8 Women of Belleville and Quinte Region
The Bay of Quinte is a long, narrow bay shaped like the letter "Z" on the northern shore of Lake Ontario in the province of Ontario. The name "Quinte" is derived from "Kente" which was the. name of an early French Mission. The traditional name of the area is "Kebgte:ke" which means place of the bay.
The Quinte Region comprises the municipalities of Brighton, Quinte West, Belleville, Prince Edward County, Greater Napanee and the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.
Belleville is the largest city in the region.
Alicia PrestonGrateful • Courage • Love
I’ve carved my own path, this is my journey. I am a Moon Mama of 2 and the founder of Mindful Roots. I am grateful for my children and the man that holds my heart; my husband. I didn’t set out to be a Mindfulness & Yoga Teacher. Instead, I went to University and studied… Continue reading
Damia Rodriguez RamosFriendly • Affectionate • Passionate
My parents, brother, sister and I came to Canada in 1989 – to the City of Belleville, Ontario. I was a 13 year old teen from Guatemala. As a family, we started the hard work to build a new life in our new town. My parents instilled a tireless work ethic in me and I… Continue reading
Jessica WheelerEmpathetic • Inspired • Creative
When I was a kid, I loved climbing to the very top of trees and swaying in the wind. Swinging as high as possible on the tallest swings at school. Taking a baseball bat and hitting the ball as far as possible out into the field. Putting on headphones and getting lost in music for hours while… Continue reading
Kirsten Neumann-StephensKind • Funny • Adventurous
I don’t know if there is a name for how I move through this life. I make space and time for people to give me things that they hold dear. The things I collect, keep safe, and eventually use to connect to others aren’t tangible objects; they’re stories. I was 15 years old, sitting in… Continue reading
Margie Bailey PhiefferHigh Fives • Rainbows • Pearl Jam
High Fives – From 2004 to 2018, I was an Educational Assistant, specializing in autism. During this time I learned a great deal from these special humans. Here is what I learned: 1) To approach each day with a giant smile and to lead with my heart. 2) Shit happens.. Daily.. so deal with it and… Continue reading
Michelle AveryIndependent • Passionate • Authentic
When I received the notice that I had been nominated as a ‘Woman of Inspiration’, I was quite taken back. Seriously, me? Why? I just do normal human things, don’t I? Truly humbling. I became a mother at the age of 17. I have had an amazing experience being a Mom. I now have 6 children, two… Continue reading
Sarah HutchisonGratitude • Kindness • Resilient
“Putting yourself first is as much about loving others, as it is about loving you.” ~ Sarah Hutchison Like so many of us, I learned about the importance of caring for me first, through struggle and then breakdown. I’m a dedicated self-sacrificer, hell-bent on running myself ragged before I dare “let anyone else down”. Can you relate?… Continue reading
Vanessa BrookerDriven • Resilient • Enthusiastic
These are the words that friends and family chose to describe me with whe I asked them for help with writing this, however I think I would choose “Relatable”. I’m the Mom of two boys. I’m the mom working a full time job as the Program Coordinator for the Paramedic Program at Loyalist College. I’m… Continue reading
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