Water For People Committee

Welcome to the Water For People Committee page

What We Do

Water For People (WFP) is an international non-profit working across 9 countries in South America, Africa, and Asia to bring safe water and sanitation to 4 million people.

WFP empowers local governments, community members, and service providers to invest in the long-term solutions and systems that are right for them. This means listening to them and establishing trust from the very beginning. We want every community, household, school, and clinic to have lasting access to safe water and sanitation for generations to come – we call this impact model Everyone Forever. Water For People achieved a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the 15th year in a row

Water For People Canada was created in 1995 and has funded or partially funded more than 76 projects in seven countries (total approx. US $1.14 million).

The OWWA – Water For People Committee works to increase the awareness of the projects work and to raise funds for theses projects. 100% of funds donated through OWWA Water For People Committee Activities are passed on to Water For People Canada. Committee Operations are funded by the OWWA.

Our Activities

The OWWA Water For People Committee is happy to share that we were able to donate over $28, 500 to Water For People in 2018. We couldn’t have achieved this without the support from our event volunteers, participants, and the generosity of our sponsors and donors. A big thank you to everyone!!

Water For People Committee Events

Ski/Snowboard Day

The 11th Annual Ski/Snowboard Day was held on January 18, 2019. There were 34 participants that were able to enjoy great conditions and no line-ups at Devil’s Glen, a private resort in Glen Huron.



Ontario’s Water Conference and Tradeshow

At Ontario’s Water Conference & Tradeshow, the committee raises money through the sale of WFP heart stickers and through a Silent Auction. In addition to these committee activities, there are other events during the conference that result in donations. C3 Water has hosted a number of darts tournaments and donated proceeds to the committee; 2019 marked their sixth anniversary of holding this event. For many years, the Ontario Water Works Equipment Association has donated the proceeds from their Golf Tournament.



Kenneth J. Miller Founders’ Award

Every year, Water For People recognizes outstanding committee volunteers with an award that honours one of their founders, Ken Miller. Recipients receive an official pin from their committee and are recognized during a formal luncheon hosted during ACE. Past recipients from the OWWA WFP are listed below.

2019- Mike Matesic
2018- Garry Boychuk
2017- Carolyn de Groot
2016- Gary Craig
2015- Deb Goudreau


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Who We Are

 Chair  Sammy Hiseler
 Vice-chair  Cynthia Doughty
 Liaison Director  Jaime Boutilier

Member List

Member Employer
Jaime Boutilier Cima+
Sammy Hiseler C3 Water
Cynthia Doughty
Allan Choi RV Anderson
Allison Biggar Pure Technologies Ltd.
Carolyn De Groot City of London
Deb Goudreau Oxford County
Deepinder Gurm OCWA
Garry Boychuk City of Toronto
Husein Almuhtaram University of Toronto
Mike Matesic Continental Carbon
Omar Alshikh
Saloni Singh Wood
Divyam Beniwal RV Anderson
Maika Pellegrino WSP
Nathaly Villada Cole Engineering
Dimitriy Zolken Runnalls
Nazish Asim
Xiaohui Sun University of Waterloo
Yu Xiao
Ed Broeders H2Flow
Sabrina Bedjera University of Waterloo


Water and Health

  • Most frequent diseases related to poor water supply and sanitation includes diarrhea, cholera, and typhoid. Lack of sanitation is the world’s biggest cause of infection
  • More than 1 billion people lack access to clean water
  • Roughly 2.4 billion—almost 1 of every 3 people on the planet—lack access to sanitation

Water as a Catalyst for Change

WFP uses water as the catalyst for change and improved health in developing countries. WFP collaborate with local partner organizations, empowering a community to take ownership and develop independence by having a local water board and health promoter. WFP projects ESTABLISH low cost water and sanitation services close to home:

  • Community hand pumps
  • Water storage tanks
  • Hand washing stations
  • Gravity fed water systems
  • Household latrines

WFP projects PROMOTE health education to maximize the benefits from a new water system.

For More Information

For the ‘big picture look’ at the fundraising activities and international project work of Water For People please visit the links section.

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