Our Message

With your support we reached 956,000 people with clean water.

Our Message

Dear friends,

For millions of people around the world, clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene are still not a normal part of daily life. That means children around the world must go to school where there is no running water or toilets, women and girls must spend hours collecting water for their families from dirty creeks and rivers, families must go to the washroom in the open, getting sick as a result.

We all know that water is a crucial element for life. But it is also fundamental to sustainable development and human dignity. Water, decent toilets and basic hygiene are vital if we are to achieve positive health and nutrition outcomes, access to education, gender equality, environmental security, and economic productivity.

The benefits are clear and at WaterAid, we are determined to make these basic rights available to everyone everywhere within a generation.

It starts by working with partners and communities to install taps and toilets – but also goes much further, from educating people on the importance of good hygiene, to pooling knowledge and resources at the grassroots and national level, all the way to influencing policy change among governments in the countries where we work.

To do this, we need to continue working together.

This year, WaterAid Canada remained focussed on bringing people together, encouraging collaboration and ensuring that many voices are heard along our journey to water, decent toilets and basic hygiene for everyone, everywhere by 2030.

  • In the summer of 2016 we convened organizations and experts from across Canada to pool knowledge and expertise to develop Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: Essential Elements of Canada's International Development Assistance, a decisive case for strengthening investment in water, sanitation and hygiene and integrating them in Canada’s overseas development priorities.
  • We called on the Government of Canada to join the Sanitation and Water for All Partnership which provides a critical international platform to achieve progress toward implementing Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation.
  • We began the fifth and final year of Clean Water for Schools Project in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda to ensure safe and healthy learning environments in 170 schools in these regions in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • We began community-based projects in Mali and Tanzania that will help expand our reach so that thousands of children, women and men will have a much better chance at a healthier, safer and more productive life.

At WaterAid Canada we also remain committed to a culture of accountability and best practices, which includes continuously reviewing and improving our policies and procedures and ensuring strict adherence to government accounting and grant administration standards. This, of course, remains the foundation that underpins our work and our stewardship of donor support.

We are grateful to WaterAid Canada’s Board of Directors, who provide diligent leadership and are deeply committed to advancing our mission. We recognize our staff who are determined to bring about positive sustainable changes in the lives of so many through hard work and innovation.

But most importantly, we want to thank you, the Canadians who share our vision and demonstrate such incredible generosity. Your support is vital to helping us transform lives around the world.

Please read on as we take a look back and share some of our achievements from 2016-17. We will tell you about the partners we’ve collaborated with, the work we’ve been privileged to be a part of, and the people in the communities you support.

David McInnes, Signature

David McInnes, Chair

Nicole Hurtubise, Signature

Nicole Hurtubise, CEO

CEO Picture

Our Board of Directors:

David McInnes, Chair

Principal, DMci Strategies; former CEO, Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute

V.G. (Vic) Kariappa

Managing Director, RBC Royal Bank: Government, Crown Corporations, Insurance and Financial Markets

Poya Kherghehpoush

Director, Movement Transformation, United Way/Centraide Ottawa

Martin Munro

Vice-President, Strategy and Business Development, DRS Technologies Canada Ltd.

Susan Murray

Vice-President Public Relations, Forest Products Association of Canada, Ret.

Annette Nicholson

International Development Research Centre, Ret.

Wayne Wadley

President and Director of TEAJA Office Beverages North American Ltd. and Co-Founder, Virginia Stone

Senior Management:

Nicole Hurtubise

Chief Executive Officer

Andrea Helfer

Vice President - Fundraising

Alan McRae

Director of Finance and Administration

David Marchesseault

Director of International Programs

Christine LaRocque

Director of Communications

Photography: WaterAid/Ernest Randriarimalala