Meet Our New Director
We are excited to introduce you to Melissa, the new Director of the Canadian Freshwater Alliance.
I currently reside in Simcoe County and acknowledge that we are situated on the traditional land of the Anishnaabeg people as the Lake Simcoe-Nottawasaga from Treaty 18. The Anishnaabeg include the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatomi nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy.
I have lived on or near the lake for many years in Muskoka, Ontario. My water connection is deeply engrained in my lifestyle and one I routinely share with my seven-year-old son. He went on his first backcountry canoe trip at 9 months old in Killarney.
I feel most at peace when paddling backcountry canoe routes in the north and near north. Skirting around the magnificent waters of Lake Superior and the boreal forest of Northwestern Ontario is an absolute delight and solitude. I often reflect historically about how many other paddlers before me have travelled the same waters and routes; that being our First Nations, the fur traders, and other paddling enthusiasts spanning thousands of years. My Temagami paddle trip last summer had me gobsmacked with great rock faces painted with petroglyphs from hundreds of years before now.
While my journey with water is also noted as purely essential for life, in my recreational capacity, I want to advocate for water security as a sustainable resource and leave it as a legacy for future generations. This fundamental, critical basic human right to clean drinking water is still not provided to all Canadians while we remain resource-rich with freshwater.
It is my hope that through my collaborative efforts within the Freshwater Alliance, we can work to bring awareness and change policy that will make a lasting impact for all Canadians to have access to clean drinking water and provide renewed, sustainable quality. We are all stewards of this land and water.