“I thought the content was fabulous! It’s changed how I will do problem-solving moving forward in my career. I’ve seen firsthand at WIL that ‘all of us are smarter than any one of us’. And, I deeply felt the impact of working in multidisciplinary groups. I’m a firm believer now that the best solutions will only come when diverse voices collaboratively make the solution together.”

Margaret–Researcher, University of Calgary, Canada

” The facilitation methods were amazing.”

Analy–Researcher Universidad Centroamericana, Nicaragua

“I enjoyed the collaboration and flexibility the program provided. I truly appreciated that the training was not the typical “in-class learning” experience where we were being talked at, but that we could move and experience our learning.”

Alicja–Water Resources Technician, Canada

“The indigenous awareness component of WIL was eye opening.”

Ryan–Water Conservation, University of Guelph, CanadaWater Conservation, University of Guelph, Canada

“Building this connection with young professionals and resource guests who shared similar interests and career paths was remarkable and empowering. Being able to share my knowledge and experience with them made me grow as a person and as a scientist, and gave me a sense of purpose. All of this collaboration eventually pushed us to achieve innovation for water challenges we never thought were solvable!”

Sara–Research Assistant/ Water Quality Specialist, LebanonResearch Assistant/ Water Quality Specialist, Lebanon/

“WIL Canada was a life changing experience. I have never before had the opportunity to network and collaborate with such a diverse, interdisciplinary group of individuals.”

Taryn–Environmental Engineering, PhD Student University of Western Ontario, CanadaEnvironmental Engineering, PhD Student University of Western Ontario

“Participating in the Great Waters Challenge taught us many things about our local water systems and the relationship that Indigenous Peoples of our area have had with water.  Learning about the challenges that our global water systems face, students felt compelled to take action! We started an initiative at our school to reduce the use of single use plastics through educating our community and providing alternatives.  The Great Waters Challenge was a spring board that took our learning on an exciting journey and helped us each develop as social activists and global citizens.”

Karen Mostad Grade 6/7Nanoose Bay Elementary, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

“One thing we as a class noticed while reading the blogs is that water is important to everyone – whether you live in a big city like Toronto, or a small town like Gjoa Haven! A lot of water related geological features have first nation names as water was also very important to our ancestors’ way of life.  This challenge has made us more aware of water related issue throughout our country.”

Qiqirtaq Ilihakvik Secondary SchoolGWC team - Gjoa Haven, NU

“Taking part in the Great Water Challenge has been a great experience for our class. We have gained a better understanding of how important it is to learn about the heritage and history of our waterway and how it has changed over time. We realize how vitally important it is to be stewards of our watershed, our lakes, our streams – our home. We have hope for the future but know that we need to actively be part of the solution.”

Cawthra Park Secondary SchoolGWC Team - Mississauga, ON

The students are sponges, who want to learn, who want to share, and who want to be seen as stewards of the water. We take care of salmon, we grow micro greens, we preserve water, and we will teach our primary Grade 2 class about this project in January! Thanks for the opportunity to learn with all the adults and high school students. We had fun. We look forward to talking with the Gjoa Haven students this month!”

Carol Wyatt’s Grade 4/5 classroomat Assumption School, Powell River BC