Sheila has been involved in developing, facilitating and managing health promotion programs and services for nearly 25 years. She completed her first degree in Political Science/Communication Studies through Wilfrid Laurier University and several years later enrolled in McMaster University’s second degree program, graduating with distinction in the field of Gerontology. Sheila began her health services career as Director of Wellness with the YWCA of Kitchener-Waterloo. Since 2002, she has worked with VON Canada as National Seniors Wellness Project's Manager, assisting communities to develop VON SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together) Programs®. In 2010, her work was recognized in the Chief Public Health Officer’s ‘Report on Public Health in Canada’. She became a Master Trainer for ‘Stanford University's School of Medicine’s Chronic Disease Self Management Program’ as well as an educator for the ‘Canadian Falls Prevention Curriculum’. One of her joint studies was recently published in “WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation’, special healthcare in the home edition.
Sheila joined Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health in May 2013 and continues to assist Gateway with various projects. In the fall 2014, Sheila graduated from Duke University, N.C., completing the Integrative Medicine Health Coach Program and now offers both in person and virtual coaching through her private practice.