Strengthening our human connection to water with a new digital platform

Monday, October 15, 2018

Danielle Lindamood and Irene Brueckner-Irwin have had a passion for water for as long as they can remember. It’s what led them to become actively involved in the Water Institute, and what inspired them to launch a unique, online platform that shares the incredible impacts of people working in the water-related fields with a particular focus on women.

Although it started out as an idea for a documentary, Girls Gone Water has transformed into something much more – it’s a place for people to cultivate a connection with water through storytelling, communicate the positive impacts of research and water projects, and highlight the value of women in the water space.

Danielle Lindamood

Danielle ​Lindamood

“Quite often we hear stories of doom and gloom about water,” said Girls Gone Water co-founder Danielle Lindamood. “However, that hasn’t been our experience during our time in the field. We wanted to create a platform to share the positive, inspiring and impactful stories about what’s going on in the world of water.”

Girls Gone Water launched in August 2018. Since that time, Danielle and Irene have shared eight profiles of women in water, developed two projects that explore the connections between women in water in the Bay of Fundy and in India, and created a multimedia blog and social media accounts that features stunning photos that communicate important water issues.

Irene Brueckner-Irwin

Irene Brueckner-Irwin

“We wanted to take the types of research and experiences we had come across during our time at Waterloo, and turn them into stories that could reach more people in accessible ways,” said Irene Brueckner-Irwin, co-founder of Girls Gone Water. “This is why we have different types of content on our website – hopefully at least one piece speaks to our audience and resonates with them in a meaningful way.”

Danielle and Irene are currently working on Girls Gone Water in their spare time, in two different locations. Irene resides in New Brunswick working in marine conservation, while Danielle contributes from Ontario while working at the University of Waterloo. The two are looking forward to sharing new stories, developing more projects, and helping people connect and dialogue over what a better water world looks like.

Danielle and Irene welcome dialogue, feedback, and opportunities for collaboration and can be contacted at

More information can be found at

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