Julie is a fierce feminist, full stop. A mom, wife, and sister, Julie loves family and has been privileged to have a great one! Having a supportive family has led to: spending the first 15 years of her professional life working at with NGO’s with marginalized groups, particularly people living with substance use disorders and mental illnesses. She was also heavily involved in the community with women’s organizations and continues to be engaged in the fight for equity. Julie holds a Master of Education from StFx and teaches at the NSCC in Truro. In her “spare” time, she plants vegetables with her daughter and curses the deer.
Hema Chopra works as a senior diversity programming specialist with the provincial government and is a fitness instructor at the RECC, owns a mixed format fitness business and is an independent senior rep with ZYIA, an activewear & athleisurewear company. She draws great joy from connecting, helping and serving her family, friends and community through her various volunteer and work gigs.
Hema supports the learning and movement of folks who share in similar life experiences and challenges that she has faced. She believes deeply in equity and inclusion and was recently recognized with the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal for her work in this area.
Nancy Regan is a professional communicator whose dynamic career includes tv and podcast hosting, emceeing, and presentation coaching. She has a passion for storytelling which she brings to every interaction and conversation – whether she's assisting a business leader in sharing their vision, or helping an individual preserve their life story for future generations.
Nancy built her reputation as the highly rated host of CTV Atlantic's Live at Five for fifteen years. She also served as the national host of CTV's Good Morning Canada and That News Show on TVtropolis, and has interviewed some of the most famous people on the planet – including Oprah, Madonna, Russell Crowe, and Harrison Ford. Nancy is also an actor, having appeared on stage at Halifax's Neptune Theatre, and in TV and film productions such as Haven, Trailer Park Boys, and Reversible Errors.
Josée Cormier and Alicia Stafford are the women behind Your Way Weight Loss. Together, they help women heal their relationship with food and lose weight without meal plans or counting calories. They are the hosts of the Let's Get Loud Podcast and stars of the documentary - Would You Eat a Donut a Day? @yourwayweightloss
Sehmat Suri, known to many as Semi, is a digital media strategist, model, content creator, actor, and tv host who made Halifax her home in 2014 when she moved from India to do her undergrad degree at Saint Mary's University. Through her journey so far, she's learnt she's passionate about storytelling, sharing, and bringing people together, especially in people of colour. That led her to creating The POCketbook, where she organizes meetups for BIPOC creatives and artists to lean on each other and build their own niche in the Halifax community.
You can find Semi at @itssemiprecious and @pocketbookevents on Instagram.
Esther is the Coordinator of the North Shore Local Immigration Partnership (LIP), working with stakeholders to foster more welcoming and inclusive communities that improve settlement and integration outcomes for newcomers. She was an Immigrant Settlement Staff with YREACH for 6+ years before that. Being an immigrant herself she understands the challenges and needs that immigrants face when moving to Canada, rural NS specifically, and is passionate about removing barriers for people to have a better quality of life.
Esther serves on the board of the Rotary Club of Truro, is part of the Truro Colchester Welcome Network, and Creative Voices. She's tolerated by her fabulous and talented musician of a wife, her quirky and big-hearted 9-year-old daughter, and 4 fur babies.
Thanks to the Truro Colchester Partnership for Economic Prosperity for letting us record in their boardroom.
Oh, and it's FEEL SO GOOD by Mase;)
Fallon Farinacci is Red River Métis and a child survivor, advocate and speaker for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+. Fallon testified in the National Inquiry for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, sharing her story of loss and trauma. Later Fallon joined The National Family Advisory Circle, where she worked closely with other MMIWG2SLGBTQQIA+ family members and the Commissioners for the National Inquiry. Fallon continues to share her family’s story in hopes of bringing change & awareness across Turtle Island.
To find more information about Fallon's Go Fund Me page – In memory of her parents and her older brother to raise awareness about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people while Celebrating the Resilience of Indigenous Peoples, please visit www.gofundme.com/f/Celebrate-Indigenous-Resilience. 100% of the funds raised from this fundraiser will go towards supporting Indigenous women.
Sue Stanfield is a classic serial entrepreneur. Since founding Take It Outside, an elevated lifestyle apparel company in 2012, she has purchased the local competition, expanded from one store to six, and founded a technology software company called Checkmate Experience. Sue is passionate about adventure, nature, and growth and believes that getting outside is a gift to the mind, body, and soul. She currently lives in Nova Scotia with her husband, two children, and two puppies. When she is not elevating life’s adventures through authentic experiences or helping customers find items they love, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and travel.
www.takeitoutside.ca || https://www.trailshop.com/
Sara Kelly is a Heart-Based Business Mentor specializing in Intentional Business Planning, Feel-Good Marketing and helping her clients cultivate Self-Awareness so they can align their business with their best life.
As a multi-passionate entrepreneur of 14 years, a mom of two boys, a certified Mindfulness Meditation and Breathwork Facilitator and soon-to-be certified Neuro-Mindfulness Coach; Sara is passionate about using her extensive knowledge and experience to help other busy business owners find balance and build heart-based businesses that not only look good on the outside, but FEEL GOOD on the inside.
You can connect with Sara online @sarakelly.ca when she’s not hanging out with her family or nose-deep in a book!
Ruvi Mugara is a self proclaimed momfluencer who stumbled into motherhood and then was blessed to have a son on the spectrum. She is always trying to show that being a mom can be hard but also fun if you find time for yourself.