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In Celebration of Jim Gehrels' life

We are devastated to share the news of the untimely, sudden death of our Founder and President, the dearly loved Jim Gehrels.  James Adrian Gehrels was a man of deep faith in God; a faith that fueled his passion to help others. He had many, many friends and colleagues in Canada and Internationally.  Jim lived life to the full, despite being diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa as a young man.  Driven by the knowledge that he would eventually go blind, Jim directed his efforts into helping those who lacked the basic necessity of safe drinking water.  Starting in the mid-1990’s, Jim dedicated his life to bringing clean water to developing countries – principally Liberia, Nigeria, Kenya and Haiti.  Lifewater Canada was founded to realize this dream.  Lifewater works with local people to drill and maintain wells, teach health and hygiene and most recently to help with COVID-19 protocols. This unique approach to international development required a lifetime of passionate commitment to help build capacity where the need is unimaginably great.  In Jim’s time leading Lifewater Canada, he oversaw the provision of life-saving clean water to hundreds of thousands of people.  Lynda, Jim's wife and partner working along side him for the past 20 years, along with dedicated volunteers and staff will, thankfully, continue this vital work.  Should you wish to make a donation in honour of the life of this great man, go to


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