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Celebrating the Graduates of the Georgian Bay Drinking Water Internship

Celebrating the Graduates of the Georgian Bay Drinking Water Internship

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In June of 2021 Water First, in partnership with Waabnoong Bemjiwang Association of First Nations, Gezhtoojig Employment & Training, and Anishinabek Nation, launched a new Drinking Water Internship Program in the Georgian Bay area of Ontario.

During the 15-month internship program, each intern accumulated 1,800 hours of on-the-job experience in water treatment plants, which is a part of the water operator in training (OIT) certification process. Interns also pursued additional water operator certification exams including water quality analyst and the entry-level course for drinking water operators, as well as environmental relevant training like GIS and water sampling which can lead to work in both drinking water treatment and the environmental water field. Following graduation, interns join the Water First Alumni Network to stay engaged, build local networks and access opportunities for ongoing professional development and peer support.

Each and every graduate displayed incredible dedication and skill throughout the course of their internship, facing new challenges in stride. After weeks of hands-on instruction in treatment plants, or in the environment learning monitoring and sampling techniques, there is no doubt that these impressive young adults will do great things for their communities. Congratulations graduates!