Executive Director, Hope Blooms
Jessie Jollymore is the founder and executive director of Hope Blooms, a youth-run social enterprise in Halifax. A dietitian in inner city health for 15 years, Hope Blooms was borne out of the challenges Jessie saw in her work: food security, social exclusion, discrimination, and poverty. Hope Blooms operates a community garden and greenhouse that together produce 3,000 pounds of food each year, including herbs for salad dressings that raise funds for scholarships and community investment. The greenhouse was built with the support of Arlene Dickinson, of CBC’s Dragons Den, which named Hope Blooms one of its top 10 pitches of all time.