Rachel Bedingfield is the Director of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Kentville. Rachel was named to the Canadian Association of the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) list of the top 25 most influential women in Canada in the field of Sport and Physical Activity. As well as being Chair of WomenActive-NS, Rachel serves as a board member with Recreation-NS. Throughout her career, Rachel has been a passionate advocate for underrepresented populations, with a specific focus on equity and fairness as it relates to women and girls and their participation in sport, physical activity, and recreation.
Susan Atie, RBC Mortgage Specialist, has 18 years of broad knowledge from the financial industry. She also has great experience in Human resource management, dealing with people, customer service and business dealings. Susan Atie, alumni of Saint Mary’s University (2002), majored in business entrepreneurship. She has worked with Center for Women in Business, Dress for Success, Junior Achievement, IWK foundation, JDRF and more. She loves to assist in educating people about business and the financial industry, and in the recent years started doing presentations in many community schools to educate kids from Grade primary to Grade 9, about financial wellness.
Janice is an Academic All Canadian, Varsity Rugby Athlete completing her second Undergraduate degree at Acadia in Community Development. Janice captained this team to their first AUS title in 2015. Her first degree is in Marketing Management from the University of Lethbridge. At the U of L, Janice was a member of the Pronghorn rugby team that won three consecutive CIS national championships in 2007, 2008 and 2009. That team has since been inducted into the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. Janice has coached at the community, high school, University and provincial level.
Victoria Harwood, a varsity athlete, graduated with a BA degree from Acadia University as a Dean’s List Scholar and winner of the Hugh A Nobel Award. She received her MBA from Dalhousie University and has a career with the Scotia Wealth group of companies. She served on Acadia’s Board of Governors, chaired the first Women in Sport Gala and has established an excellence award for women student athletes at Acadia. Victoria coached junior and senior high girl’s volleyball teams to regional and provincial championships.
Vicki has been the Recreation and Physical Activity Coordinator for the Municipality of the County of Cumberland for the past nine years. Her background is rich with teaching experiences where she has spent many years as a downhill ski instructor, a swim instructor, a lifeguard, and as a camp counsellor. Her experience with at-risk youth, along with her work in the recreation field and being a mom, has all helped to develop a strong interest in getting girls more physically active.
Dr. Ramona Lumpkin joined Mount Saint Vincent University as President and Vice-Chancellor in 2010. She holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Kentucky and is a former Fulbright Scholar to England. Throughout her career, Dr. Lumpkin has been engaged in advocacy on behalf of women’s issues, in promoting the role of women in higher education, and in enhancing access to education for adult and Aboriginal learners. Dr. Lumpkin was recently appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of her leadership in post-secondary education and her promotion of community-based learning initiatives.
Anna (Pendergast) Stammberger, Head Coach of the Dalhousie University Women’s Basketball team, is in her 8th season with the Tigers and was honored with AUS Coach of the Year award in 2014-15. Originally from Kensington PEI, she is a familiar face at Dalhousie University and in Nova Scotia. Arriving in 1978, Anna spent 5 years as a varsity athlete, 2 summers competing for Basketball Nova Scotia Provincial teams at National Championships and 2 years as assistant coach. Anna completed her Bachelor of Physical Education in 1983 and from 1980-1992 was a member of Canada’s National Women’s Team. From 1985-2003 Anna competed in Germany’s 1st Division and after 8 years as head coach of Athletic Club BG Rentrop Bonn, returned to PEI to take on the roles of athletic director, teacher and coach at Kensington Intermediate Senior High School.
After 28 years with the Government of Nova Scotia, Heather retired in 2015 as Coordinator of Disparity Reduction and Special Populations with the former Active Living Branch, Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness. Her first career, in elementary and junior high school physical education, was followed by working as Director of Life Enrichment Programs at Northwood Community Centre. Heather was a high school, varsity, and provincial athlete. She served in various leadership roles as team captain, coach, organizer and official. She is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland and of Dalhousie University (MPA). She was awarded the Memorial University Gold Medal for Academic Excellence in Physical Education and Athletics and inducted into the Memorial University Athletic Honour Society.
Myrtle is a retired fundraising professional with a lengthy career in the not for profit sector, including the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia, the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, United Way Halifax, Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre Foundation, and she retired as the Executive Director of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. Myrtle has served on numerous Boards and Committees including as the Chief Commissioner of the National Board of Girl Guides of Canada. She brings a wealth of professional and volunteer experience. Myrtle has a passion for gender equity; encouraging, promoting, mentoring, and supporting girls and women to be the best they can be to realize their dreams and aspirations.