As Clean Water Action celebrates our 40th Anniversary we're looking back on forty years of Action for Clean Water and planning for the future. Our Clean Water People - friends, alumni, partners, activists, and members are sharing their stories of Clean Water Action, the campaigns they were a part of, the victories won, and where life after Clean Water Action has taken them.
This is Nida's story.
My name is Nida Wilson. Protecting our environment has always been a priority in my adult life. I started canvassing when I was in college at Michigan State University in 2001. I became a trainer, then a field manager and cross trained in Cleveland and New Jersey. After college I moved out to Boston to be closer to family and continued to work with Clean Water Action as a field manager. In 2005 I did a series of cross trains in Philadelphia and Baltimore for my Canvass Director training.
My first placement as a CD was opening the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's field canvass out of the DC office. After a year and half in Providence, I ended up in Pittsburgh for the '08 election. After Obama was elected, I was burnt out! I never thought I'd end up in Pittsburgh, but Clean Water Action led me to the place I belong.
After deciding to stay, I found the love of my life and a great job as an Environmental Educator at City Charter High School. I organize and implement hands on conservation projects with high school students. I also work part time with the Student Conservation Association, leading weekend camping trips to teach today's youth trail maintenance skills.
I've stayed in contact with lots of my friends from CWA, in fact some of my closest friends are people I met during my canvassing years. My husband and I just had a baby girl and I hope that as Clean Water Action turns 40 they continue to keep up the fight for a clean, healthy environment for our families and our future!