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Our Team

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

Staff Members

Stephen McGovarin

Technical Trainer & Project Coordinator
 

Stephen McGovarin

Position: Technical Trainer & Project Coordinator
Categories: Staff

Stephen holds an Honours Bsc in Indigenous Environmental Studies and an MSc in Environmental Life Sciences from Trent University. Stephen’s experience has been focused on environmental pollution, fisheries and community-based programs with First Nations.

Sarah Allemang

School Engagement Coordinator
 
Sarah Allemang

Sarah Allemang

Position: School Engagement Coordinator
Categories: Staff

Sarah is an Ontario Certified Teacher and has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. She has worked with students of all ages teaching environmental and outdoor education programming at multiple outdoor education centres, as well as teaching at a forest school. Sarah loves integrating curriculum with hands-on outdoor and experiential learning opportunities. She is excited to work with and learn from Indigenous communities and students, sharing her passion for the environment, outdoor activities, and environmental stewardship.

Sarah Jayne Kendall

Director of Community Engagement
 

Sarah Jayne Kendall

Position: Director of Community Engagement
Categories: Staff

S.J. (Sarah Jayne) is a member of Alderville First Nation who equally embraces her Anishinaabe and settler ancestry.  With over 20 years’ experience in the community mental health and wellness sector, SJ’s career has been rooted in addressing the inequities Indigenous people experience when accessing culturally appropriate health care, safe and affordable housing and meaningful community supports. Community work experience led SJ to her current role with Water First, facilitating ongoing Indigenous historical and cultural awareness learning paths to ensure the Water First team continues its reparation work with Indigenous communities in an informed, inclusive and respectful way. Being an Anishinaabe Kwe, SJ understands her inherent role as a Water Protector and supports meaningful collaboration with community partners.

Sam Cunningham

Technical Trainer & Project Coordinator
 

Sam Cunningham

Position: Technical Trainer & Project Coordinator
Categories: Staff

Sam holds a Masters of Water Security from the University of Saskatchewan, an Environmental Technologist Diploma from Fleming College, and a BSc in Environmental Science from Saint Mary’s University. Before coming to Water First, she worked at the County of Essex and the Georgian Bay Biosphere, working to incorporate climate change planning into municipal operations. She is excited to be putting her OIT certification to use alongside her passion for equitable environmental education.

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