Hay River resident attending Aboriginal Women’s Entrepreneur conference in Ontario

Jacq Brasseur, Kiera Boulanger-Rowe, Jaylene Delorme-Buggins, and Olivia Villebrun at the Daughters of the Vote event in Yellowknife - Photo credit Josh Campbell

One NWT resident will represent the north during a discussion focusing on female leaders.

Hay River’s Jaylene Delorme-Buggins is heading to Thunder Bay, Ontario for the Aboriginal Women’s Entrepreneur network conference.

“It’s basically to help push aspiring entrepreneurs and aboriginal women entrepreneurs into learning more about having their own business, starting business plans and working towards that. You had to do a write up and tell them why you should be brought up. They bring us there to be at the conference.”

Buggins is hoping to start a mobile hair salon, where she would travel to small communities that do not have access to hair cutting facilities.

Her long term goal is to assist young adults facing addiction issues.

“I don’t want to be the counselor, or the person that is telling them whats wrong with them. I want to be on the front lines pushing them to persevere. And to make a change and to keep that change and empower them to be who they want to be. I was fifteen years old when I went to treatment and I had to go all the way to Calgary Alberta. Due to our lower population, we also don’t have a lot of the resources to be able to help youth in the north.”

Jaylene Delorme-Buggins will be flying to Thunder Bay for the conference on Tuesday, February 28th.

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Brandon Maher
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