A Letter From Co-founder Liz Corney

When we started this project in 2018, I had no idea we would receive such an amazing community response. So to start, thank you! I also really had no idea about the need for vulnerable women in Charlottetown. I knew a little bit, which is why I started down the road of finding out what services existed to help women. In our research it was abundantly clear that there is a need for a homeless women’s shelter in Charlottetown. There is absolutely no doubt. We have spoken to those who work with these women, we’ve spoken to a few of these women directly, and we have heard their stories. They need someone to help them, to speak for them, and to fight for them.

I am so thankful for this project, for those who have helped along the way, and for those who currently work in the human services industry day after day. It really is incredible work and I feel abundantly grateful to be even a small part of it.

Liz

Liz Corney

Co-founder & President, Board of Directors

Liz Corney is the co-founder and President of the board of directors for Blooming House. She is a new mother to one very busy baby boy. She works full time as the Content Marketing Manager at an IT company in Charlottetown. Her company sells software to nonprofit organizations in order to improve fundraising efforts and overall good in the world. Her educational background is in journalism, communications, and marketing and she has a passion for nonprofit, volunteerism, and women’s issues. She has over 10 years of professional experience as a consultant, a creative problem solver, and a strategic communicator in business. 

Bry

Brynn Devine

Co-founder & Vice President, Board of Directors

Brynn is a Business Analyst and mother of three. She is a part of the core Blooming House team in charge of business planning and funding submissions. She is project-oriented, is able to take requirements and plan a successful implementation. She has strong skills in engineering, systems, and planning details. She is an expert problem-solver and is passionate about helping vulnerable women.

Who We Are

Alicia Arsenault

Member, Board of Directors

Alicia has a variety of work and volunteer experience in the realm of community development and outreach and has been involved with Blooming House in various capacities since its early days. She is thrilled to be on the Board with such a great group of people and is regularly inspired by the dedication and innovation of the Blooming House founders. Alicia lives in Stratford with her husband Shawn and their two sweet daughters. 

Who We Are

Christiana Tweedy

Secretary, Board of Directors

Christiana Tweedy grew up on a family dairy farm in rural Prince Edward Island.  She is a lawyer at the Charlottetown office of Cox & Palmer where she primarily practices family law dealing with a wide variety of family-related issues, including parenting, support, child protection, and domestic violence.  Her education background is in both business and law.  Christiana is a strong advocate of women’s rights in her job and society.

Who We Are

Tom Keeler

Member, Board of directors

Tom is a lawyer practicing with McInnes Cooper in Charlottetown, and was called to the bar in 2012. He has a broad litigation practice focusing on securities litigation, commercial and insurance litigation, and commercial planning and development matters, and has represented clients before courts and tribunals across Atlantic Canada. Outside of work, Tom has served on a number of non-profit boards across PEI. Tom lives with his wife and two children in Pownal, Prince Edward Island.

 

Who We Are

MEghan Van gall

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Meghan Van Gaal is the Treasurer. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant who currently works with the Province of PEI. She enjoys giving back to her community by volunteering with many different organizations in various roles and in the role of Treasurer on not-for-profit boards. She looks forward to contributing to supporting the vulnerable populations served at Blooming House. 

Who We Are

Tavie Dakin Ingersoll

Shelter Coordinator

Tavie has an established career, both professionally and as a community volunteer working with
vulnerable populations. She holds a Bachelor or Arts in the Humanities and has worked with the Department of Family and Human Services with children in care on PEI, in the New Brunswick penal system, with homeless and street people in the city of Toronto, a women’s crisis centre in the U.S.A. and with the refugee population. She is passionate about helping others from all walks of life.

Who We Are

Tammy Denning

Executive Director

Tammy has over twenty-two years of experience in the human services field, most recently working with domestic violence victims, mental health, and individuals facing addiction in her home state. Tammy has provided support and services to victims in the criminal court system as a Victim Witness Advocate, family support services with the state of Maine in the Department of Health and Human Services, and running a domestic violence shelter in Washington County, Maine.

Tammy currently lives on Prince Edward Island, enjoying the island life with her partner and their eight year old cat, Eliot Naughty-Ness.

Who We Are

Krystal rice

resource coordinator

Krystal has been with Blooming House since the very beginning, first joining Blooming House as a volunteer before we opened our doors. She has worked in various capacities at Blooming House over the last couple of years before moving into the new role of the Resource Coordinator. As Resource Coordinator, she works with our guests to help them access services and programs and get established into housing. Once into housing, Krystal is able to continue to work with the women, helping them adjust to their new space and provide support as needed. Krystal is passionate about empowering women and advocating for them.