life.

While he has been an integral part of much of our work since the year 2000, some highlights from his time include proposing the Heart of the Watershed Symposium, spearheading the creation and management of the Estuary Working Group, directing Project Watershed’s eco-assets involvement, being Chair of the Board and working with other board members to negotiate the purchase of the Kus-kus-sum site. Don has always worked hard to bring a variety of voices to the table and to keep the dialogue rolling.

Project Watershed is wealthier for Don Castleden’s involvement, on the Board, as a member and volunteer.

Photos of Dan and Don in Action

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Layne and Brenda of 40 KNOTS with Caitlin Pierzchalski ~ L.Stewart