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Our Team

At every step, highly qualified and dedicated professionals are involved in our operations.

Staff Members

Brenda Lapell

Digital Communications Manager
Water First Staff: Brenda Lapell

Brenda Lapell

Position: Digital Communications Manager
Categories: Staff

With over 20 years of marketing and communications experience, Brenda has successfully developed online marketing campaigns and strategies for a variety of non-profits. She shares her vast experience to help Water First build effective public communications initiatives.

Brooke Harrison

Technical Trainer & Project Coordinator

Brooke Harrison

Position: Technical Trainer & Project Coordinator
Categories: Staff

Brooke graduated from Trent University with a degree in Environmental and Earth Sciences, during this time she worked at the Peterborough Water Treatment Plant growing her interest and knowledge in clean drinking water. Before coming to Water First, Brooke worked at Georgian Bay Forever conducting research and education on microplastics in freshwater ecosystems, working towards legislative change to stop microfibre pollution at the source- our washing machines. At Water First, Brooke is excited to work alongside First Nations communities who share a love for the aquatic environment. Brooke is lucky to call the Saugeen Bruce Peninsula home.

Beth Wright

Technical Trainer & Communications Coordinator

Beth Wright

Position: Technical Trainer & Communications Coordinator
Categories: Staff

Beth graduated from the University of Windsor with a degree in Environmental Studies and a concentration in Resource Management. Her schooling, along with her previous work experience in social media earned Beth a spot on both the Environmental Water and Communications teams. She’s excited to be working in two fields she’s passionate about, and is ready to learn as much as possible from her colleagues and from the communities she works with.

Board of Directors


Water First Advisor: Bob Rae

Bob Rae

Categories: Advisors

Bob Rae is a former Premier of Ontario and a former interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. He now advocates for First Nations on a number of issues, including the right to safe drinking water.


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