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Bridgette Abbott, the Bobbi Pike Art Rose, is a 26 year old native of Musgrave Harbour. Bridgette is a graduate of Memorial University with a focus in science in her Primary and Elementary Education degree, and is currently completing a second degree in Special Education. As an avid volunteer, Bridgette has been involved with numerous provincial and local non-profit organizations, such as The Children’s Wish Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Although many of her volunteer capacities involve helping families who are experiencing life altering situations, she also volunteers with places such as Roger’s Television, where she helps with the weekly production of a local television show. With these many involvements come some of Bridgette’s greatest achievements. In 2011, Bridgette received a Provincial URock award from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for her community and provincial contributions. In 2012, Bridgette was also awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal which is a commemorative medal served to honor significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. Bridgette also holds a strong leadership background; during her time at Memorial, she held positions on a number of boards and societies, including the University’s students union, as well as working in Residence Life where she was able to mentor new students as they transitioned from home life to campus life. With both volunteer and leadership qualities, Bridgette was named Miss Newfoundland & Labrador in 2014, and continued to be involved in over 200 volunteer events, charity galas and fundraisers, and community events in which she was able to embrace her love for the province and for those who live within it. During that year, Bridgette advocated a platform for Young Adult Cancer Canada, where she raised over $3,000 and donated 14 inches of her hair, celebrating the ten year anniversary of “Shave for the Brave” by visiting schools and community centres to support youth taking part in the initiative.


Bridgette has a heart for travel; in 2013, she experienced a four month teaching internship in the United Kingdom. She has since backpacked through Europe twice, and plans to explore new parts of the world for missions trips in the near future.
Bridgette currently works as a primary and elementary substitute teacher, and loves the experience. Being able to help mold young minds, inspire, and watch them learn and grow gives her hope for a prosperous Newfoundland and Labrador to come.
Her Irish Heritage originates from County Kilkenny, located in Southeastern Ireland in the province of Leinster, where the “Cuffe” family held a family seat from very ancient times. In the 1802, her ancestors landed themselves in Bona Vista and have since grown families in that area, and across the water in Bonavista North. As well, her ancestry of the “Butler” family is found in the ancient territory of Ormond (now parts of County Kilkenny, Wexford and North Tipperary). Bridgette is excited to experience the opportunity of being a Rose and learning more about her heritage along the way!

Ashley Gibbons, the Darnell’s Pub Rose​, is 23 years old, and although she was born in St. John’s, she currently resides in beautiful Paradise NL! Ashley’s Irish heritage originates from her mothers’ side of the family - her great grandmother is a Molloy from County Galway and also her Fathers’ side of the family Gibbons, from County Roscommon. This is her third year returning as a rose and has learned so much about her heritage throughout her time with the Rose of Tralee and is excited to keep learning more and exploring her heritage. Ashley is currently a graduate of Memorial University with a bachelor’s degree in Primary/Elementary Education. She loves sports especially hockey and loves English horseback riding! She has a strong passion for kids and this is why she chose a career in education! Her goal is to be able to travel to different countries around the world; teach in many different places and help kids with their education. Ashley also spends her time volunteering with children, in such organizations as Rainbow Riders, a special needs horseback riding camp. Her end career goal is to be able to teach and work with all kinds of special needs children. She feels that working with these children teaches her something new, everyday!​

Jennifer Mackey, the Leave It To Us Productions Rose, is a 22-year-old Emergency Room Nurse, and in September, a full time Master’s student in the Master of Health Ethics program at Memorial University. When she is not working or studying, she is performing, volunteering, and being active. She has been involved in numerous musicals over the last few years, with this year’s productions including Tada Events Our Divas do Christmas, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Her singing and dancing has taken her all over the world. She has performed nationally, and internationally, including the United States, Eastern and Western Europe. Her most memorable performance was at the Canadian embassy in Ireland on Canada Day in 2012. Along with singing and dancing, she has also grown to love the art of pole fitness, and aerial arts.

Jennifer has been involved in various roles while a student nurse over the past four years including student representative with the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (ARNNL), member of the Nursing Society, 18th annual Nursing Charity Ball Coordinator, MUN School of Nursing Shinerama Coordinator, in which she helped raise close to $3500 for people suffering with Cystic Fibrosis on Shine Day, and last but not least, she represented her class as president She has also received numerous nursing scholarships during her four year nursing program, and this year received a scholarship from the Newfoundland, and Labrador Nurses Union, and The Barbara Fowlow Memorial Scholarship for nursing volunteer work.

Jennifer is eager to give back to the community, therefore she volunteers as a Garden Fairy with Pink Days in Bloom- Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Atlantic, attending events year-round spreading hope to people and their families who are fighting Breast Cancer. She also volunteers at events within her wonderful city of Mount Pearl. As a nurse, she plans to volunteer with Broken Earth, a group of health professionals who travel to deliver, and improve both health care and education to the people of Haiti.

Jennifer’s Irish Heritage is on her father’s side. The Mackey ancestry dates back to the early 1800’s when Thomas Mackey (her six times great grandfather) arrived in Bonavista from Faha City in County Waterford, Ireland. He became a planter and married in 1803. Her grandfather, Leonard Mackey, is a native of St. Brendan’s, where many of the Mackey family settled. Jennifer also has Irish ties to Dungarvan, County Waterford, as her five times great grandparents, Philip Beresford and Johanna Rielly, also settled in Bonavista in 1830. Their daughter Ellen married her four times great grandfather John Mackey in 1835.

Jennifer is driven to continue her research into her family ties to Ireland, as she has discovered that she is also related to the Irish family names, Croke and Culleton.  She is very excited to be returning to the Roses, and knows it will be another wonderful year, as the NL Center celebrates its 5th year anniversary! 


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Holly Locke, the Artisan Streetscapes Rose, was born and  lives in St. John’s.  Holly, 22, has her Certificate in Baking and is working towards getting her Red Seal Stamp for baking . Holly has ambitions of owning  a small bakery someday.  To this day, her proudest moment is when she received her Baker’s Certificate in June of 2013 from the College of North Atlantic, Bay Saint George Campus in Stephenville. Holly can date her mother’s Irish Heritage back 8 Generations to County Tipperary. Someday, Holly would love to travel to County Tipperary to see where her family comes from. Holly  volunteers with the Ronald McDonald House in St. John’s  several times a month, to give sick kids and their families  a clean home away from home.  She also takes part in other Ronald McDonald House  programs like Home for dinner  and just like Nan’s! Holly also loves fundraising during the Red Shoe Walk for Ronald McDonald House, benefitting the families. Holly would love to be a wife and a mother in the future.  Her family and friends are a very important part of her everyday life. If it was not for her family’s support, she would not be where she is today! Holly’s favourite past time is being a part of the Newfoundland and Labrador Rose of Tralee and baking

Katie Hanlon-Wadman, the Mallard Cottage Rose, is 19 years old, and she was born and raised in St. John’s for 12 years before moving to Paradise. She also spent a fair amount of time in Quidi Vidi Village growing up, and found her love for the ocean and the quaint Mallard Cottage. Once an antique shop now turned restaurant, her love for the 18th Century Irish-Newfoundland vernacular style cottage, has not faded. She is currently completing her Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She decided to pursue Engineering after participating in the 2014 Women in Science and Engineering Newfoundland and Labrador Student Summer Employment Program (WISE NL SSEP). This program places Grade 10 (Labrador) and Grade 11 girls in positions in Science and Engineering to promote women’s interest in this field. During that Summer, she worked as a Wave Pump Research Assistant at the National Research Council of Canada. Since then she has worked at Newfoundland Power as an Electrical Engineering Work Term Student (Regional Operations), and at ExxonMobil Canada Properties as a Drilling and Subsurface Engineering Assistant. These positions are a part of the co-op Engineering program at Memorial. She is very determined and hard working, having earned 7 scholarships for school. Life long learning is something that she is very passionate about. From tutoring high school students, to discovering something new each day, her love for learning and passing on knowledge is tremendous. In her spare time, she loves to swim, hike, camp, rock climb, cook and bake with her family and friends, and volunteer. Her love for camping came from her family, as well as her 9 years with Girl Guides of Canada. Those 9 years also began her appreciation and eagerness to volunteer. Most recently she has volunteered at the GoodLife Spin4Kids Fundraiser, the Oil and Gas Week Industry Food Drive in support of the Community Food Sharing Association, the Stocking Stuffer Elves, and the Conception Bay South Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life. Her Irish Heritage originates from her father’s side of the family. Her three times great grandfather Timothy O’Connor was born in Kilkenny, Ireland and settled in Placentia Bay, NL in the late 1800s. Eventually he and his family were forced to change their last name to Connors for sounding “too Irish”. As well, her great grandmother Hellen Connors (born Hellen Henry) was born and raised in Belfast, Ireland and came to Newfoundland as a war bride after marrying Thomas Connors in 1944. Katie is bright, outgoing, and always jumps at the opportunity to help and learn. She is proud of her Irish and Newfoundland Heritage and wants to explore even more of her family history in the near future.   ​

​​Rebecca Quilty, the Murray's Pond Rose, is 23 years old and grew up in Marystown, NL but currently calls St. John’s home. After completing a Bachelor of Science majoring in Biochemistry, she is now working on a medical degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has a passion for child healthcare and is considering doing a pediatrics residency upon graduation. Her dream is to help improve access to health care for children in vulnerable populations in the developing world. As part of her education, she is planning to do international electives in Ireland and other foreign locations to gain a more diverse appreciation for the deliverance of health care and to understand the health care system in other countries. When not busy with school, she has conducted scientific research on a variety of subjects ranging from metabolism to cancer. Her research experiences culminated in a research exchange she completed at the Medical University of Warsaw in Poland in the summer of 2016, an experience that was not only academically enriching but also fostered her love of travel. She recently published a short article in a university medical journal about pediatric cancer in developing countries. For several years, she was an avid volunteer with the “Let’s Talk Science” program, where she gave science presentations to children in St. John’s and in rural areas of the province. She also volunteers at the Gateway refugee clinic in St. John’s, the Ronald McDonald House, and previously at the Janeway. She is a firm believer that it is never too late to try something new and recently started ballet classes. In part because of her love of Irish music as well as her desire to follow her grandfather’s footsteps, she is also learning to play the violin. Upon discovering the author Maeve Binchy and her idyllic description of Ireland in her novels, she became more and more interested in learning about her Irish ancestry.

Her Irish roots are evident on both the paternal and maternal sides of her family. Nicholas Quilty, a County Waterford native from Waterford City, emigrated with his wife and children to the antiquated Bread and Cheese Cove, now known as Bishop’s Cove, in 1780. Aside from building a plantation, he also started the Quilty line in Newfoundland, of which she would be a product several generations down the line. On the maternal side, the Collins, have been traced back to East London and originally to the southwest of Ireland. She is looking forward to investigating her Irish ancestry further and to becoming more acquainted with her heritage through the Rose events this year.

Bridgette Abbott, the Bobbi Pike Art Rose, is a 26 year old native of Musgrave Harbour. Bridgette is a graduate of Memorial University with a focus in science in her Primary and Elementary Education degree, and is currently completing a second degree in Special Education. As an avid volunteer, Bridgette has been involved with numerous provincial and local non-profit organizations, such as The Children’s Wish Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Although many of her volunteer capacities involve helping families who are experiencing life altering situations, she also volunteers with places such as Roger’s Television, where she helps with the weekly production of a local television show. With these many involvements come some of Bridgette’s greatest achievements. In 2011, Bridgette received a Provincial URock award from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for her community and provincial contributions. In 2012, Bridgette was also awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal which is a commemorative medal served to honor significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. Bridgette also holds a strong leadership background; during her time at Memorial, she held positions on a number of boards and societies, including the University’s students union, as well as working in Residence Life where she was able to mentor new students as they transitioned from home life to campus life. With both volunteer and leadership qualities, Bridgette was named Miss Newfoundland & Labrador in 2014, and continued to be involved in over 200 volunteer events, charity galas and fundraisers, and community events in which she was able to embrace her love for the province and for those who live within it. During that year, Bridgette advocated a platform for Young Adult Cancer Canada, where she raised over $3,000 and donated 14 inches of her hair, celebrating the ten year anniversary of “Shave for the Brave” by visiting schools and community centres to support youth taking part in the initiative.


Bridgette has a heart for travel; in 2013, she experienced a four month teaching internship in the United Kingdom. She has since backpacked through Europe twice, and plans to explore new parts of the world for missions trips in the near future.
Bridgette currently works as a primary and elementary substitute teacher, and loves the experience. Being able to help mold young minds, inspire, and watch them learn and grow gives her hope for a prosperous Newfoundland and Labrador to come.
Her Irish Heritage originates from County Kilkenny, located in Southeastern Ireland in the province of Leinster, where the “Cuffe” family held a family seat from very ancient times. In the 1802, her ancestors landed themselves in Bona Vista and have since grown families in that area, and across the water in Bonavista North. As well, her ancestry of the “Butler” family is found in the ancient territory of Ormond (now parts of County Kilkenny, Wexford and North Tipperary). Bridgette is excited to experience the opportunity of being a Rose and learning more about her heritage along the way!