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Jeanne Stapleton President/Avalon Director
Jeanne Stapleton
Phone: 709.754.3242
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Jeanne Stapleton is an independent Financial Advisor with East Coast Insurance Brokers (ECIB), based in St. John's. ECIB provide life, health, and disability insurance as well as investment services to clients throughout the province. Jeanne's specialty is taking a holistic view of her client's personal finances and providing them with an achievable plan to obtain financial stability and security.

With a MBA in Finance and Marketing, along with a decade of working with small business entrepreneurs locally and internationally, both as an employee and entrepreneur herself, Jeanne is well positioned to assist any client. In addition to her MBA, she holds a Life, Accident & Sickness Insurance License, Canadian Investment Fund Certificate, Mortgage Professional Certificate, and is currently working through the internationally recognized Certified Financial Planner program.

Jeanne recently served three years as Chair of the School Council for Holy Trinity Elementary in Torbay, and is currently a member of the After Hours Rotary Club. Previously, Jeanne has volunteered as a English as a Second Language instructor with the Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association and the YMCA in Halifax, and served as a Director of BioNOVA, the life sciences industry association in Nova Scotia, for several years.


Vice-President/At-Large
Sarah Lynn Russell
Phone: 709.759.3014
 Saraj Lynn Russell Email  Distinctive Interiors Website  Distinctive Interiors Facebook Page  Distinctive Interiors Twitter Account  Sarah Lynn Russell Linkedin Account


Sarah Lynn Russell in the owner and operator of Distinctive Interiors Ltd., based in Blaketown. Distinctive Interiors Ltd. is a manufacturer and retailer of wood products, including mouldings, cabinets, flooring, interior doors, and stairs. Their team has the knowledge and experience to make any renovation or new build project a breeze.

Sarah Lynn graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Engineering in 2007. As a business owner, she was selected as a finalist for the 2013 BDC Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.


Bernice Walker
Central Region
Bernice Walker
Phone: 709.489.7825
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Bernice Walker is the President and CEO of Corona College, based in Grand Falls-Windsor. Corona College, a training institute located in central Newfoundland, specializes in literacy and workplace essential skills training to meet the growing needs of the people and businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Bernice's commitment to Newfoundland and Labrador is reflected in the local and provincial leadership roles she has undertaken. In addition to holding the position of Director, Central Region on NLOWE's Board of Directors for the past three years, Bernice is also a council member of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Rural Secretariat, Director of the Exploits Valley Economic Development Corporation (2010-Present), and Director with the Gander Airport Authority. She is also a past President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Career Colleges (2007-2011) and a past President of the Exploits Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Bernice was awarded the Personal Excellence Award by the Exploits Regional Chamber of Commerce and the WEConnect Canada's inaugural Winning Business Award for the Eastern Region in 2014. Bernice also received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and was awarded the NLOWE Central Region Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007.


Eastern Region 
Luanne Dominix
Phone: 709.786.2400 
 Shannon Doyle Email  Heart and Sole Website  Heart and Sole Facebook Page  Heart and Sole Twitter Account  Shannon Doyle Linkedin Account


Luanne Dominix is the assistant director of Canadian Training   Institute, located in Bay Roberts. Canadian Training Institute is a certified training college that provides residents of Newfoundland and Labrador necessary training to enter the commercial driver and heavy equipment fields since 1993. They also offer safety seminars to the public including Power Line Hazards, Traffic Control Person, Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Trenching, Air Brakes, and WHMIS.

Luanne graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies (Architecture) in 2013 and received her Master of Business Administration from Memorial University in 2017. She has been volunteering with Junior Achievement since 2016 and has won several awards throughout her academic career, including Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies in 2017 and the Dr. Robert W. Scholarship for Social Responsibility in 2017.

Renee Bussey
At-Large
Renee Bussey
CGA
Phone: 709.747.3615
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Renee Bussey is the Principal at Bussey Porter Hétu, Certified General Accountants, based in St. John's. Her firm offers accounting, auditing and tax services, management consulting, and system design and implementation. Renee has over 20 years experience in public practice, having attained her CGA designation in 1999 and PALB licence in 2005. She was nominated for the entrepreneur of the year awards with RBC for 2015/2016.

Renee has served as Director on the Board for NLOWE for many years, and has served as treasurer with the Mount Pearl Paradise Chamber of Commerce (2015-2016), as a Governor on the CGA NL Board as Chair of the Public Practice and Taxation and Profession Rights Committee (2007-2009), and as Chair of Audit Committee (2008-2009) of the Certified General Accountants. She is currently the treasurer for Memorial University Campus Food Bank and was an expert advisor for the Newfoundland and Labrador Angel Network in 2008-2009.



Labrador Region 
Shelley Hodge
Phone: 709.280.1993
 Shannon Doyle Email Heart and Sole Website Heart and Sole Facebook Page    


For over 10 years Shelley Hodge Interiors Inc. have been offering professional design services including Wedding Planning, Event Design and Interior Design to clients from Labrador, Newfoundland and Atlantic Canada.

Shelley completed her diploma of Interior Design from Sheridan College and started her company in 2004, offering Interior Design Services as a home based business. The business quickly grew into a brick and mortar home decor and giftware store in 2009. Shortly after the company began to offer wedding and event design under the umbrella of Inspired Events, which has become the main focus of Shelley Hodge Interiors Inc today! Some of Shelley's achievements include: Certified wedding planning with Wedding Planners Institute of Canada, accredited event designer with IWed Global, 2017 finalist for Wedding Floral Designer of the Year and WPIC Wedding Awards. 

At-Large
Wendy Taylor
Phone: 709.687.0988
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Wendy Taylor is an Outreach Officer for Public Services and Procurement Canada. She is a part of the Atlantic Region team which assists private sector suppliers in taking advantage of government procurement opportunities and promotes the Build in Canada Innovation Program. This program buys and tests innovative products in government departments.

Wendy graduated from Memorial University with a diploma of Business Administration and completed the public sector leadership and management development program. In addition, Wendy has been recognized for 35 years of service from the Government of Canada and has also won the National Managers' Community NL Region Managers Award.


At-Large 
Denise Goodyear
Phone: 709.770.4299 
 Shannon Doyle Email  Heart and Sole Website  Heart and Sole Facebook Page  Heart and Sole Twitter Account  Shannon Doyle Linkedin Account


Denise is the Development Partner at Dc Design House Inc., an award-winning full-service marketing agency in St. John’s, NL. Dc Design House is home to a creative, talented team comprised of subject-matter experts who specialize in knowledge-based services to help their clients Brand Better. It is a community-driven organization that represents many local

businesses, organizations, and entrepreneurs to create a thriving and resilient St. John’s for all.


Denise graduated from College of the North Atlantic with a diploma in Business Marketing Management and later received certification in website, social media and e-marketing from Memorial University. Denise has received many awards such as The Best of Steele Communications Award and Steele Communications President’s Silver Award in 2008; CHBA-NL Non-Builder Member of the Year Award and Steele Communications Special Achievement Award in 2010; 
Newfoundland Key Program Regional Excellence Award, Steele Communications Copy and Production: Ms. Congeniality Award and Steele Communications President’s Gold received in 2011.


Western Region 
Margaret Budgell
Phone: 709.632.8922
 Shannon Doyle Email  Heart and Sole Website  Heart and Sole Facebook Page  Heart and Sole Twitter Account  

Margaret epitomizes integrity, energy, hard work, and creative service in every detail of a real estate transaction. All of this combined with a long record of providing successful and premium quality customer service, she has built a solid foundation of clients. Margaret understands what it is like to stand in her client’s shoes. Relocating several times – buying and selling houses of her own – has provided Margaret with sensitivity towards her clients’ journey, which can be attributed to the first-hand perspective she gained through her own personal experiences.  

Previous to starting River Mountain Realty, Margaret was involved with selling real estate to the international marketplace. She has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience by representing and working with investors, lifestyle purchasers, agents, and developers worldwide. Born and raised in Pasadena, Margaret enjoys the lifestyle of living and working in her home town – the beautiful seasons offer an abundance of unique activities and events that are very fulfilling.

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