Our Team

Barbara Nzigiye

Barbara Nzigiye

Co-Chair

Barbara is a (relatively) recent Ottawa transplant: her family is from Rwanda but she grew up in Nairobi, Kenya. She moved to Canada to attend the University of Ottawa in 2012, where she graduated with an Honours Degree in Political Science, with a minor in Management. While at uOttawa, Barbara was very active in her community, particularly in student life.

She is a member of the Women Deliver Young Leaders Class of 2018 and is a Board member of Immigrant Women Services Ottawa.

Barbara is passionate about amplifying the voices of immigrant & refugee women, women of colour and queer women. She works to foster, inspire and create opportunities for them and support initiatives focused on tackling systemic inequality on a global scale.

Barbara embraces the title of intersectional feminist killjoy and is always happy to discuss radical ideas to make the world a better place.

Hallie Stacey-Sullivan

Co-Chair

Hallie Stacey-Sullivan is an Ottawa Valley native, raised in Pembroke, Ontario.  She holds a Joint Honours and Master’s in Political Science and Women’s Studies from the University of Ottawa. Hallie currently works in Communications in the Office of the Minister of Science and Sport. Passionate about politics, women’s rights and social development, Hallie spends her free time reading, crocheting and drinking tea.

Shae McGlynn

Shae McGlynn

Workshops Executive

Shae McGlynn is a communications professional by day, and a political junkie all the time. As a political strategist, she has worked on over 30 campaigns at the municipal, provincial, and federal level from St. John’s to Vancouver. 
 
Shae is a graduate of the University of Waterloo where she studied social demography and the diverse Canadian religious landscape, and is currently pursuing post-graduate studies in Public Relations with the University of Victoria.
 
Outside of work, she is also a dedicated philanthropist who commits her time to advancing gender equality, LGBTQ2+ representation, and reducing poverty and homelessness among youth. 
 
You can find Shae hosting brunches, baking treats, watching Netflix, or drinking tea. 
Shaily Allison

Shaily Alison

Finance Executive

A proud supporter of the #shoplocal movement, Shaily is especially passionate about female entrepreneurship and women in business. Digital Marketing Specialist by day, she’s a big believer in access to information for all, and empowering girls through technology and supportive networks. You can often find her sampling craft beer with her grandmother (yes, you read that right) or enjoying locally roasted espresso while working away on one of her endeavours.

Lena Boyd

Lena Boyd

Communications and Marketing Executive

Lena is currently a Commerce student at Athabasca University. Combining her love of technology and passion for social justice and women’s empowerment, Lena is excited to contribute to the Empow(her) story. 
 
As a millennial navigating her way through the digital world, Lena aims to build community wherever her digital footprint leads. Send her a tweet as this gal is always up for sharing a cup of coffee with a new friend!
Erin Chezick

Erin Chezick

Administrative coordinator

Erin is an MBA student in Change Management and works in higher education.

When she’s not volunteering with Empow(her) Network, you can find her reading the latest ‘unputdownable’ pick for her book club, trying to perfect her headstand, or catching up on the latest season of guilty pleasure reality TV.

Diyyinah Jamora

Diyyinah Jamora

Graphic design coordinator

Diyyinah Jamora is a proud Filipina-Canadian and is currently living the millennial dream working full-time in social media. A fan of all things digital, Diyyinah loves to do graphic design and work on other digital creations. She believes in the power of mentorship and supporting other women in achieving their goals, and EmpowHer Network is all that and more!

Erica Noordermeer

Events Coordinator

Erica is a Jill of all trades who has bounced from industry to industry, loving everywhere she landed. Currently, she does a bit of escape room game design, event management and e-commerce, but she’s always looking for her next adventure. 
 
A longtime supporter of youth leadership and development, Erica is proud to be a member of Empow(her) Network. Encouraging and educating women is one of the greatest local initiatives anyone can support!

Vacant positions

We’re a group of young women* who are passionate about supporting each other and encouraging the personal development, professional development and civic engagement in our communities. 

*We recognize that the term “women” may not encompass the diverse identities of our audience. Please note, we welcome and strive to create an inclusive environment for all trans, non-binary and agender persons within our organization. If you have any concerns or questions about participation, please reach out.

Francophone Affairs

We’re actively seeking a volunteer to help us better support the needs of young francophone women in our community. 

If you identify as a member of this community and are interested in joining us, please reach out!

Indigenous Affairs

We’re actively seeking a volunteer to help us better support the needs of young Indigenous women in our community. 

If you identify as a member of this community and are interested in joining us, please reach out!

Blog and Website Coordinator

We are looking for a savvy volunteer to contribute to our social media and communications strategy, and coordinate the creation and curation of local blog content. You will also work with our team to keep our website up to date, so knowledge of WordPress is an asset.

If you’re interested in helping us gather resources to support our work, please reach out!

If you don’t have time to volunteer, but would like to support us through a donation or sponsorship, we appreciate all kinds of support.