November 22, 2005
Source: British Columbia Institute of Technology:
Riverworld shares personal journey to the world's wildest waters
BURNABY, BC: Great rivers will be featured as Riverworld, a visually stunning slide show and presentation based on the travels of river conservationist Mark Angelo, returns to Burnaby for its tour-ending performance November 30 at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.
Riverworld takes the audience on an around-the-world adventure river-by-river. The program focuses on the wonders of river travel as well as the threats confronting our great waterways and the plight of many river-based indigenous people and cultures throughout the world. The presentation is based on Angelo’s numerous trips as an avid paddler over the past 35 years and has played to sold-out venues across North America for the past two years.
Angelo has traveled along hundreds of waterways on six different continents. As a kayaker and rafter, he has descended many of the world’s longest rivers, such as the Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Mekong. As an avid fly-fisherman, Angelo’s travels have taken him to exotic locales, ranging from the wilderness of New Zealand to the remoteness of Mongolia. He has also traveled extensively throughout northern Canada.
Angelo heads BCIT’s Fish, Wildlife, Recreation Program and chairs the polytechnic institute’s new Fish, Wildlife, Recreation Centre of Excellence, which is helping to sponsor Riverworld. Contributing partners include National Geographic, which has featured Riverworld extensively on its website.
Last year, BCIT – through its Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Technology Program – launched the Riverworld website at www.riverworld.bcit.ca. The site is dedicated to the conservation and improved management of the world’s great rivers. Angelo is the Rivers Chair of the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC and founder of BC Rivers Day which attracts over 75,000 people annually, and he was instrumental in developing the first World Rivers Day this past September. In 2001, Angelo received the Order of Canada for his river conservation efforts at home and abroad. He was also recently presented with a special United Nations award for Science, Education and Conservation in recognition of his global river conservation efforts, is a member of the Order of British Columbia, and is featured in The BC Almanac Book of Greatest British Columbians. He was also the inaugural recipient of Canada’s National River Conservation Award.
Riverworld has been touring cities throughout North America and the November 30 show will be its swan song. The presentation gets underway at 7:30pm at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby, Angelo’s home community. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased the Shadbolt Centre’s box office at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, or by phone at 604-205-3000. All proceeds will be used to support future BC Rivers Day activities.
For further information:
Mark Angelo, BCIT Fish, Wildlife, Recreation Program
Allison Markin, Media Relations Manager