Board of Directors

Board Chair

Cheryl Paris, Board Chair

In my early 20’s someone told me a person changes careers three times in their life. Challenge accepted.

My first gig out of college was in Hotel Management with Westmont Hospitality. With a degree in Travel and Tourism, I also spent some time working for the Sunrise Trail Museum and the Museum of Industry before switching gears entirely to manage the administration office at the Organic Agriculture Center of Canada at the NSAC. This led to a position in the Finance department for a year before I finally settled in during the NSAC/DAL merger as the Animal Ethics Manager and Research Officer for the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus, where I also sit on the Executive for my local NSGEU.

On the side, I’m the co-owner of “The Paris Store” formerly “Leggo My Leggings”, an online business focused on women’s fashion.

My volunteer work includes serving as Vice President for MADD Cobequid, and working with Red Cross and the Truro Homeless Outreach Society. Also, I am currently a member of the Community Investment Committee at United Way. Finally, I’m the positive thinker behind the Facebook and IG pages “Positive Vibes” and the group “Women Empowering Women”!

Around my mid-30’s I started to pay closer attention to the injustices in society and tried to be purposeful in using my voice and platforms to influence change. 2017 shined a bright light on the challenges that women today still endure. I had to do more. I have admired the work of CNWRC ever since participating in the One Billion Rising event in 2013 and took steps to get involved with the centre. I joined the Board of Directors in May of 2017 and shortly after, proudly accepted the Chair appointment.

I am dedicated to surrounding this center and myself with the most amazing women I can find to ensure our success!

In my free time, you can find me on the beach (any time of year), or taking a hike through our beautiful local trails.

Andrea Jackson, Director/Treasurer

Andrea is the Manager of Community Development for Community Credit Union in Cumberland and Colchester Counties.

Andrea has spent her time and attention supporting small business, entrepreneurship, and sustainability in our province for over 15 years.

She believes in the value of strong partnerships, collaboration amongst community, and creating opportunities for others and ourselves.

She volunteers her time with several groups, including Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network, the Black Business Community Investment Fund, and the Colchester Regional Hospital Auxiliary.

Her exceptional communication and problem solving, paired with her abilities to establish strong relationships, motivate teams, and drive projects to successful completion are what have made her an important member of Nova Scotia’s economic development community.

When she isn’t hard at work, she spends her time with her husband, three children, and rescue dog at their home in Truro, Nova Scotia.

Michelle Thibault, Director

Michelle is a passionate educator who frames her practice around social justice awareness.

She has worked in social service sectors as a volunteer and a professional.

She is passionate about empowering women, especially mothers.

Michelle has worked as a teacher in the public school system for most of her professional career until recently opening Sunstone Academy, a private school in Truro, N.S.

Rebekah Loughhead, Director/Secretary

Rebekah (or Becky as most know her) grew up in Truro where she became a versatile athlete throughout her youth, playing both hockey and softball.

She moved to Massachusetts where she attained an English degree from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) and founded the Native American Student Association.

It was also in Massachusetts, that Becky became an avid Boxer while completing her degree.

After she completed her degree, she moved to Las Vegas, NV where she worked primarily as a substitute teacher before returning to her roots here in Nova Scotia.

Rebekah worked as a CCA in both home care and long-term care for 7+ years before choosing to become a Car Saleswoman at Century Honda where she has made a notable impact on the dealership. Both Becky’s positive attitude and perseverance have proven to be commendable, as she has played a very active role in the company’s record-breaking year.

As a single mother of two incredible daughters, Rebekah finds passion in women’s rights as well as helping to empower young women in all aspects of life.

She is dedicated to helping the women in our community.

Stephanie Milbury, Director

Born and raised in Fredericton N.B., Stephanie, her husband and two girls moved to Nova Scotia 5 1/2 years ago and have made Truro their home.

Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Thomas University with a major in Anthropology.

With her love of culture and travel, Stephanie spent a month in the Yucatan Peninsula studying Mayan culture and various archeological sites. Stephanie continues to travel every chance she gets and still has a passion for learning and experiencing new cultures.

Since moving to Truro, Stephanie has been active in the community, works for the Town of Truro with the Parks, Recreation & Culture department, and is actively involved in most Town events.

She and her daughters have participated in various fundraising events put on by the CNWRC.  Her youngest daughter has been and continues to be involved in the Girl Power groups as well.  It was her involvement with these fundraising events and initiatives that she then became an active member of the Board of Directors.

Stephanie feels strongly that all women have a voice and a strength and feels that living a healthy lifestyle that includes daily exercise and yoga strengthens both body and mind; and with that, empowers women to live their best life possible.

Stephanie is committed to offering her time to the Centre and is excited about the future of the CNWRC.

Megan MacNeil, Director

Megan has spent the last several years working towards her Bachelor of Arts degree in Gender Studies and Sociology through Memorial University.

During that time, she also worked in management positions with a plus size-clothing retailer but more recently has started her career within the social services sector.

Megan’s volunteer work includes roles with the Truro Homeless Outreach Society and United Way.

She is completing the Social Services program at NSCC and is excited to see where this educational opportunity will lead her.

She has a passion for helping women empower themselves and practice body image positivity.

Since moving to the Truro area, Megan has thought highly of CNWRC and wanted to become more heavily involved after the Take Back The Night event in October 2017, she was appointed to the Board in January 2018.

Jennifer Clark, Director

Jennifer is a 28-year-old woman, born and raised in Truro.

Post secondary she studied Child and Youth Care at NSCC and has been employed with Colchester Residential Services Society (CRSS) since graduating in 2010.

Jennifer wears many hats in her employment, she is Secretary of her local NSGEU, sits on the Labor Management Committee, is an Occupational Health and Safety representative, sits on the Bargaining and Essential Services Committee and the Workplace Education Committee.

Jennifer also enjoys spending time doing fundraisers for the group homes that she works in.

Recently Jennifer has been focusing on a new project in collaboration with CRSS and an amazing group of community members who formed the Truro Inclusion Project.  This new project is dedicated to creating a community inclusive of our various differences.

Jennifer’s passion is ensuring that every person is treated with love and respect, both professionally and personally.

Jennifer worked with the Central Nova Women’s Resource Centre in 2009 when she planned and facilitated their 8-week Girl Power Day Camp, ever since, the CNWRC has held a spot in her heart. When the Board posted a recruitment announcement, Jennifer says she knew she belonged here. She is dedicated to supporting the centre and the resource team, while they support the amazing women in our community!


Amanda Langille, Director

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Margaret Hearn, Director

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Carolyn Irving, Director

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