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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 4 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.

Jesse began as AWSA coordinator in May 2009 and became manager in September 2015. 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. 

Coordinator - On Maternity Leave

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. 

Coordinator - On Maternity Leave

Amber Cramer joined the Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association in January 2018. Amber grew up on a mixed farm north of Willowbrook, Saskatchewan. She now lives in Yorkton with her husband and two children.
Previous employment experience with Altus Geomatics has provided Amber with a wealth of surveying experience that will be invaluable at the AWSA. Working with Altus has also given her a good understanding of the watershed's topography (or lack of) and the issues we face given the geography of the area.

Technician - Sierra Unick

Product of the Canora area, Sierra Unick, joined the Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association as a Technician in January of 2021. She has completed a Diploma in Water Conservation & Management, as well as a B.App.Sc in Environmental Management, at Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alberta.
Sierra’s passion for environmental stewardship stems from lessons learned on both of her grandparents’ farm operations throughout her younger years. These memories grew into pursuing a career that she can devote to helping others for today and the future.
In her short professional career so far, Sierra has worked on multiple projects in the agri-environmental industry including riparian health assessments, crop yield trials, waterway surveying, and more. After hours, if Sierra isn’t out quadding or snowmobiling, you might find her spending time with family or learning a new hobby. She is very excited to be a member of the AWSA team and looks forward to every new opportunity that this role brings.