How long have you been on the Board and what position do you currently hold?
I am a recent addition to the OMWA Board, joining in 2018; I am a Technical Director.
What municipality or organization do you represent?
I work for the City of Guelph. The City of Guelph is unique in that we are one of the largest Canadian municipalities reliant on groundwater as our drinking water supply. We have 21 operational wells throughout the City and a shallow groundwater collector system that supplies water to over 130,000 residents.
What is your educational and professional background?
I graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an undergraduate degree in Geography. Since then, I have taken courses in Project Management, Records Management and many training courses in various water-related topics. I have worked for Water Services at the City of Guelph for the last 10 years. I worked as an Operator for many years and hold a Class IV Water Distribution and Supply License. I worked as a Water Conservation Program Coordinator and since 2017, have worked as the Quality Assurance Coordinator, ensuring that the City meets all requirements of the Drinking Water Quality Management Standard.
The OMWA is a not-for-profit organization and all Board positions, including yours, are all volunteer, what inspired you to become an OMWA board member?
I was looking for an opportunity to become involved in an association, working with other water professionals that helps other municipalities and water utilities.
What do you hope to see in the future for OMWA?
I would like to see more involvement from the membership.
What would you say to a 16-year-old student considering a career path in water?
I would say, that it is a great industry to get into. The water industry is full of dedicated professionals who truly care about the customers they serve and the water they provide. There are so many different options for a career in water as well. Everything from computer engineers to licensed trades people to administrative and operational staff – they all have a hand in providing safe drinking water.
What advice would you give to a new graduate considering a position in the water industry?
Work hard, take on every opportunity you can and don’t be afraid to work your way up in an organization. Everyone has to start somewhere and it can take a lot of hard work and determination to get to where you want to be.
What’s your hometown?
What brought you to Ontario?
I have lived here my whole life.
What was your first job?
My first job (aside from babysitting) was working as a line cook at a restaurant in Tobermory, Ontario… if you’ve never been, it’s a beautiful place to take a vacation!
What challenges have you had to overcome in your career?
Taking on new positions and all of the changes that go along with it. Starting in a new job is a challenge, but has always been worth it!
What are some of your hobbies or how do you spend your free time?
Some of my hobbies include reading, gardening, biking, kayaking, knitting and crocheting. I also enjoy doing renovations and projects around the house. In the summer, we spend a lot of time camping with friends.
What is something quirky about you?
I am a huge fan of Classic Rock.
What was your most prized toy as a child, and why?
I would say my baby doll.
If you could have a t-shirt printed with a message, what would it be?
Never let anyone dull your sparkle. (Although that’s probably already on a t-shirt!)