Stephanie and her family have lived in the Sussex area for almost 40 years. She and her husband Jerald raise grass fed beef on a farm in Head of Millstream, where they also grow a large garden and occasionally have time to sit and enjoy the beautiful view of the Millstream valley.
Stephanie owned and ran Winterwood Natural Foods in Sussex for 25 years, which gave her an opportunity to teach people about healthy eating and living a healthy lifestyle. She is a promoter of local food production, both for the great nutrition and because eating locally keeps our food dollars in our own communities instead of shipping them elsewhere. It has been gratifying to see that movement grow so well! It also gave her a lot of experience managing the business, and very clear ideas about fiscal sustainability. Small business provides the majority of jobs in Canada; it's often easier to understand how they work, and easier to demand sustainable products.
For many years Stephanie has been involved in volunteering for environmental groups in New Brunswick, and when the opportunity came in 2008 to start a Green Party in New Brunswick she was eager to help. The platform of social as well as environmental justice, self-reliant communities, living within our means, promoting a culture of peace, are all foundations in her own life as well, and she looks forward to many more years of working at being the change she wants to see in the world.
Jerald and Stephanie raised three children on the farm, and now a granddaughter is learning to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Stephanie loves to make quilts, read, and sing together with others.