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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)
Vice-Chair: Herman (Harry) Cornelis Oussoren, P.Eng. (Insitu Contractors Inc. (owner), Guelph ON)
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.
Financial Controller: Donald Heerema, CPA, CA (Chartered Accountant, Thunder Bay, ON)
Treasurer: Jason Gehrels, P.Eng. (Financial Advisor, Ottawa, ON)
Secretary: Jennifer Drost (Christian School Teacher, Thunder Bay, ON)
Haiti Coordinator: Les Babcock (Water Well Driller, Bow Island, AB)
Senior Trainer: Les Wing, (Owner of Amythest Well Drilling, Murillo ON)
Board member at Large: Peter John Brown (Owner of Humanwave Radio, Winnipeg MB)
Lifewater Canada staff
President (volunteer): Lynda Gehrels (Thunder Bay, ON)
Executive Officer (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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org