Rheanne Kroschinsky

Rheanne Kroschinsky is pursuing her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies through the Community Engagement, Social Change, and Equity theme in the College of Graduate Studies at UBC Okanagan. 

She successfully defended her master’s thesis, “Watershed Ecosystems and Human Interconnections: A New Model of Governance for Peachland Creek, B.C.”, as part of the Watershed Ecosystems Project (WEP) cluster, this past August.

Rheanne also holds an undergraduate degree in Human Geography from UBC, Vancouver. Rheanne’s professional background is in both clinical research and conference and program planning for NGOs and 501(c)(3)s in Canada and the United States. At UBC Okanagan, her research surrounds basin-level, collaborative watershed governance systems in British Columbia, and specifically their role within the WEP in Peachland, BC. Rheanne is grateful to live, work and play in the traditional and unceded lands of the Syilx Okanagan Nation, now known as Penticton, and is privileged to spend many afternoons running, hiking and exploring throughout the sqʷʔa (Peachland Creek) watershed.


Rheanne Kroschinsky
PhD Student, Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies – Community Engagement, Social Change, and Equity

Email: Rheanne.Kroschinsky@ubc.ca


Development of an inclusive watershed governance model for sqʷʔa (Peachland Creek) with John Wagner

Here are a few photographs to illustrate various aspects of Rheanne’s work:

  • Rheanne at the halfway point of the Trepanier Greenway hike.

  • Waterfall after hike down the canyon, about 9km up Brenda Mines Road.

  • Looking up from the very bottom of sqʷʔa (Peachland Creek) about 8km up Brenda Mines Road. This perspective helps us understand why it was once termed “Deep Creek”.

  • sqʷʔa (Peachland Creek)
  • Dr. John Wagner and Rheanne Kroschinsky, sqʷʔa (Peachland Creek).

  • Rheanne canyoning down to sqʷʔa (Peachland Creek).

  • Rheanne Kroschinsky and her daughters, Lilly and Orli, participating in the Peachland Watershed Protection Alliance Watershed Cleanup for World Rivers Day.

I have studied the ecological history of the watershed, conducted an extensive interview process with settler culture water users in order to understand their divergent interests and perspectives, and helped to facilitate meetings with our Syilx Okanagan colleagues and community spokespeople.

I have utilized my findings, along with an extensive study of watershed organizations across North America, to help shape recommendations for a collaborative, basin-level governance model that unites the knowledge gathered through the Watershed Ecosystems cluster’s interdisciplinary research process and the voices of the water users, with specific awareness to Syilx Okanagan value systems.  

Meaningful integration of Syilx water sciences, law, and cultural relationships are central tenets of the Watershed Ecosystems cluster research design, and as such, sections of my thesis explored the capacities of IWRMbased frameworks to acknowledge and include Indigenous value systems. 

Getting involved with community-based organizations and interest groups helped me to understand the local context while I worked to develop a governance structure that represented Peachland Creek’s unique socio-ecology.