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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.
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.
Sharon Dominey Executive Member/At Large
Sharon Dominey
Phone: 709.884.1840

Sharon Dominey Email Smart Learning and Development Solutions Website

Sharon Dominey is the President and owner of of Smart Learning & Development Solutions. Based just outside Twillingate in central Newfoundland, Smart Learning & Development Solutions specializes in training to improve workplace performance and productivity. Solutions target key areas including increasing employee engagement and retention, building strong teams, improving communication and personal effectiveness, leadership development and change management. Sharon is a seasoned Learning and Development Professional with 19 years experience in leading and facilitating learning. She has worked with organizations of all sizes to maximize individual and team potential and has led the development and delivery of learning solutions benefiting thousands of participants.
Bernice Walker
Central Region
Bernice Walker
Phone: 709.489.7825
 Bernice Walker Email  Corona College Website  Corona College Facebook Page  Corona College Twitter Account  Bernice Walker Linkedin Account

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.
Renee Bussey
Renee Bussey
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.
Shannon Doyle At Large
Shannon Doyle
Phone: 709.595.3330

 Shannon Doyle Email  Heart and Sole Website  Heart and Sole Facebook Page  Heart and Sole Twitter Account  Shannon Doyle Linkedin Account

Shannon Doyle is the President of Heart and Sole Enterprises Inc., based in Carbonear. Shannon graduated from Memorial University's Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) program in 20019. In 2012, Shannon started Heart and Sole, a 450 square foot retail location in the TC Square Mall, in 3 short months she moved to a 1900 sq foot location. Today, just 3 1/2 years later at the age of 30, Shannon now operates two locations, Carbonear (1900 sq ft) and Bay Roberts (3000 sq ft) as well as an eCommerce website. In 2014 she launched X-Tream Apparel and Promotions, a full service embroidery, screen printing promotional company serving the general public, teams, schools and large corporations. Heart and Sole Enterprises Inc. is WEConnect International certified.

Shannon has won Store of the Year 2013 and Manger of the Year 2014 from the TC Square Mall; she has also been nominated for one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada 2015, Youth Entrepreneur of the Year and Start Up Award from NLOWE.

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