Valley Women’s Business Network Members

Welcome to the VWBN membership page. Below is a list of VWBN members. Search for a member by using the search box below or by selecting the appropriate category.

  • Helen Abel - Certified Career Practitioner, PeopleWorx

    608 Granville Rd., RR#2, Granville Ferry, NS B0S 1K0

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    Helen Abel has dedicated her career to helping other people make the most of theirs. She offers skilled and personalized guidance, support and encouragement. If you've ever been one of Helen's clients, you can probably point to many ways in which she has given your career a boost, just when you needed it. Helen is also a Past President of VWBN.

  • Michèle Beaudry Casey - DMP Professional Translation Services

    Kentville

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    Translation is the art of getting across your message as accurately as possible in the least amount of words possible. Independent, freelance professional Translator, from English to French, with more than 30 years experience. Always available to adapt to every translation need. I translate written material, documents, texts, reports, letters, contracts, instruction guides, etc. from English to French, while making sure that the translated version conveys the meaning of the original as clearly as possible. Please do not hesitate to email me at dmppro@gmail.com or call at 902-670-3621. Michèle Beaudry Casey Translator English to French

  • Richelle Brown Redden - EDO, BusinessNOW Lead, Valley Regional Enterprise Network

    35 Webster Street, Kentville

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    The Valley Regional Enterprise Network is the only publicly funded organization dedicated to supporting the local economic development of six municipalities and one First Nation in the Annapolis Valley region. Through the Valley Regional Enterprise Network’s BusinessNOW program Richelle helps businesses assess their needs, plan for success and fight the right resources. As a publicly funded resource, the BusinessNOW services are offered at not cost to local businesses. A combination of experience and passion to see the region grow, bring insight and dedication to her work with the BusinessNOW program.

  • Kathleen Bulger - Kathleen Bulger Holistic Nutritional Consulting

    737 Highway 215 Brooklyn NS B0N 2A0

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    Hi! I’m Kathleen Bulger, a Registered Holistic Nutritional Consultant. In the complex journey of life, I've had the honor of connecting with many amazing women who have shared a common sentiment: they have lost touch with their own vital self-care needs and health goals amidst the chaotic hustle of their careers and busy lives. Since my certification as a Holistic Nutritional Consultant, I have had the pleasure of working with hundreds of clients helping them achieve a balanced state of health taking them from exhausted to energized and engaged. Together, let’s embark on a transformative journey through nutrition, creativity, and self-care, harmonizing your physical, mental, and creative energies. Prioritizing your well-being and creating a sense of balance and health.

  • Frieda Burger - Retired Business Owner

    21 Pine Street, White Rock, NS B4P 2R2, Canada

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  • Heather Chapplain - The Female Entrepreneur Style Society

    909 Stronach Mountain Road, Melvern Square, NS B0P 1R0

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    Heather Chapplain is the Brand Your Style – Style Your Brand Coach and Mentor, and she draws from decades of experience in the fashion and art industries. She's the founder of "Be Camera Ready Now" and is passionate about helping women create their signature style so they can look like movie stars, feel like rock stars and stand out as exceptional in a crowded marketplace. Show up effortlessly and shine brilliantly whether you're taking the stage, leading a conference or summit, or greeting your clients on Zoom – you'll always be confident and Camera Ready.

  • Sharon Cochrane - Kimball Law

    121 Front Street, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada

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    Kimball Law is a province wide law firm with a principal office in Wolfville and satellite offices in Bedford and Coldbrook. Our goal is to assist individuals, families and locally owned and operated businesses with their various legal issues. Kimball Law is a full service law firm. There are two sides to our Firm’s practice. We provide legal services and/or advice on litigation and non-litigation matters. My main areas of practice are family, civil and commercial litigation and residential and commercial real estate transactions.

  • Karen Cooper - Karen Cooper, Administrative Services

    Karen Cooper, Administrative Services offers administration support to local small businesses. I choose to work with small organizations who are providing their goods locally and supporting the economy by using local vendors. I have been the Market Manager for the Avon Community Farmers' Market since it began in 2018 and now also enjoy spending time working with The Station Food Company. When I am not working for the Market or The Station, I can be found with the true purpose of life, my dog!

  • Rachel Cooper - Writer and Editor

    PO Box 55, Canning, NS B0P 1H0

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    I'm a senior writer, editor and instructor whose mission is to help you make your message clear, persuasive and polished. If you take one of my workshops or courses, you'll learn how to communicate with more impact and confidence. My clients include government bodies, academic institutions, businesses, nonprofits and individual authors. Contact me for a free, no-obligation consultation and quote.

  • Lori Cox - Past President, VWBN

      Lori is the former president of Red Dragon Marketing.

    • Stacy de Vries - Valley Real Estate Team

      8999 COMMERCIAL STREET New Minas, NS B4N 3E3

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      Valley Real Estate Team is respected and trusted in the Annapolis Valley, NS. Stacy specializes in sourcing, evaluating and negotiating the best price and terms for her clients. With a background in real estate office management, and marketing & public relations, she utilizes her skills and experience to achieve Key Results! Having bought, sold and renovated several homes and properties over the years, Stacy understands that real estate transactions can be emotional and sometimes stressful. Clients appreciate her professional and personal approach as she guides them through the entire process. Stacy is proud to be a "Valley Girl" who contributes to the community; she was the recipient of the prestigious Royal LePage Shelter Foundation East Coast Individual Award in 2020 and serves on the Board of Directors for Chrysalis House, the local shelter for women and children. Stacy donates a portion of every commission from The Valley Real Estate Team to support violence-prevention programs in the Annapolis Valley. When not working, she enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with friends and family!

    • Carolina Diaz-Goano - Innovative Numerix Inc

      1247 Bluff Road Lockhartville, NS, B0P 1P0

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      Carolina moved to Nova Scotia in 2023. She is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Innovative Numerix, a software developing and consulting company. Innovative Numerix specializes in modelling and simulation of complex multi-physics engineering and scientific problems, optimization and data analytics. Carolina has over 25 years of industrial and academic experience. She holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, a M.Sc. in Computing Sciences and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta. Carolina is a member of APEGA and Engineers Nova Scotia. In Nova Scotia, Carolina wants to continue developing software solutions that help small producers with innovative, scalable, and sustainable applications to optimize processes while reducing environmental impacts. She aspires to help transform businesses from assembly lines to smart factories. She also hopes to give back to the community by teaching and mentoring future engineers.

    • Jocelyne Dumaresq - Bishop & Company Chartered Professional Accountants Inc.

      102 – 24 Harbourside Drive, PO Box 2104, Wolfville, NS B4P 2N5

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      Born and raised in Halifax, Jocelyne Dumaresq CPA, CA, obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree at Dalhousie University and her CA designation in 2003. She joined Bishop & Company in 2011 and works closely with the senior financial teams at companies and not-for-profit organizations to complete their annual audits with efficiency and minimal disruption. She has extensive experience completing Estate and Trust returns, as well as personal, corporate, not-for-profit and charitable information returns. She enjoys her volunteer work with the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) and L’Arche Homefires in Wolfville.

    • Trinda Ernst - Waterbury Newton

      PO Box 98, Kentville, Nova Scotia

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      At Waterbury Newton we aim to provide excellent, efficient, and personable legal services to our clients. We create innovative solutions while upholding old-fashioned values. We strive to practise law with honesty, integrity, initiative, team work and without discrimination.

    • Kelly Grant - Fernleaf Landscape Design

      20 Elm Avenue, Kentville, NS B4N 1Y9

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      Kelly Grant has recently moved to Kentville from Halifax, having worked for 14 years as the landscape designer for Bloom Greenhouse and Garden Centre in Hammonds Plains. She and her husband have embraced their move to the Valley and are thrilled to be welcomed into this beautiful, vibrant community. Fernleaf Landscape Design has been established for Kelly to continue her love of helping people have beautiful, unique landscapes that they are excited to call their own. She offers landscape consultation and design services for Kentville and the Annapolis Valley region.

    • Margot Hansen - business is in development

      PO Box 455, 16 Rand Street, Hantsport, NS B0P 1P0

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      I am returning to the business world with something in development. Basically themed as an office assistant.

    • Sarah Hergett - Hergett Counselling and Consulting

      2255 Greenfield Road Forest Hill, NS B4P 2R1

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      Sarah is a Registered Counselling Therapist and Certified Canadian Counsellor. She has over 20 years of experience in this field and has been in private practice since 2017. With degrees in education, counselling, public administration and management she has worked in a variety of fields such as education, nonprofit, health, and more recently as an entrepreneur.

    • Judy Hilchie - Past President, VWBN

        Coldbrook, NS

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      • Paula Huntley - Huntley Consulting

        52 Grant Street, Kentville, NS B4N 2S4

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        Paula currently lives in Kentville where she owns and operates her business, Huntley Consulting. She is a passionate advocate for volunteerism, networking, and mentorship. Huntley Consulting focuses on helping communities one opportunity at a time. Managing/coaching public events & projects. Connecting groups for endless possibilities while helping them meet their vision needs.

      • Laura Kelland-May - Laura Kelland-May Photography

        48 Academy Street, Kentville, NS B4N 1S6

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        I’m a lifelong horse watcher. Horses have been the centrepiece of my life, having been a horse owner most of my life. Now I continue to study horses and riders, the way they move and the way they communicate with each other. As a photographer, I capture that special bond between horse and rider. As an equestrian, coach, and horse-show judge I bring my unique knowledge of horses, riding and people to every session I undertake. My goal is to capture equestrians to create memories and unique wall art for you to enjoy. You will find that my approach is as unique as you and your horse. There is no “cookie-cutter” option, and my knowledge of horses will get the best from you and your equine partner. I bring my professional, personalized and unique service, providing interesting, poignant and exciting images. As an avid equestrian myself, I built a brand around capturing the story behind the love and bond between a person and their horse.

      • Emily Kennedy - One Star Hiking

        Kentville, Nova Scotia

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        Emily is a climate change adaptation specialist, with a particular interest in environmental justice, education, and business. This passion led to the creation of One Star Hiking, a guided hiking business that combines a love of nature and fitness to help people reconnect with the natural world. Emily also owns resiliFIT Coaching, where she offers personal training and group fitness classes. She hopes to encourage women to find their personal joy in movement, so we can remain active no matter their age or ability!

      • Tara MacDonald - TaraCMacDonald Inc.

        Tara C MacDonald, graduated with her MScKinesiology to further help her clients through online fitness videos and online coaching as well as using Yoga and Reiki to support them. She also holds an MBA, CPCC designation and Primordial Sound Meditation certification through the Chopra Center.

      • Robyn McIsaac - The PR Hive

        15 Oak Island Rd, Avonport, NS B4P2R3

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        Robyn is an award-winning communications strategist. She has designed and implemented successful communications and engagement strategies for a range of clients and is a trusted advisor to both the private and public sector with a focus on results and excellence in client service. Robyn is a die-hard strategist, creative thinker, gifted writer and has an exceptional eye for important detail. In her 24 year career in public relations, Robyn has learned what it takes to listen, engage, and win hearts & minds. Robyn holds a Master of Public Relations, Bachelor of Public Relations and a Bachelor of Arts, all from Mount Saint Vincent University. She has a certificate in executive leadership from Queen’s University and a certificate in managing change from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). She is a member of IABC and the Valley Women’s Business Network. Robyn is from Halifax and lives in the beautiful Annapolis Valley with her family. Robyn McIsaac Partner, The PR Hive 902-440-1551

      • Margaret Melanson, ND - Retired Naturopathic Doctor

        8740 Commercial St, New Minas, Nova Scotia

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      • Amanda Merrin - Premiere Mortgage Centre Inc.

        8999 Commercial St., New Minas, Nova Scotia

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        In my 40s and loving life! I have over 13 years in the financial industry and am an Associate Mortgage Broker (lic# 3000615) with Premiere Mortgage Centre Inc. here in the Valley. With my unwavering determination to make a difference, I spend much of my time building relationships and coaching others towards their business, financial, and home ownership goals.

      • Eleni Mieto -

        Wolfville, Nova Scotia

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        Eleni is working on launching her bookkeeping business this year, while pursuing her CPA

      • Tara Mummery - Tara's Voyages

        1824 Sunken Lake Rd Sunken Lake NS B4P2R2

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        I am a Travel Advisor who has traveled the world and specializes in custom itinerary vacations catered to meet the desires of my clients. I also sell All Inclusive and Cruise packages.

      • Jaimie Murphy - Palmer Capital & Management Ltd.

        537 Highway 14, Upper Vaughan, NS

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        Jaimie Murphy is office manager and director of sales and marketing at Palmer Capital & Management Ltd. Palmer offers web development, logo design, management services, and safety supplies and equipment, as well as engineering and architectural services for barns, custom homes, and more. Jaimie ran her own business, Murphy Designs, for several years, helping clients create websites and printed media such as business cards and brochures. She also managed clients' social media marketing. Jaimie is a Past President of VWBN.

      • Pam Murray - Invisible Fence Brand Nova Scotia

        33 Main Street, Hantsport, NS B0P 1P0

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        If you love your pets and want to keep them safe, you’ve come to the right place. We’re dog and cat lovers who happen to be Invisible Fence Brand dealers in Nova Scotia, Canada, Freedom and Convenience for You & Your Pet Recommended by vets and installed by professionals, our customizable solutions will keep your pet happy and out of harm’s way in your home and yard. Pam is also a Past President of VWBN.

      • Jennifer Nicholls - CBDC Hants-Kings

        CBDC Hants-Kings, PO Box 2788, Windsor, NS B0N 2T0

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        CBDC Hants-Kings contributes to vibrant and prosperous communities by providing business counselling, management training and flexible financing for small businesses. We assist in the creation of small businesses, and in the expansion and modernization of existing businesses by providing financial and technical services to entrepreneurs. As the Communications Coordinator, Jennifer works to communicate our services to existing and potential clients, and to connect CBDC Hants-Kings to the communities we serve. Jennifer has a passion for building community, and experience in consulting, project management, and small business administration. The best part of Jennifer’s job is sharing our client’s business stories and successes.

      • Chrystal Penney - Hergett Law Inc.

        390 Main Street, Unit C, Wolfville, NS B4P 1C9

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        Chrystal Penney is a lawyer with Hergett Law Inc., located in the heart of Wolfville. Her preferred areas of practice include Property, Wills and Estate Planning, and Estate Law.

      • Emily Pilon - Hiring Strategies

        14 William St., Hantsport, Nova Scotia B0P 1P0

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        Hiring Strategies is the alternative to a traditional recruiting firm. Owner and Senior Hiring Consultant Emily Pilon began her recruiting career in 2013 with project-based IT hiring in Victoria, BC. Over the past decade, she has switched her focus from head hunting to supporting businesses through the growth of their teams and company culture in almost every industry imaginable. Hiring Strategies supports business growth through training, organizational development and of course hiring great people. Born and raised in Kentville, Emily was motivated, through Hiring Strategies, to help small businesses in Nova Scotia grow to their full potential and make hiring and employment development fun!

      • Ceri Pothier - The Ritcey Team, Scotia Wealth Management

        1 Webster Street, Kentville , Nova Scotia

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        After completing her BA from Saint Mary’s University, Ceri began her 15-year career in the financial services industry. Over this time, she has held increasingly senior positions within the financial services sector, and has built a strong foundation, depth of knowledge, and experience, from which to draw on to serve her clients. Ceri has a passion for helping clients through a plan-based approach to investment management, and through collaboration with other members of her team, to deliver total wealth solutions. By harnessing the collective expertise of a team that includes portfolio managers, planners, estate and trust specialists, customized lending, and banking professionals, as well as insurance and tax consultants, Ceri has the means to craft a tailored financial plan for every individual client. These customized plans are meticulously constructed to help clients achieve their aspirations, whether they be for retirement, cash flow, business transition, legacy, or philanthropic endeavors. This is our total wealth approach. Ceri is a dedicated volunteer in her community, and over the years has had the privilege of contributing her time and effort to various organizations including 4H, Enactus, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, Dress for Success, Feed Nova Scotia, and the Windsor Day Care Centre. She has raised funds to support programming, chaired committees, and served as a trusted board member. Beyond her professional activities, Ceri’s passion is her family. Her husband Jamie, and their delightful young daughter Isla live in Falmouth and enjoy many outdoor activities together. Some of their family favorites include skiing and skating in the winter months and spending the warmer months hiking and navigating the waters of Mahone Bay

      • Graciella Quinones - Gemspell Jewellery

        255 Fox Hill Ave., Kentville, NS B4N 5B1

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        My name is Gracie QD and I’m the owner, designer and maker at Gemspell Jewellery. I was born and raised in Havana, Cuba, and made Canada my new home many years ago. Gemspell was born out of my desire to have a creative outlet. We offer modern yet timeless jewellery carefully handcrafted with sterling silver and gemstones. Our jewellery is inspired in the beauty of stones and the natural energy that surrounds us. From everyday studs to big statement pieces, you’ll always find something that speaks to you; just the kind of jewellery you want to wear every day or for that special occasion. Handcrafted in Kentville, NS.

      • Vanessa Raven-Vipond - Sea Salt Design

        954 Julie Drive Kingston, Nova Scotia, B0P 1R0

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        Originally from Toronto Ontario, Vanessa has lived across Canada from Prince Edward Island to Vancouver Island and everywhere in between. She studied Visual Communications at Holland College, Charlottetown, then moved to Halifax in 1996. There, she worked for Industry Canada, then the print industry and contributed to local businesses and publications as a freelance Illustrator and Graphic Designer. Fast forward to 1998, Vanessa had studied briefly at NSCAD, when she met a sailor and adventure called her West to Vancouver Island. There, Vanessa spent 8 years as a Graphic Designer for the Tourist Souvenir Giftware Market. As a result, many of her illustrations and designs are still available on T-shirts and goods at many of Canada's largest attractions including, Whistler, Jasper, Banff, Marineland and more. After taking a number of years off to raise her son and act as a caregiver for other family members, Vanessa returned to finish her education, this time in Interactive Media at North Island College, a campus of Emily Carr University, Vancouver. After school, she founded Sea Salt Design in 2013 in Comox, Vancouver Island. She has served many businesses with brand development, web and print design all over North America and around the world. In 2019, Vanessa and her family ( the Sailor, now her husband and in the Air Force ) and her now teenage son, returned to Nova Scotia. Sea Salt Design has been officially serving Nova Scotia again since June 2020.

      • Shannon Reynolds - Registered Acupuncturist

        261 Fox Hill Ave., Kentville, NS B4N 5A7

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        Traditional Chinese Medicine came into my life over 20 years ago and is now an integrated part of my lifestyle. I have spent countless hours learning, studying and safely practising the modalities of acupuncture in North America and Southeast Asia. In 2006, I completed one year of full-time formal studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Calgary College of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 2010, I graduated from the Canadian College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. Since then, I have continued to implement and expand my education and skills. I am committed to using these ancient principles and techniques to provide safe and nurturing treatments to people of all ages, genders and races. I believe a return to holistic practices provides an appropriate and strong bedrock from which to navigate the traumas our bodies and spirits face in our life journeys. In my personal life, I enjoy exploring and photographing the changing elements of Mother Nature in all seasons with my husband and two young sons. I grow food and medicine in my home garden to share with my family, friends and community.

      • Colleen Ritchie - Centre for Women in Business

        RBC Centre for Women in Business, Mount Saint Vincent University, Suite 411, Margaret Norrie McCain Centre, 166 Bedford Highway, Halifax, NS B3M 2J6

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        We’re the only university business resource centre in Canada dedicated to helping women knock down barriers and succeed as entrepreneurs. Since 1992, we’ve worked with more than 13,000 women entrepreneurs and business leaders throughout the Atlantic region. We’ve helped our clients launch new business ideas, propel established companies to new levels of success, and thrive as owners, CEOs and industry leaders. We understand entrepreneurs at every level. In fact, our team is made up of entrepreneurs and business experts who, like our clients, wear many different hats and juggle a multitude of responsibilities. We get it and we know how to support women as they build their businesses. 2022 marks our 30th anniversary.

      • Carol Robar - Young Drivers of Canada

        New Minas, Middleton, Windsor, Bridgewater, Truro and Amherst, NS

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        Young Drivers of Canada has been teaching both novice and experienced drivers to drive defensively for 50 years. We have been growing the Valley franchise, including Middleton and Windsor, since 2003 and have expanded to include franchises in Bridgewater, Truro, and Amherst. Young Drivers offers the full program (25 hours of classroom theory and 10 hours of one-on-one in-car practical training), individual lessons, road test preparation, driving assessments (medical and fleet), and the 6-hour Defensive Driving course required for provincial Graduated Licensing and Driver Improvement.

      • Bonnie Ross - Ross Graphic

        39 Dalhousie Avenue, Kentville, NS B4N 5E5

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        Bonnie Ross, CGD, is a Certified Graphic Designer with 20+ years of experience. She is an accredited member of Graphic Designers of Canada and has designed numerous coins for the Royal Canadian Mint and has illustrated several stamps for Canada Post. Bonnie designs logos, brochures, advertisements and posters, creating visual solutions to effectively communicate your message through printed material and online venues. Visit rossgraphic.com to see a selection of Bonnie’s work.

      • Michelle Ruggles - 30 Minute Hit Annapolis Valley

        1562 Newcombe Blvd., Coldbrook, Nova Scotia B4R 1A1

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        30 Minute Hit Annapolis Valley is a 30-minute kickboxing circuit for women only. It's a full body workout which includes some boxing, kickboxing, core and self defense. A safe workout space from girls ages 13 up, no experience necessary, and there is a trainer on the floor to help with technique and motivation. Memberships are unlimited, there is a free kids' area, and with no set class times, you don't have to miss your workouts. The benefits are so much more than just physical – there are mental health benefits, feeling empowered, stronger and supported in a non-judgmental welcoming environment. Women can book a free trial so they can see what we are all about.

      • Catherine Savage - Past President, VWBN

          Kentville, NS, Canada

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          Cate Savage is Senior Commercial Account Manager for South West Nova Scotia at RBC. She is also a Councillor with the Town of Kentville.

        • Jordan Smytaniuk - Bishop & Company Chartered Professional Accountants Inc.

          102–24 Harbourside Drive, PO Box 2104, Wolfville, NS B4P 2N5

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          Jordan Smytaniuk has recently passed her Common Final Examination (CFE) and is working towards obtaining her Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. She works with Bishop & Company and enjoys creating relationships with their clients. She grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, and now resides in Windsor, NS.

        • Katrin Sommerfeld - Acadia University

          18 Univesity Ave Research & Graduate Studies, Office of Industry & Community Engagement

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          Katrin Sommerfeld returned to Acadia’s Office of Industry & Community Engagement (ICE) as the Manager, Industry & Community Partnerships in Spring 2020. Originally from Germany, Katrin came to Nova Scotia in 1998 with a Master’s in Chemistry and brings with her over 20 years of experience in project and program development and management, laboratory research and management, financial management, and communications. At ICE she is responsible for connecting Acadia’s expertise with industry, government, and community groups, identifying and supporting project development, research funding applications, considerations for intellectual property protection, and agreements drafting and execution.

        • Melissa Thatcher - Scrubbed Green Cleaning

          Kentville, NS

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          Hi, my name is Melissa Thatcher. I own and operate Scrubbed Green Cleaning out of Kentville. My team and I service anywhere in Kings and West Hants Counties. We are fully insured, trustworthy, friendly and thorough. I have always had a love for the environment, as well as concern for how we were treating it, going back to learning about global warming in elementary school. So when I started this business a couple of years ago, I wanted to do it as sustainably as possible. My equipment and techniques have evolved in that time, and I have now gotten to a place that I can be fairly proud of. We dispose of very few items, we refill and wash most things, and we use mild and even some unscented products. If you are like me and wish to lessen your (cleaning) impact on the environment and your own health (as most cleaning chemicals are toxic to humans), give me a call!

        • Belinda Tupper -

          5750 Hwy 358, Scots Bay, NS B0P 1H0

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          Belinda grew up in the beautiful Annapolis Valley and currently resides in Scots Bay with her husband and dog in one of the original settler homes built there in the early 1800s. Her own roots run generations deep in Scots Bay, and she has a strong sense of connection to this seaside community. Belinda’s 40-year career began in working with non-profit organizations coordinating housing project developments in southwestern NS. She went on to manage an MP’s office before working for federal and provincial governments for 20 years. Since retiring in 2020, Belinda has volunteered and mentored others in the community, worked part-time as Regional Coordinator for Community Links supporting “aging well together” initiatives, and now begun work as a freelance writer to help non-profit organizations improve consistency within their policies and standards of practice. As a VWBN member, Belinda hopes to inspire others to see the value in telling their stories. Sharing her story has led Belinda to realize that her long career means she has “many tools in her basket” that she is willing to share with others to help them grow and prosper. She believes that when we can get to the place where we can truly share our stories and own them, we become stronger and more resilient members of our community.

        • Tia Upshaw - Canadian Blk Women in Excellence Society

          202 Ridge Valley Road Halifax, NS B3P 2K3

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          Tia Upshaw is a remarkable individual who embodies the qualities of a dedicated mother, accomplished author, and serial entrepreneur. With a deep passion for empowering women and fostering business excellence, Tia has made a significant impact in her community and beyond. As a mother of three, Tia understands the importance of balancing family responsibilities while pursuing her ambitious goals. She draws inspiration from her children and uses their experiences as a driving force to create positive change in the world. Tia's talents extend beyond her role as a mother. She is a author, captivating readers with her insightful and thought-provoking works. Her writings provide a fresh perspective, empowering individuals to overcome obstacles and achieve their full potential. In addition to her literary success, Tia has established herself as a serial entrepreneur. Her relentless drive and innovative mindset have resulted in the creation of multiple successful businesses. Through her ventures, she has created numerous employment opportunities and contributed to the economic growth of her community. Recognized for her outstanding leadership and business acumen, Tia has been nominated for the prestigious Business Leader of the Year award by the Halifax Chamber of Commerce in both 2022 and 2023. Furthermore, she has been honored as a nominee for the RBC Woman of Influence award in 2021, 2022, and 2023, showcasing her profound impact on the business landscape.

        • Stacey Vries - Keller Williams Select Realty

          460 Buchanan Road, Rockland (South Berwick), NS

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          Hailing originally from Ontario, Stacey and her family have chosen Nova Scotia as the best place to raise their family, and are happy to call it home now. Stacey and her husband, Rick, have four teenage children, Ella, Max, Zoe & Lexie, and let's not forget the newest, smallest, and definitely loudest member, Monty the Blue Heeler pup. First a graphic designer and then a preschool teacher and owner of Happy Little Gnome Preschool, Stacey changed things all up when her family moved to the East Coast. She took a chance on a real estate career and ended up falling in love! On top of Stacey's love for her pup and kids, she also loves to crochet (hats especially), watch movies, and her biggest love ... the ocean. She could sit and watch it for hours. No wonder she moved to Nova Scotia. Stacey covers the entire Annapolis Valley (and sometimes further!).

        • Bryanna Zwicker - Invisible Fence Brand of Nova Scotia

          33 Main St., Box 398 Hantsport, NS B0P 1P0

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          Bryanna graduated from NSCC from their Business Administration Program with a focus in Marketing in 2018. Since then she has worked at Invisible Fence Brand Nova Scotia as their Sales and Marketing Manager. Canadian born, but American raised, Bryanna has spent the last 10 years calling Nova Scotia home. With a passion for small business growth and grass root marketing, Bryanna loves engaging with other business' professionals.

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