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Water First

2023 Fall Event RSVP

Safe water needs skilled people.

November 30th, 2023
12:00 p.m. ET — 1:30 p.m. ET

(9:00 AM PT, 10:00 AM MT, 11:00 AM CT, 1:00 PM AT, 1:30 PM NFLD)

Save the date for this year’s virtual event, Safe Water Needs Skilled People

This is an opportunity to hear impactful stories from Water First staff, interns and graduates of our programs, and our Indigenous Advisory Council.


Jeannette Corbiere Lavell
Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, CM
Educator, Activist and Member of Water First's Indigenous Advisory Council

Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, an Anishinaabe community worker, has dedicated decades to empowering Indigenous women in Canada through her leadership in organizations like the Ontario Native Women’s Association and the Native Women’s Association of Canada, earning her the Order of Canada in 2018.

Spencer Welling
Spencer Welling
Drinking Water Internship Graduate

Spencer's commitment to the Internship Program is driven by a belief in Water First's mission and a passion to address water challenges in their community. He is currently the Operator in Training in Magnetewan First Nation and aspires to provide long-term support to their family and community.

melodie jackpine
Melodie Squires
Drinking Water Internship Graduate

Melodie is a mother, a daughter, an auntie and a friend from Serpent River First Nation. She graduated from Water First's drinking water internship this September and has successfully achieved her Class 1 Water Operator license. She excelled at passing the rigorous Water Quality Analyst Exam and has participated over 200 hours of water operator training outside of the internship.

Dillon Koopmans
Dillon Koopmans
Senior Manager, Education, Water First

Dillon, an Ontario Certified Teacher of Potawatomi descent with dual Bachelor's degrees in geography and education, has extensive experience delivering STEM workshops, watershed projects, and land-based education in FNMI communities across Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec, and 85 Indigenous communities.

Post-Event Survey

We would greatly appreciate feedback on the Much More Than Water event so we can improve for any future virtual events. Kindly fill out this survey, which should take no more than 2 minutes to complete: