Sheila’s creative loves include painting, writing, and music. She is the author and self-publisher of the children’s books ‘The Green Guardian and the Eco Squad’ and ‘ECO ABC 123,’ and two romance novels, The Naked Wine & Morphine Dance and JAXSON. For her first book, Sheila was awarded the Dr Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Literacy Award from the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick in the category of Individual Contribution to Literacy. For the same work, she also received a personal note of thanks and inspiration from Dr. David Suzuki. Sheila has shown work in numerous exhibits, and has received extensive commissions for her one-of-a-kind eco art. Her one hundred Poppies4Peace were exhibited at Government House, Fredericton, NB in 2012.
Her most recent collection, Compassionate Canada was officially opened by New Brunswick’s Lieutenant Governor the Hon. Jocelyn Roy-Vienneau on June 1st, 2017 at Government House in Fredericton. The collection created in honor of Canada 150 depicts the flags, official birds and flowers of Canada’s provinces and territories. The exhibit will be on display until September 2017.
In June of this year Sheila travelled to London England where she presented one of her original pieces to Janice Charette, Canada’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. It was an unforgettable moment at Canada House Trafalgar Square.
Sheila was born in Salmon Creek, New Brunswick, one of nine children with a very traditional rural upbringing. She began her professional career as a hairdresser in Moncton, New Brunswick in 1969. Two years later, after studying teaching techniques at George Brown College in Toronto, she moved to Kitchener, Ontario, where she taught at the House of Coupal, an advanced hairstyling academy. Her career next took her to Prince George, British Columbia, and Vancouver, where she worked at the high-end British-inspired Crimpers. Longing to return to the east coast, Sheila moved to Fredericton, New Brunswick, working first at the Lord Beaverbrook Hotel salon and then at the House of Richard, after which she opened her own business. She currently styles hair at Headmasters Headmistress and Pine Grove Nursing Home. She has one son, Joshua, an honours graduate from St. Thomas University, Fredericton; he is presently a licensed paramedic.