Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator ,
Ontario Clean Water Agency
Ellen Stitt has been a water and wastewater treatment plant operator with Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) for the last three years. She completed a two-year water quality technician diploma at Durham College and is currently completing a public relations certificate online through the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University.
Ellen is passionate about providing safe, clean drinking water to the public because she was born in Walkerton, Ontario, a town where half the community became ill and seven people died due to E. coli poisoning from improperly treated drinking water.
She has engaged in a variety of water and wastewater outreach initiatives, including OCWA’s OneWater Education program, teaching grade 8 students about water and wastewater treatment processes and how everyone has a role in protecting and conserving our water. She also actively promotes the I Don’t Flush campaign, which protects our wastewater infrastructure and source waters from items that shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet, like pharmaceuticals, personal care products, FOG (fats, oils and grease) and household hazardous waste.
Ellen volunteers on a number of water-related committees, including Waterlution’s Youth Advisory Board, and WEAO’s Student Design Competition.
She completed the public relations certificate in December.