Hi! I’m Karen. Life has thrown me lots of curve balls, from being a self-conscious child who never felt like I fit in, to becoming an adult who has lived through, and found the courage to get out of, abusive relationships, to becoming a single mother and having to single-handedly parent three children through situations that no child should ever have to face. These life lessons have taught me to be stronger and more self-confident than I ever thought possible. I am extremely passionate about inspiring and empowering girls and women of all ages to become strong, confident champions of life and to be comfortable and powerful in their own bodies. We are enough, and our imperfections don’t change that. My motto has become “No one is perfect, but I am perfect at being me!” … I believe that we all need to live by those words.

On a professional level, I am a lifelong entrepreneur and volunteer. I have operated a variety of businesses and have also worked to help other entrepreneurs through organizations such as the Centre for Women in Business, where I was a business counsellor. In 2014, I was nominated for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards and was also chosen for an exclusive business mentoring session with Arlene Dickinson of Venture Communications, youinc.com and CBC TV’s Dragon’s Den. My extensive volunteer experience includes being a founding member and director of Eastern HRM Women in Business Network, the Eastern Shore – Musquodoboit Valley Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, as well as the Eastern HRM Community Economic Partnership Council. I have served as a board member for the Early Intervention Association of Nova Scotia, the National Holstein Convention in 2011, and was one of only two women to ever be elected to the Board of Directors of Farmers Co-operative Dairy Limited. I have also worked as a volunteer with my children’s schools, my church and 4-H at the local and regional level.

I am a true country girl who grew up in a small rural community in Nova Scotia. My children and I have a hobby farm with a variety of animals to love. I started my current business, Countryfied Clothing Inc., in 2010 as a way to promote agriculture and rural living, while getting to work from home. As a single mother, my children are my top priority and I enjoy the flexibility that working for myself gives me so that I can be as involved as possible in their activities.