Posted by Carol Hutchinson on Apr 19, 2019
Guest Speaker:  Friday, April 26, 2019
Location:  The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Topic:  Water First Internship Program
Host:  David Libby, and the Indigenous Service Committee
 
Water First is Canada’s leading charitable organization dedicated to resolving drinking and environmental water challenges in First Nations.
 
John Millar, Water First’s Executive Director and founder, will primarily discuss the organization’s Internship program, which Rotary Toronto has generously supported this year. The Water First Internship supports young First Nations adults to achieve entry-level certifications in the fields of drinking water treatment and environmental water quality monitoring.
John has twelve years experience running Canada-wide, non-profit, First Nations focused education and training programs. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph, studying community development and the biophysical environment, and gained his master’s degree at the University of Victoria with a focus on non-profits and government policy.
 
John has worked with numerous NGOs abroad, in the fields of education and water, and at the University of Guelph John worked as a degree program design consultant and lecturer. John started Water First in 2009, in the back of his home, in Creemore, Ontario. Water First now has 20 staff and has collaborated with over 40 Indigenous communities in Ontario, Quebec & Labrador.