Jad became a Dartmouth South resident 40 years ago when her parents made the courageous decision to immigrate their young family to Canada from Yugoslavia (now Croatia).
From the moment the Crnogorac family stepped onto Canadian soil, Jad has had a unique and deeply meaningful experience of what it means to be a resident of Dartmouth South. Surrounded by a supportive and safe community that welcomed the Crnogorac’s with open arms, Jad and her siblings grew up swimming in the lakes of Dartmouth South and paddling at Banook Canoe Club, while her father, an entrepreneur, worked tirelessly as a self-contractor to support his family’s new life.
A life-long athlete, Jad excelled in basketball and was recruited heavily by college scouts throughout North America. Ultimately, Jad decided to play at home, and attended St. Mary’s University where she was named an All-Star and All-Canadian player.
After graduating from St. Mary’s Commerce program with a focus in Human Resource Management, Jad spent a season playing professional basketball in Austria. She then began her business career in the telecommunications industry, which brought her to Toronto and Atlanta.
Before long, Jad found herself following her father’s entrepreneurial footsteps. She returned home to launch the Halifax Rainmen basketball club (now known as the Halifax Hurricanes), where she spent 7 years as an owner, key advisor and the Vice President of Community/Player relations. During this experience, Jad learned the first-hand trials and tribulations of being an entrepreneur in Nova Scotia. This experience earned Jad the admiration and respect of many Nova Scotia business leaders, and built her reputation for having an incredible work ethic, a no-nonsense attitude, and an ability to achieve strong results on limited budgets and short timelines.
Today, Jad has reignited her passion for health and fitness as the owner and operator of a personal training and nutrition business. She is also the primary, live-in care giver for her sister Vesna, who is an adult with special needs. Jad is extremely passionate about helping her sister reach her full potential, and is an active volunteer with many mental health organizations, including the Special Olympics. In her volunteer work, Jad has pioneered innovative programs which allow adults with special needs to gain meaningful work experience in supportive and safe environments.
Jad’s vision for Dartmouth South is one where all families can thrive. She believes that politicians are paid too much in comparison to other hard working Nova Scotians, and is committed to donating a portion of her MLA salary to charitable organizations that help Dartmouth South.