Through the Drinking Water Internship, the biggest thing I learned was the hard work and skills needed to keep a whole community safe with clean water. Like in my community, many First Nations in Canada already have water treatment staff doing a great job. And yet, it is clear that having more well-trained young people, like myself, working as operators, will mean we will have clean water for today and the future.

I am proof that, given the opportunity and the right support, we can all do things that maybe we didn’t think were possible. Being an operator is quite the responsibility; not to be taken lightly. You’re not just keeping one person safe. Or just yourself. It’s the whole community. Before this, I didn’t realize that I could fulfill such an important role for my community.

I hope you will consider donating to a solution that helps our communities address water challenges, while putting people like me on a career path I never would have imagined.

Water First Graduate: Hunter Edison

Hunter Andrew James Edison, OIT
Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation
Drinking Water Internship Graduate

The importance of the water treatment operator role is critical, and it's often overlooked. It isn't as glamorous as being a paramedic or police officer, but without it, communities would be in crisis just the same. They are truly heroes without capes.
Jon Kocis, HUB Services Manager
Bimose Tribal Council

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