(506) 642-9033 | 133 Prince Edward Street, Saint John

Meet the Staff

Brenda Murphy

Executive Director

Brenda Murphy has been leading the organization for more than 20 years. She is passionate about ensuring the voices of women with lived experience are heard and they have a seat at decision making table(s).  Brenda is also committed to ending poverty, family violence, and advancing womenís equality. She works to ensure justice, fairness, inclusion, and equity in our community. She is inspired by the women who courageously share their vulnerability; their fears and their incredible strength with us on their journey out of poverty. In her spare time, she loves to garden, read, and travel.

Email: brenda@sjwen.net

Vicki Cosgrove

Program Coordinator

Vicki Cosgrove has been working with women and children  for well over 20 years in a multitude of diverse settings.  While living in two remote areas of the arctic, Vicki became inspired to work with others in an advocacy role.  She is passionate about education and sees it as a path to transform lives. She herself is a Master of Adult Education candidate through UNB and is excited to continue to apply her studies to the work she does each and every day.   Vicki takes on the role of facilitator for the organizationís leadership program - POWER UP! She finds her work with women rewarding and is continuously inspired by those who participate. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, being creative,and spending time with her family.

Email: vicki@sjwen.net

Phone: 632-5706


Angie Power

Engagement Coordinator

Angie Power works as a facilitator and mentor for the Working 4 Change: Learn & Go program and joined the team in March 2018.  She has always had a passion for community involvement and advocating for social change. Angieís education and work experience have been primarily focused on supporting others with personal, social and educational development and growth. Volunteering in the community is something she values and wants to pass this dedication along to her children.  She is a fitness enthusiast, ocean lover, and proud chocolate connoisseur.

Email: angie@sjwen.net

Phone: 654-7201

Tara Parlee

Engagement Coordinator

Tara Parlee joined the Womenís Empowerment Network team in June 2018 and has been facilitating our Working 4 Change programs. She is a strong believer in inclusive communities and truly enjoys forming meaningful relationships with different people and organizations throughout the community. Tara has an abundance of experience in working to help people create positive change in their lives and is currently working towards obtaining a degree in Arts and Community Studies from Cape Breton University. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her family, enjoys trail running, and runs the occasional marathon!

Email: tara@sjwen.net

Phone: 654-7163

Brooke Cheeks

Project Manager

Brooke Cheeks is the newest member of the team and is thrilled to be working alongside such strong, passionate, and dedicated women.  Brooke graduated from Mount Allison University last year and has always had a passion for being deeply involved in her community. She will be working on our Tackling Childcare Barriers research project, as well as facilitating a variety of programs. She cares immensely about the many issues women face and is committed to working towards an inclusionary and equitable society in which all of its members are able to contribute at their full potential. While not at work, you can most often find Brooke rollerblading along Harbour Passage, talking someoneís ear off about cool math concepts, or playing frisbee!

Email: brooke@sjwen.net

Phone: 642-9033