My energy and enthusiasm for the environment and my philosophy that health is a basic human right permeate my work. I started my career as an environmental engineer but became interested in human health impacts, which inspired me to complete a PhD in Public Health. My research focused on how livelihood, poverty and policy influence water access in rural Uganda. I currently work with First Nations communities to support sustainable access to safe, reliable water supplies. I also lecture at the University of British Columbia on global environmental health and the impacts of climate change on human health.