Our small, but mighty, team...

Stephanie Atwood 

Founder and Executive Director 

Bio: Stephanie (she/her) is the Founder & Executive Director of ElevateHER and a dog mom to two Chihuahua's, Bender & Fry. Stephanie was born and raised in Shelburne, NS and has had the privilege of living in many rural towns throughout Nova Scotia & New Brunswick, while experiencing employment and volunteer roles in a variety of roles in the Mental Heath & Correctional Services fields. 

Stephanie initially studied Counselling, Human Services & Correctional Services (NSCC) before receiving a numerous amount of diplomas and certificates with ivy league universities such as Stanford, Harvard and University of Michigan all in the Mental Health field. Stephanie also went on to study logotherapy and became a certified life coach within the last 2 years. Stephanie is consistently upgrading her education and values continuous learning. 

When Stephanie isn't working, you can find her on her ATV, at the beach with her dogs, enjoying new foods or travelling. Stephanie is a miniatures enthusiast and enjoys building doll houses during the winter. 


Program Coordinator

Bio: Hi, my name is Mary-Sarah Crowe, I am a fourth year Health Promotion student at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I am eager to start my position as an intern and program coordinator at ElevateHER working with the girl code program. Nova Scotia is where I have always called home, being from Stewiacke and now living in Hants County, providing programming where girls can grow their skills, become empowered, and achieve their goals in a rural area is something I am passionate about. I am so excited to have the opportunity to share this experience with the group. And as excited as I am to help them learn, I think I will learn a thing or two from them as well.

Shania Jacklyn

Program and Outreach (Shelburne Area)

Bio: My name is Shania Jacklyn, my pronouns are she/her, and I am 26 years old living in Shelburne, NS. I am a mother to a beautiful 18-month-old baby girl and enjoy spending my summers in nature with close friends and family. I have 10 years experience working directly with people and 2 years experience in a coordination role. I am currently studying with the Behavioural Institute of Psychology, and will soon be finished my first diploma, which is a Diploma in Child Psychology. I am so grateful to be apart of the ElevateHER team, and use my lived experience to help empower rural female-identifying parents/caregivers who are at risk of or have experienced gender based violence. I am excited for a new field of work and the opportunity that ElevateHER will provide to so many along the South Shore.

Karin Scott

Programming Assistant (Wolfville)

Bio: Hi there everyone, my name is Karin and I am the programing assistant at ElevateHER. I am an ambitious 22-year-old woman from Shelburne N.S. I have been studying Psychology at Acadia University for the past 4 years and will graduate with my undergraduate degree in Science Psychology in December of 2022! After this, I plan on taking a career in education in order to become a guidance councillor and substitute teacher at an elementary school in the valley.
For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to work with others in order to help them through their struggles and educate others to help them grow. Working at a daycare for the past 4 summers has taught me that I want to help and educate children, which is an area that I excel and take great pride in.
Some of my favourite things to do are spending time outside, working on art projects (I am currently sketching a tattoo for my younger brother), going on adventures with friends, and going thrifting with my Mom.
I really look forward to being the Programming Assistant this summer at ElevateHER. This is a very exciting opportunity for me, and one that I am very grateful to have. I am thrilled to be part of the team! 


Hello! My name is Marlee Johnston, I am a 22 year old woman from Brookfield, N.S. In May, I graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and I have recently been accepted to begin my Masters of Art (MA) in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville university in September! I am eager to begin my position with ElevateHER and broaden my knowledge in order to uplift female identifying individuals—as well as learn a thing or two about myself.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, exploring new locations, hanging at the lake, or going to the gym! One thing I have been particularly focused on lately however, is my new puppy Frannie! She is a four month old golden retriever and has been keeping me super busy!

If there was anything I knew growing up, it was the power and sense of security that a community holds. Therefore, one thing I am looking forward to with ElevateHER is growing my skills and building more supportive ties within our community!

Marlee Johnston