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Lifewater Canada board members

Lifewater Canada has an independent governing body of people from diverse backgrounds to pursue thorough deliberation and sound decision-making.


Chair: Cheryl Ann Hertan (Certified Tumor Registrar, John Muir Medical Health, Atascadero, CA)

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Vice-Chair: Herman (Harry) Cornelis Oussoren, P.Eng. (Insitu Contractors Inc. (owner), Guelph ON)

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President: Lynda Mary Gehrels, Registered Nurse (retired) Thunder Bay ON. Her annual compensation is $0 because she lives as her husband Jim did, believing that every dollar possible should be directed to helping children get the safe water they need to stay healthy.

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Financial Controller: Donald Heerema, CPA, CA (Chartered Accountant, Thunder Bay, ON)

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Treasurer: Jason Gehrels, P.Eng. (Financial Advisor, Ottawa, ON)

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Secretary: Jennifer Drost (Christian School Teacher, Thunder Bay, ON)            

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Haiti Coordinator: Les Babcock (Water Well Driller, Bow Island, AB)

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Senior Trainer: Les Wing, (Owner of Amythest Well Drilling, Murillo ON)

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Board member at Large: Peter John Brown (Owner of Humanwave Radio, Winnipeg MB)

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Lifewater Canada staff

President (volunteer): Lynda Gehrels (Thunder Bay, ON)

Executive Director (contracted part-time): Daniel Nickol, Swift Current, SK

Donor & Volunteer Relations Manager (contracted part-time): Jeff Adams, Calgary, AB

Haiti Assistant Coordinator (volunteer): Ruth Babcock, RN retired, Bow Island, AB

Haiti Technical Advisor (volunteer): Gilbert Dumont, Petroleum Eng. Retired, Calgary, AB

Liberia Country Coordinator (volunteer): Paul Harvey, Örebro, Narke, Sweden


Board fiscal accountability and governing policies

Audited financials are prepared by BDO Canada LLP and posted on our website. According to their fiscal 2019 audit:

  • None of the listed Board Members are compensated for their service;
  • There has been no unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets
  • There are no loans to related parties such as key officers, staff, or Board members
  • In the 12 months ended June 30, 2020, donations to Lifewater by its board members totaled $44,995 after $72,262 during the previous fiscal year.

Financials are reviewed by the Board in advance of regulatory filing.

The Board follows a framework for fiscal responsibility and accountability.

Minutes are kept of all Board Meetings to ensure that decisions are documented and actions taken. To request a copy, please email

Some other policies

  • Donor privacy policy indicates that Lifewater will not share or sell a donor's information, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations. Donors can ask to be listed as anonymous on sponsorship listings. This policy is published on the Lifewater website.
  • Conflict of interest policy guides deliberations when making decisions that might benefit the private interest of an officer or director of the organization.
  • Whistleblower policy handles employee complaints or concerns from overseas partners regarding financial mismanagement.
  • Records retention and destruction policy fosters good record-keeping procedures. It guides the handling and destruction of documents in order to promote data integrity and security.
  • While the President (CEO) receives no salary, Lifewater Canada does have a CEO Compensation Policy, outlining the procedure to be used to determine future CEO compensation.

Every $1 you give provides a child with safe water for a year!

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