Andreanne Simard: A Woman with a Lifelong Passion for Water
At Nestlé Canada, we have so many talented people working together to make our products Better by the Day. To celebrate them, we’ve launched a series of short videos to help you get to know the people of Nestlé. Next up: Andreanne Simard.
Water is something I have always been passionate about. I grew up next to the St. Lawrence River; I’ve lived in communities beside the Great Lakes; I’ve been around groundwater wells for half my life and, now, my family has our own well. From a very young age, I had a profound appreciation for water. As my two young daughters grow up, I can see that same appreciation for water shine through in the way they value our water at home. My job now as a Natural Resources Manager at Nestlé Waters Canada is all about maintaining a safe, sustainable water supply.
On a typical day at work, you’ll see me driving around in my pick-up truck, wearing my steel-toed boots and getting knee-deep in the wetlands that surround our community. I do a lot in the field, whether it’s measuring stream flows and water levels, taking samples or working with turtle experts. I love the outdoors because it fuels my passion for my work.
I love that I get to work in the field of science, and that I learn new things every day. I think that this sets a really positive example for my daughters, teaching them that they can do anything if they have the passion.
I think what I like most about my work is how it keeps me connected to my local community. You’ll often see me monitoring residential wells or holding community office hours for residents. I answer questions about water supply and listen to concerns from my neighbours. This is a really important part of my job that I take very seriously. I get a really good feeling when I’ve helped someone understand more about a resource that is precious to all of us.
At the end of the day, we all just want a safe, sustainable water supply. Every day we’re learning more about our operations and more about the communities we’re in. And that’s really what my job is all about.