Alba Barrientos, Guatemala Office Director
Alba Barrientos has always been interested in working closely on women's empowerment issues in Guatemala and was thrilled to join us last year. "Days for Girls is where I discovered a chance to empower other women, by bringing forward the hope of being successful through the education of women's health and the opportunity of economic empowerment," she said. When she isn't in the office, you can find Alba running in local races or hiking Guatemala's volcanoes.
Louise Colonnier, Days for Girls Canada Coordinator & Translations Specialist
Louise was born in a small town called Moonbeam, in northern Ontario. She spent 18 years as an English-French translator for the Canadian Government, and 22 years as an HR specialist. She discovered Days for Girls in 2014, and like many others, her first thought was, "Why didn't I think of that? Why don't girls around the world have something to manage their menstruation? Something needs to be done." Louise was excited to find such a wonderful outlet to feed her life-long love of sewing. She has been co-leader of the Edmonton, Alberta Chapter since late 2015. Louise is highly committed to quality assurance and streamlining Kit tracking and distribution systems.
Helen Griffin, Days for Girls New Zealand Director
Helen formed one of the first Chapters of Days for Girls in the world and hasn't stopped since. We are lucky to have even captured a photo of her. This woman is on the move! She started DfG New Zealand with two others in 2011. She says, "I was just going to sew a few kits. Sometimes things you are involved with take on a life of their own, and you just have to go with the flow (no pun intended)!" Helen is constantly amazed by the passion and dedication of the women she serves within NZ. Helen finds the Days for Girls movement to be hugely inspiring to be involved with, she loves changing women's lives - one kit at a time!
Jane Williamson, Days for Girls UK Director
Jane is married to Jim, they have a blended family of 9 adult children and 24 grandchildren. Jane retired from nursing when she married Jim 22 years ago, like most DfG husbands, Jim is utterly supportive of Jane’s involvement and commitment to DfG, even to the extent of the house being taken over by DfG kits and components! Jane discovered DfG via Oprah magazine and hasn’t looked back since. She introduced her bible study group to DfG, they then decided to form a team. DfG has seen amazing growth in the U.K. with new teams and solo sewers every week. The next step for DfG U.K. is to become a registered Charity. They are going to be hosting a U.K.and European Conference next May. Jane and her granddaughter Rosie, plan on going on a distribution next summer. Jane is beloved around the globe and we are truly fortunate to have her on the team.
Candice Stanford - Days for Girls USA Director
Candice has always had a love for humanitarian work. Her first humanitarian experience was when she was 18 and lived in Ecuador working in orphanages, teaching impoverished children basic hygiene, and helping Operation Smile. From then on, she enjoyed volunteering with different organizations where she could serve others. Candice leads the Days for Girls Centerville Center Utah Chapter. She also opened the Days for Girls workroom in Centerville, Utah where anyone can come volunteer time, donate goods and services and learn all about Days for Girls. In the first 6 months of operation, 3,000 DfG Kits were sent out from the Centerville workroom for distribution! Candice is married to a very supportive husband, Steve, and is a mother of 4 wonderful children. She is very active in her church and community and loves traveling and spending time with her family. Candice is excited to watch and help Days for Girls grow, and is grateful to be a part of such an amazing organization.
Mary Connelly-Gale, Days for Girls Australia Director
Mary became involved with Days for Girls in early 2014 helping to start the Camberwell Victoria Chapter. Mary moved to the Marshall Islands in 2015 where she promoted DfG at every opportunity. When she returned to Victoria and discovered there was no team nearby, she started the Goulburn Valley Chapter. Her passion for DfG and desire to help every girl reach their potential lead Mary to volunteer and take a communications role for DfG Australia. And when Gloria Buttsworth, the Founding Director for DfG Australia, decided to retire Mary knew she had to step forward to help DfG continue to grow and prosper.
Mary is an experienced communication and engagement professional with extensive experience in strategic development, public relations, event management, public speaking, facilitation and project management in a range of industries across Australia, India, Marshall Islands and the USA. She first developed her love for charity work while living in India and volunteered at a Home for Vulnerable children. When she returned to Australia for 2 years, she volunteered at The Smith Family, worked with the Brotherhood of St Laurence and was a sewist for DfG.