Ottawa Rose Centre

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Stephanie Coull

Sponsored by the Sacred Heart School of Montreal

Stephanie holds a diploma in Health Science from Marianopolis College and Bachelor Degrees in Anatamoy and Cell Biology, and Education from McGill and the University of Ottawa. A Montreal native, 27 year-old Stephanie has been an active member of the Bernadette Short School of Irish Dancing for 18 years and has performed for audiences all over the world in addition to being the Eastern Canadian Senior Lady Champion two years in a row. Stephanie - or should we say Ms. Coull - is currently working with young girls as a Math and Science Teacher at the Sacred Heart School of Montreal. An active member of Montreal's Irish community, Stephanie is excited to get to know and represent the Ottawa Irish community throughout her year as the Ottawa Rose and beyond! Her Irish roots come from the Mulrooneys on her mother's side.

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Alongside almost 60 other Roses from around the world, Ottawa Rose Stephanie Coull made her way to Ireland for the Rose of Tralee Regional Festival. She was one of three Canadians participating in the festival that celebrates Irish culture and the modern Irish woman.

Stephanie had her on-stage interview with support in the audience coming from Austin Comerton, her family, Keira Kilmartin (2013 Ottawa Rose), and even support from Stephanie's dance school in Montreal (Bernadette Short's School of Irish Dancing)! Stephanie did an amazing job representing Ottawa and Canada as a whole - we are so proud of her! For 2014, the Toronto and Western Canada Roses are the two Canadians who will be representing Canada in Tralee this August.

In Stephanie's words: I am so grateful and thankful to have been a part of the wonderful experience granted to me through the Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre. To be able to count myself amongst the women I met over my week in Portlaoise is truly the best gift of the entire experience. From our first visits to local schools and playgroups to dancing with the Rosebuds in the rain and laughing with 60 amazing new friends as we got to know each other, The Rose of Tralee Regional Festival was life-changing! Our common love of Ireland and our Irish roots was a unifying factor like none other. We were kept busy but none of the sore feet or tired eyes mattered because the love, support and admiration we received from the people of Co. Laois were second to none.The Rose of Tralee Festival celebrates all things Irish and how much the diaspora continues to support and connect with Ireland. I was honoured to represent Ottawa on stage and to have support from Ottawa and Montreal in the audience meant the world. Although I will not be on stage with Daithi O'Se in the Dome in Tralee this year, I will be there with bells on to support my 32 Rose sisters who will represent all of us with grace and style. It doesn't end there though! I look forward to supporting the Ottawa Irish community throughout the rest of my year as the 2014 Ottawa Rose. Go raibh mile maibh agat!

The Rose of Tralee Ottawa Centre is so proud to have such a poised and gracious Rose in 2014. We are thrilled that Canada's Capital continues to be represented so well by another young women of Irish descent on the International Stage.

Look for Stephanie in the footage from the 2014 Rose of Tralee Regional Festival!

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