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.
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!
Anna Murphy, the Yellow Rose Textiles Rose, is a 24 year old St. John's native. Anna previously attended Memorial University for Business Administration and is now a graduate of the Textiles: Craft & Apparel Design Program from the College of the North Atlantic. Upon completion of the program she was awarded the President’s Award of Excellence for the highest average in her class. This past summer she was accepted into the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation Craft Incubation Program. Her hand-dyed and printed textile business, Yellow Rose, operates out of a open studio year-round. Anna is passionate about business enterprise and this fall added a new adventure to her life. She works as a Stylist with Stella and Dot, helping women share her life mantra of self-love and confidence. Her commitment to learning and personal development is endless. She is an active member of the Eastern Edge Quilting Guild and the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador. She founded the St. John’s Sketchers, a public drawing group that meets bi-monthly and is currently completing her Embroidery Certificate. Last year, Anna’s goal was to run the Tely 10. After reaching her goal, she wanted to raise the bar. For 2016, she has decided to run a half-marathon! Anna also enjoys giving back to her community.She is volunteer with Fibre Arts NL, The Anna Templeton Centre, Craft Council, The Ronald McDonald House, The Dream Fund and Holy Moly Sunday School. Since participating in the 2015 selection, Anna has been enthralled with learning about her genealogy. She has been working diligently at The Rooms archive to discover everything she can about where she comes from. Her Irish heritage originates from County Cork and County Waterford and is evident in every part of her life. It is in her family inspired tattoos, in her creative art, or in her love for Irish music! She has also stayed very active with the 2015 Roses. Her appreciation for her rose friendships and opportunities is limitless. Anna is outgoing, motivated, and constantly inspired to learn. She lives her personal mantra everyday: bringing light to everything you touch through positivity and believing in yourself.
Ashley Gibbons, the Darnell’s Pub Rose, is 22 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 on her Fathers’ side of the family ‘Gibbons’, from County Roscommon. This is her second 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 fourth year student at Memorial University perusing a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary/Elementary Education. She loves sports and plays soccer, baseball, and 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 such as Korea and England, 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!
Holly Locke, The Artisan Streetscapes Rose, was born and still resides in St. John’s. Holly, 21, has her certificate in baking and will be attending College of the North Atlantic in the fall of 2016 to study personal care attendant. She loves all this baking and cake decorating and one day hopes to have her own small bakery. One of her proudest moments has to be when she received her Baker’s Certificate in June, of 2013. Holly can date her mother’s Irish heritage back 8 Generations, to county Tipperary. Holly’s personal goal now is to graduate with a Personal Care Attendant Diploma. Holly volunteers with the Ronald McDonald House’s ‘Just like Nan’s’ and ‘Home for Dinner’ programs for the residing families and other events such as the ‘Red Shoe Crew Walk’. She hopes to keep doing events like this in the future! Holly would love to be a wife and a mother someday, as family… and friends… are an important part of her life. If it was not for them she would not be where she is today!
Jenna Fennelly, The Irish Loop Post Rose, is 20 years old and grew up in a small community on the Southern Shore, called Port Kirwan. Jenna’s Irish heritage originates from the Kilkenny and Galway counties She is currently residing in St. Johns, where she is completing an Industrial Engineering Diploma at College of the North Atlantic. In the previous year, Jenna attended Marine Institute where she completed Year One of the Naval Architecture program. During the summer, Jenna work’s at the Colony of Avalon, an archeology dig located in Ferryland. She is currently working part-time at Mama Soula’s, a Greek restaurant located in St. Johns. Growing up on the Southern Shore, moulded Jenna into the person she is today. Jenna is very out-going and enjoys being outdoors, which influenced her to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Program where she achieved the Bronze and Silver awards. The Duke of Edinburgh program promotes consistent commitment in the service, skill and physical sector’s in order to achieve each award. In the near future, Jenna plans to complete the Gold award and to someday be an awards leader, guiding youth to develop positive lifestyle habits and consistent development in their life. Along with her love of the great outdoors, she also has a passion for sports, playing on both the softball and basketball teams while in high school. While living on the southern shore, Jenna actively volunteered at many sporting events being held at the high school, weekly bingo which was held at the Port Kirwan Community Hall and was an active volunteer at the Port Kirwan Come Home Year of 2010.Along with these hobbies, Jenna has a strong passion for equality of women in the engineering and science industries. In 2012, she participated in the Women in Science and Engineering program at Memorial University. This program is designed for female, Grade 11 students interested in learning more about opportunities in science, engineering and, similar fields. During this summer Jenna worked under Dr. Lesley James a Process Engineering professor at the university. Her goal in life most presently is further her volunteer experiences within St. Johns, complete a diploma in Industrial Engineering Technology and finish with a bachelor of technology. In the future, Jenna hopes to inspire other women to pursue careers in this field, where ambitious women can succeed in an industry of equality for both men and women. Wherever Jenna’s career may take her, she wants to continue to travel, volunteer and experience the rich and different cultures that this world has to offer.
Jennifer Mackey, , is a 21 year old, proud nursing student studying at Memorial University. When she is not studying, she is performing, volunteering, working and being active. Jennifer has been involved in numerous musicals over the last few years and this year alone includes Tada Events Our Divas do Christmas, Atlantic Light’s Sister Act, and Tada’s Rock of Ages. Her singing and dancing has taken her all over the world performing in numerous places in Canada, the United States, and Europe, with her most memorable performance at the Canadian embassy in Ireland on Canada Day in 2012. Jennifer plays an important role at her nursing school as president of her nursing class, a student representative with the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (ARNNL), a member of the Nursing Society, and the 18th annual Nursing Charity Ball Coordinator, with her goal set to raise about $15 000 for the beneficiary of this years charity ball, the Single Parents Association of Newfoundland. She has also been awarded numerous nursing scholarships this past year to help her on her path to becoming a nurse, including a scholarship from the Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses Union and an award from the ARNNL. As a future nurse, Jennifer looks for ways to give back to the health of the community. She loves being a Garden Fairy with Pink Days in Bloom- Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Atlantic attending events year-round spreading hope to people and their families fighting Breast Cancer. She also volunteers at Planned Parenthood and at events within her wonderful city of Mount Pearl. Jennifer’s work experience varies from retail to food service to working with professors at Memorial University, which has helped her tremendously in all aspect of life such as confidence, conflict resolution, work ethic, and organization. Last summer she also started working as a Personal care attendant and loves to be able to help the senior population with their health and activities. Jennifer believes in staying in shape and being active. Along with dancing, she has grown to love the art of pole fitness and attends pole classes every week. She is also a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Amateur Bodybuilding Association as a bikini competitor and competed in the provincials in November of 2014. She is hoping to compete in another competition in the fall of 2017.
Jennifer’s Irish Heritage is on her father’s side. The Mackey ancestry dates back to the early 1800’s when Thomas Mackey (her five times great grandfather) arrived in Bonavista from Faha City in Waterford County, Ireland. He became a planter and married in 1803. Her grandfather, Leonard Mackey, is a native of St. Brendan’s, NL where many of the Mackey family settled. Jennifer is excited to learn more about her Irish family heritage and participate in this year’s Rose of Tralee selection.
Kandice Power, the Island Furniture Rose, is 22 years old and hails from the beautiful town of Paradise. She can trace her paternal Irish roots back to County Waterford. Kandice recently completed her Bachelor of Business Administration and intends to complete her Nursing degree. Her career goal is to eventually work in health administration and transform the health care system. Having enjoyed karate from a young age, Kandice now enjoys keeping fit, going for a run or going hiking around the Avalon Peninsula. Kandice spends the majority of her free time volunteering at her university or in the community. She is an active member of St. John Ambulance as a Volunteer Medical First Responder and you can find her at number of community sporting events, festivals, concerts or community gatherings. She is a member of the Young Canadians Roundtable on Health and on the board of directors for a provincial scholarship competition. If you find yourself around Memorial University, you can find Kandice organizing a number of beneficial leadership programs for students. Kandice would like to thank the organizers of the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for giving Newfoundlanders and Labradoreans the opportunity to represent the strong, modern Irish women that can be found within our province
Kathleen (Kate) White, the O'Reilly's Irish Pub Rose, is a 21 year old St. John's native with roots in Witless Bay. She has family origins from County Tipperary on her father's side as well as maternal ancestry in County Galway. Kathleen has always been very proud over her Irish roots, especially when she mistakenly told a reporter for the Newfoundland Herald that she was from Ireland at the age of six! She is in the process of completing her second year of the Bachelor of Nursing program at Memorial. Kathleen has always loved volunteering and has been involved as her Class President, Director of Communications with a political party and co-chair of her high school social justice committee. Kate has found a passion in working with the elderly and is currently working as a Personal Care Attendant in Long Term Care. This year Kathleen has made it her goal to have a healthier life style and hopes to run her first 5k this year. She is delighted to have been chosen to be one of the 2016 NL Centre Roses and looks forward to a wonderful year of events with her sister roses.
Nicole Neary, 2015 NL ROSE, the Come Home Year Rose - Bell Island, was born on Bell Island and now resides in St. John’s. Nicole, 20, previously attended MUN for Physics, and is now in her second year of the Computer Systems Engineering Program at the College of the North Atlantic. Qualifying herself as a ‘Computer nerd’, Nicole enjoys anything computer oriented, and would love to meet Stephen Hawking. Nicole can date her Mother’s Irish heritage back 7 generations, to Ballylongford in County Kerry. A girl from the ‘Place where the sun first shines’, Nicole was one of the technical directors and has been an on-air host for Radio Bell Island; is a core member of a small committee, Bell Island Playground Project, which was the driving force to rally the community and fundraise to develop a community park with nine different developments; and was actively involved with Tourism Bell Island as an actor in various venues. This year, Nicole will be volunteering as a DJ for the East Coast Music Awards Week Radio Station. She will also be helping to run the social media for the event. She enjoys playing the piano, and is learning the fiddle, guitar and a little accordion. Nicole was inspired by cancer patients and has participated in Young Cancer Canada’s fundraiser “Shave for the Brave” which required her to once shave her head to raise funds for the cause – something she wishes to do again this summer! Nicole’s goal is to obtain her Master’s Degree as a Computer Engineer, and once complete, would like to work with either the CSA (Canadian Space Agency) on the Mars mission, or work with CSIS/CSEC (the Canadian Security Intelligence Service/Communications Security Establishment Canada). Nicole is currently in the process of making a documentary about her hometown and its first resident, Gregory Normore. She also hopes to start using her videography skills to start a wedding video business as she's filmed a couple in the past and really enjoyed it.
Holly Locke, the Hillview Terrace Suites Rose, was born and still resides in St. John’s. Holly, 20, will be attending College of the North Atlantic in the fall of 2015 to study personal care attendant. She loves all things baking and cake decorating and one day would love to meet the boys of One Direction. Holly can date her Mother’s Irish heritage back 8 generations, to County Tipperary. One of her proudest moments has been is when she got her bakers certificate in June of 2013. Currently working at the Magic Bean Toy Shoppe and Boutique, Holly’s personal goal is to own a bakery/cake shop in the future and become a wife and mother someday. Family is an important part of Holly’s life! If it was not for them she would not be where she is today.
Ashley Gibbons, the Darnell’s Pub Rose, is 21 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. Ashley is currently a third year student at Memorial University perusing a bachelor’s degree in Primary/Elementary Education. She loves sports and plays soccer, baseball, and 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 such as Korea and England, 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 Bobbi Pike Art Rose, is a 20 year old, proud nursing student at Memorial University. Jennifer’s Irish heritage hails from County Waterford. Jennifer has been involved in numerous musicals over the last few years and this year alone includes Tada Events Our Divas do Christmas, Atlantic Light’s Spamalot, and Tada’s Jesus Christ Superstar. Her singing and dancing has taken her all over the world performing in numerous places in Canada, the United States, and Europe, with her most memorable performance at the Canadian embassy in Ireland on Canada Day in 2012. Jennifer acts as president of her nursing class and a member of the Nursing Society as the promotions representative and just recently took on a new role as the Nursing Charity Ball Coordinator for 2016. As a future nurse, Jennifer looks for ways to give back to the health of the community. She loves being a Garden Fairy with Pink Days in Bloom- Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Atlantic. She attends events year-round spreading hope to people and their families fighting Breast Cancer. She also volunteers at Planned Parenthood, and has just applied to volunteer with the Newfoundland & Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis & Prevention Centre. She also volunteers at events within her city such as Frosty Festival and Mount Pearl City Days. Jennifer’s work experience varies from retail to food service to working with professors at Memorial University, which has helped her tremendously in all aspect of life such as confidence, conflict resolution, work ethic, and organization. Jennifer also believes in staying in shape and being active. Besides dancing, she is also a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Amateur Bodybuilding Association as a bikini competitor and competed in the provincials last November. Jennifer aspires to one day compete at a national level.
Anna Murphy, the Yellow Rose Textiles Rose, is a 23 year old St. John's native. She is currently completing her final year in the Textiles: Craft and Apparel Design Program at the College of the North Atlantic. Anna works in many different artistic mediums including natural dyes, felt, and weaving. She most enjoys spending time with her family and travelling to new places, whether they are at home or in another country. Her Irish heritage, hailing originally from County Cork, is evident in every part of her life… be it in the ink on her skin, the Celtic theme in her creative art, or her love for Irish music! Her ancestors have molded her into the woman she is today! Anna is an active volunteer in the arts community, including helping to organize Fibre Arts NL 2015, an upcoming fibre arts conference in Gros Morne, Newfoundland. She is also a self-employed craftsperson. Her business, Yellow Rose, has grown significantly in the past few years. Her primary product line is comprised of hand-dyed and printed home decor. Anna is very outgoing, and personable! She loves to meet new people, and is creatively inspired by each new experience. She believes that with hard work and a good attitude you can truly accomplish
Ashley Neary, the Tourism Bell Island Rose, is 18; the sister of Nicole and was born and raised on Bell Island! She is currently completing the Community Recreation Leadership program, with the aspirations of working with seniors and keeping them living happy, healthy and active lives! Ashley’s Irish linage can be dated back 7 generations to Ballylongford in County Kerry. She was raised knowing that volunteering and being an active member of your community is one of the most important things you can do. She is a member of the Bell Island Playground Committee, which led to a total remodel of the playground, and has been involved in any and every community function, activity and event that she can help with! Ashley works with Tourism Bell Island which is also her sponsor, and has volunteered with them for many years pre-dating her employment. She is very passionate about what she does she she feels she is helping to showcase the beautiful and history-rich place that she comes from!
Regan Burden, the Raymonds Restaurant Rose, was born in St. Anthony but grew up in Port Hope Simpson on the south coast of Labrador. Regan’s Irish heritage can be traced back to County cork, where her Hurley family heritage originates. Regan, 18, is currently finishing her first year in a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Political Science and Communication Studies. Regan loves to travel and has been fortunate enough to have visited Iceland, Greenland, Amsterdam, Belgium, Amsterdam, England and Norway. Regan intends to backpack through Europe and Asia before she attends law school after she completes her undergraduate degree. Her proudest moment to date was when she shaved her head in a Shave for the Brave which she organized at her school. Regan believes the most important thing you can give a youth is their voice, which is why she is currently the Director of Communications for Newfoundland and Labrador Youth Parliament. Regan holds organization very close to her heart, and has been on the Board of Directors since 2013.
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!
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.
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
EricaHalfyard, the Hillview Terrace Suites Rose, was born in St. John’s to a mother whose great grandfather hails from County Kilkenny and a father from…Corner Brook! Earning Principal Lists & Entrance Scholarships, Erica, 19, is currently finishing up her first year in the
Bachelor of Nursing at the MUN Centre of Nursing Studies. She loves to sing, play a little bit of piano and guitar, and for the past two years, has been a member of the Molson 67 Women’s senior volleyball league. One of her proudest moments has been placing in the top 5 at the Miss Teen NL and top 10 in the Miss Teen Achievement competitions. Currently working at Booster Juice, Erica’s personal goal is to receive a 4.0 GPA in her first year, and upon graduating, hopes to travel and work as a nurse in third world countries, and become a wife and mother. Erica’s family is an important part of her life, and following in the footsteps of her parents’ giving spirits, Erica was an active member of the Bishop’s College High School Youth Action Committee, and enjoys volunteering at the Agnes Pratt Nursing Home.
Tara Bowers, the Joan Andrews Denture Clinic Rose, was born in Labrador, but has grown up in St. John’s. Tara, 22, is currently pursuing her medical degree at MUN and enjoys creating and playing music; community theatre, film work, running, trapeze acrobatics, and is an accomplished artist. Tara’s Irish history dates back to 1794, when her father’s family emigrated to NL from County Wexford, and soon after followed by her mother’s family from County Tipperary. Tara won the Outstanding Accomplishment in Writing and Direction at the Avalon East School Drama Association for her own production of ‘A Murderous Mind’, as well as being recognized for her camera work in two Women’s Film Festivals. Tara’s goals are completing her degree and eventually making her career as a Neurosurgeon, as well as assist with rainforest conservation and obtain the level 3 performance skill in trapeze. She currently volunteers her time as a councillor at Kids Help Phone, sings and plays piano, guitar, tuba euphonium and baritone.
Nicole Neary, the Town of Wabana Rose, was born and still resides on Bell Island. Nicole, 19, is currently attending MUN for Physics, but starts the Computer Networks Engineering Program at the College of the North Atlantic in September. Qualifying herself as a ‘Computer nerd’, Nicole enjoys anything computer oriented, and would love to meet Stephen Hawking. Nicole can date her Mother’s Irish heritage back 7 generations, to Ballylongford in County Kerry. A girl from the ‘Place where the sun first shines’, Nicole is one of the technical directors and has been an on-air host for Bell Island Radio an; she is a core member of a small committee, Bell Island Playground Project, whom was the driving force to rally the community and fundraise to develop a community park with nine different developments; she is actively involved with Tourism Bell Island as an actor in various venues; she enjoys playing the piano, and is learning the fiddle, guitar and a little accordion. Nicole was inspired by cancer patients and participated in Young Cancer Canada’s fundraiser “Shave for the Brave” which required her to shave her head to raise funds forthe cause. Nicole’s goal is to obtain her Master’s Degree as a Computer Engineer and feels that her best personal quality is her ingenuity! Hermotto is – I rather be an original rather than a copy
Maggie O’Toole, the Lighthouse Picnics Rose, born in St. John’s and grew up in Cape Broyle, can add her Mom’s O’Brien family, who hail from County Wexford, to her very obvious Irish heritage! Placing second in her graduating class academically and receiving honours status, Maggie, 19, is currently in her first year of pursuing a Bachelor of Technology in Ocean Mapping at the Marine Institute. Earning a number of entrance scholarships for post-secondary education, Maggie served as her Student Body President in high school. Besides her dedication to her academics, Maggie considers herself a very outgoing individual, spending her time hunting, fishing, reading, cooking, travelling, but mostly, with her friends and family. Most proud of her perseverance, Maggie loves to sing, especially Irish-Newfoundland traditional music, and has learned the basics on guitar and accordion. As she is passionate of the Irish heritage that is prevalent in her father’s home of Cape Broyle, Maggie’s goal in life is to be successful in whatever she chooses to do; work abroad to gain career experience; live comfortably and enjoy every minute, eventually settling down in Newfoundland.
Kiersten Didham, the B&B Electrical Rose, was born and raised in St. John’s. At 19, Kiersten is currently studying for an Arts Degree at MUN, majoring in History with a minor in English; is a founding member of the Nu Delta Mu Sorority, and enjoys playing basketball, and singing. An accomplished dancer and model, whose family hail from County Kerry and County Claire, Kiersten was awarded third place for Photography; third place for Fashion Runway, and first place for TV Commercial classes in the Applause Rising Talent Showcase in 2010 Orlando, Florida, and placed top 10 in the Enterprise Olympics Newfoundland with her business concept. A runner in the Rick Hansen relay in 2012, Kiersten was awarded Ms. Congeniality at the 2011 L.E. A. P. conference and the 2009 Mount Pearl Volunteer of the Year. Kiersten is actively teaching herself guitar and piano, and has a part-time job at Tim Horton’s, which allows her to have contact with the people of Newfoundland, She adds, ‘We are an easygoing people, and we love who we are and where we come from!’ Being a caring individual, and wanting to give back to the youth of Newfoundland, Kiersten plans to become a teacher, starting an after-school dance program, and becoming a basketball coach.
Gillian Slade, the 3 Cheers Pub Rose, was born and raised in Salmon Cove. Her Mother’s descendants landed in NL from Galway, Clare and Ulster in the 19thcentury, sailing from County Waterford! At 26, Gillian holds a Political Science and English Degree from MUN, and is currently studying through online education at the University of Victoria, BC for her degree in Public Relations. Working full-time for the Newfoundland Home Buyers Academy as a Communications Coordinator, Gillian volunteers as a high-school coach, and was a MUN Cheerleader for 4 years, winning national titles. One of her proudest moments has been placing in the top 8 in Miss NL, and top 5 in the Miss Earth Canada competitions. Gillian enjoys singing, reading engaging books, writing, baking, making people laugh, and chocolate! Sponsoring a child through World Vision, and once having lived in a Somali Refugee Settlement in Tanzania for 2 months working on International Development, Gillian believes in compassion, and hopes to lend her voice to those who cannot and leave the places she has been happier for having been there. Her goals are to be creative and happy in both her personal and professional lives, and enable her parents to retire!!
Melanie Doyle, the Nu-Quest Distribution Rose, was born in St.John’s and live in Conception Bay South. Melanie, 19, is currently finishing up her second year at MUN, pursuing an English degree. A member of the MUN English Student Society, Melanie enjoys creative writing, reading and is an avid NFP New England Patriots fan! Being a Doyle whose family hail from County Mayo, she is extremely proud of the relationship that she shares with her family! Just recently being accepted to write an honours dissertation, Melanie will spend 6 weeks this summer in Harlow, England, completing the English Cultural Landscape program, as a part of her degree studies. Melanie feels blessed that she is able to work at Bath & Body Works, and browsing for antiques. Melanie’s goal is to earn her Master’s degree while becoming an English teacher, inspired by those who taught her, and completing a journal. Most proud of her sense of adventure to learn, explore and try new things, Melanie hopes that she will always have a well-stamped passport and own three cats!
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!
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