Girl Power 2019


Stephanie Atwood, Camp Supervisor

Stephanie has experience working with vulnerable persons, primarily women and youth throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick

She brings over 10 years experience having worked as a Program Facilitator with Community Services, Correctional Officer, Youth Program Coordinator and an Executive Assistant of a non-profit centre for youth and families.

She has developed female specific programming and studied with reputable educational institutions and professional leaders in the community service sector such as Nova Scotia Community College, University of New Brunswick and online through Harvard University and University of Michigan.

She is currently studying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and hope to continue her education and obtain a Masters in Social Work.


Vanessa Totten-Paris, Facilitator

Vanessa grew up outside of Truro, and always dreamed to have a little farm of her own.

She is the owner of Totten-Paris Family Goats, which makes all natural soaps and beauty products out of goat milk. She also takes her goats on the road with her to Birthday Parties, schools, daycares, and the goats have been in 4H with her children. Totten-Paris Family Goats has been in business for 3.5 years.

Vanessa is also the event planner of Craft & Vendor Events at the Legion.

She has experience working with children over the last 11 years. She has worked with children as a Student Monitor, an Educational Assistant, and a Pre-Primary Teacher over the last 3 years. Vanessa thrives to help make a difference in kid’s lives and loves the unconditional bonds she’s able to form with them.

Vanessa is a very busy parent; she is actively involved in her children’s sports and activities. Managing her son’s hockey team has been her most recent and rewarding endeavor.

“My Daughter has attended the Girl Power Camps in the previous years and she loved it. I thought it was a great camp myself and when the chance came to be a leader, I was very excited for this opportunity to help show some Girl Power to the youth that will attend Girl Power Camp.”


Tylisha Upshaw, Facilitator 

Many of you may recognize Tylisha from the 2018 Girl Power Camps, and we are pleased to welcome her back for the 2019 camps.

” I am an African Nova Scotian student studying education at STFX university. I am passionate about making the world a better place and I believe I can do this through educating the future generations. I love spending time with my family and playing games/sports. This will be my second year being involved with the girl power camp, I love empowering young girls to have the confidence in themselves to conquer anything they put their minds to! The girl power camp provides kids with healthy snacks, fun activities/trips, education and friendships!”

We think Tylisha is pretty darn amazing, but we may be a bit biased.


Brittany Rushton, Facilitator

Brittany loves animals (especially cats), photography, dancing and going for walks.

Brittany has a love for trying new foods and is so excited to meet all the girls and try new things in the community!




You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to speak warmly of them, they should have behaved better.

~Anne Lamott~

Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women

~Maya Angelou~



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