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Alex Cartagena, Sheshegwaning First Nation

Alex Cartagena has worked a lot of jobs since high school – in carpentry, in forestry, and at the quarry. When that last job at the quarry ended due to a shutdown, he found himself unemployed, with two children and bills to pay.

The Water First Internship is a ticket out of chronic underemployment and unemployment, he hopes, and it’s work that he likes. “I enjoy learning formulas, and how to use equipment,” he said. Alex has obtained his Water Quality Analyst and his Operator-In-Training, he is currently working part time at the Sheshegwaning water treatment plant.