Meet SEWN member…
She’s a born and raised coastal girl, born in Prince Rupert and raised in Powell River.
“My father was a commercial fisherman and we moved back and forth between the two places for the first seven years of my life. After graduating from high school, I couldn’t get out of Powell River fast enough, moving first to Victoria to go to college, and then on to Vancouver.”
The coast continued to have a pull on her, though, and when she met her husband-to-be she brought him up to explore the area. He fell in love with her, as well as the coast, and they married in Pender Harbour in 2002. Two children followed and a decision to buy a home in Gibsons. Immediately, Sheila found a project, and began going door to door collecting pledges to build an accessible children’s playground at Shirley Macey Park.
“I met another mom who said she would help. She was an artist, and she drew up some beautiful plans that included a water feature, sand play area, and a maze garden.” They received a large grant from the Rick Hansen Foundation so you and your children can now enjoy the fruits of that labour every time you go to Shirley Macey!
Having given up the stable job, Sheila looked at her portfolio of experience, skills and passions and began dabbling in freelance editing. An interest in tourism turned into an experiential tourism company called Catch Our Drift Earthly Journeys which connected visitors with locals who had skills or passions to share. At the same time, she and her husband, Mark, had taken over the FUSE Community Work Hub, were guiding tours, homeschooling their children and trying to keep up with other activities including writing and publishing. It had become too much so they gave up the tourism and Mark took on FUSE.
“It was time to focus my energy more on writing, editing and publishing. I love editing. Writing is fun, but it takes me a long time to settle in to it. With editing, everything else can wait. I am also passionate about sharing stories that have the capacity to inspire. I hope that our publishing company, now called Catch Our Drift Productions–and my own writing–will always reflect that.”
As a member of Toastmasters International, Sheila has learned how to give effective public presentations and is happy to share information about her journey with other SEWN members who may be looking for a way to boost their confidence.
Published: January 2017