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Jill Girard

Nova Scotia Community Ambassador

I am from Nova Scotia and have been living in Calgary for the past 3 years with my husband, son, daughter and 2 fur babies. I am a stay at home mom who runs a small local crafting business which nurtures my creative side in a way that my previous work in the corporate world didn’t. Gems for Gems is such an exciting opportunity for me to give back to the community, set an example for my children and be a part of an amazing organization focused on empowering and encouraging women to be the best and brightest version of themselves. I am thrilled and honoured to be on the team and can’t wait to see what amazing things will unfold on this journey with such a talented group of women.

Alicia Dobranowski

Nova Scotia Team Lead Ambassador

We have a Nova Scotian Gem joining our ranks! I’d like to welcome Alicia Dobranowski! She is ready to lead the charge for the Christmas Jewelry Drive 2017 in Nova Scotia!

Alicia was born in Ontario and has lived in Halifax; Nova Scotia for the past 13 years. She is currently working as a Recreation Therapist in Mental Health and Addictions.

“I feel honoured to be a ‘long distance’ Gem and so lucky to always have had strong support network of wonderful women around me. It’s so wonderful to be a part of an amazing team of women focused on supporting and building women up. We all need a hand to reach our potential and I’m so happy to be a part of that for others through Gems for Gems!”

Angela Stewart

Nova Scotia Community Ambassador

Angela Stewart is a born and raised Nova Scotian. She is a Junior High math and healthy living teacher who has played a role in the academic, social and emotional development of teens for over 12 years.

“I am thrilled to become a part of such an amazing organization.  I currently run a program at my school that encourages young women to follow their dreams, to be confident, and to learn from talented women who live and work in their communities.  When my participants move onto high school feeling empowered, and motivated- I cannot describe the feeling.  I am passionate about being part of an authentic network where women lift each other up and support one another so that each of us is able to realize our goals, our worthiness, and our strength.”

Edith Riley

Nova Scotia Community Ambassador

Welcome Edith Riley! Long friend of our family! I love your passion to give back and so very much appreciate your desire to work with #gemsforgems in Nova Scotia! Alicia Marie Courtney Trowse Britt Mastroianni your ranks are growing and I’m so excited to see what the NS team will be able to accomplish this Christmas through the jewelry drive!

Edith lives in the Annapolis Valley (Nova Scotia) with her husband where they have raised three boys. She has been part of many community organizations through the activities with her children. She works at the Nova Scotia Community College as an academic support to both students and faculty and also as a part time teacher. Edith’s passion lies in helping everyone and giving back to her community every chance she can.

Edith is very excited and honored to be part of Gems for Gems. “What this group of amazing women have already done for the deserving ladies of Calgary is absolutely awesome – I cannot wait to be part of this group to see what future projects are ahead.”

Courtney Trowse

Nova Scotia Community Ambassador

“I truly believe women are strong because of our hearts, how deeply we can love, how that love can allow us to create life and do the impossible. Jordan and the other Gems are walking embodiments of the strength of love. When we feel a sense of Sisterhood we are able to step into that strength with more grace and confidence than when we feel we are standing alone. Our love grows deeper when we allow ourselves to praise each other, to lift each other and love each other and receive those gifts in turn. Gems for Gems is a beautiful example of Sisterhood in action and I am so honoured to be welcomed as a Gem.”