Meet the interns and community mentors, both current and past, who have worked with Water First. Click on an individual for a brief biography.
Before applying to the Internship Program, I was looking for work in water treatment. I actually began the program with my Operator in Training (OIT) in water treatment and distribution, and I also hold my OIT in wastewater treatment and collection. I’m interested in both environmental water and drinking water, so when I saw the posting shared on my communities’ social media page, I was immediately inspired to apply.
In the future, I want to be of service and volunteer with an organization that provides safe drinking water after a natural disaster. I am also excited to pursue post-secondary education and earn a diploma in Chemical Engineering!
“It felt like the Internship Program was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I knew that this program would help me start a career where I feel like I would be making a difference. When I went to the Water First website and started to understand what the organization was doing, I felt like I had to apply and be a part of the program.
I enjoy water immensely, I’d say I have a strong relationship with water. My community did experience water challenges when I was growing up. We were told the well at my house was not good for drinking. I think that it was like that for most wells in my community. This was certainly a challenge that led me to work with Water First. I knew next to nothing about water treatment, but did know a tiny bit about what kinda water you want to drink from if you ever find yourself lost in the woods.
I’m doing this for myself, my family, and my community. It’s important to know how things are done, and gives you a better appreciation for it. It’s a good career to have, which I’m sure would ease my parents minds knowing that. It also feels good knowing that my community will have a local water treatment operator at the plant to at least a couple decades. I’d like to get a Level 3 certification for water treatment, I do see this as a career for me. I’d like to increase my math skills and learn more about chemistry.”