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Watershed Manager
Jesse Nielsen
was born and raised in Yorkton, SK. He now lives outside of Springside, SK with his wife and 3 children. He received his Bachelor of Science degree (High Honours) in Land Use and Environmental Studies (LUESt) at the University of Saskatchewan in May of 2007 and a Master of Science degree from U of S in June of 2010. 

His thesis research partnered with Ducks Unlimited Canada to develop a framework for the cumulative effects assessment of project development on wetlands, specifically focusing on the Highway # 11 North twinning project between Saskatoon and Prince Albert, SK. He is confident in his ability to apply the skills and knowledge learned through his education to promote and raise awareness of source water protection, and contribute to the overall success of the Association's work in the Assiniboine River Watershed.

As a life-long avid fisherman and hunter, Jesse is especially passionate about protecting the natural beauty and sustainability of the Yorkton area he calls home. As such, he is excited to contribute to the protection of source water in the Yorkton Area Aquifers and Assiniboine River Watershed. Jesse firmly believes in taking an active role in ensuring that the natural resources of the Assiniboine River are kept healthy for future generations to use and appreciate.

With AWSA's inaugural manager, Aron Hershmiller, becoming the Regional Manager of the Water Security Agency in Yorkton, Jesse is confident that his experience as AWSA coordinator since 2009 will allow him to maintain the AWSA as the province's most prominent watershed association. Continued implementation of meaningful projects and programming that benefit all residents of the watershed through enhanced source water protection will be Jesse's goal as AWSA manager, now,and into the future. 


 Agri-Environmental Specialist

Cameron Hanson-Preece joined the Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association in March, 2016. Cameron grew up on a mixed cattle and grain farm in North Western Saskatchewan located near the Town of Loon Lake. He has completed a B.Sc in Physical Geography at the University of Saskatchewan.

Cameron grew up spending the majority of his time outdoors working on the farm and enjoying outdoor activities like hunting and snowmobiling. He is passionate about environmental management and conserving Saskatchewan’s water resources. 

Previous employment experience with Parks Canada has provided Cameron with GIS mapping experience which can be incorporated with the AWSA. Having experience with grain farming and ranching, Cameron will be able to aid agriculture producers in implementing various projects from the Farm and Ranch Water Infrastructure Program (FRWIP) and Agri-Environmental Group Plans (AEGP).

Coordinator

Caitlyn Peters joined the Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association in September of 2015. She grew up in southern Manitoba on an acreage, surrounded by farming communities. Caitlyn currently resides on an acreage east of Balcarres. She has completed a Diploma with Honours in Environmental Technology from Red River College and a B.Sc. in Applied Environmental Studies at the University of Winnipeg.

Her previous employment included working for the City of Winnipeg’s Water and Waste Department dealing with environmental monitoring and maintenance of the storm water retention basins. During the summer of 2015 Caitlyn held a position with the Water Security Agency’s regional office in Yorkton. This has given her a good understanding of water issues surrounding the Yorkton area and just how important a creative and open mind is when addressing water quality and quantity issues.

Growing up in the country Caitlyn has developed a passion for the outdoors. If not out gardening or maintaining the yard you will probably catch her out hunting or fishing. During harvest she often enjoys tagging along in the combine or driving around scouting fields.

Caitlyn has worked with everyone from urban residents, government officials, non-profit organizations, producers and first nations. She understands the importance of respecting each individual’s opinion and strives to reach suitable solutions that are satisfactory. Her main task will be working with producers to bring their drainage into compliance with the new Water Security Agency Regulations.

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