Kirsten Sharp’s love of psychology, storytelling, and being around people has taken her on a diverse journey, with multiple stops at SCI BC.
From the ages of 16 to 24, she worked at the BC Injury Prevention Centre as a public speaker and part-time manager of media and events, speaking at more than 300 high schools and elementary schools around the province to students about motivation, goal setting and injury prevention. After graduating from SFU with a degree in business administration and psychology, she then spent two years as part of the communications crew building the Millennium Skytrain Line.
In 2000, Kirsten joined Spinal Cord Injury BC (SCI BC) for the first time as one of our peer coordinators, back when we were still known as the BC Paraplegic Association. She played an integral role in developing some of our most successful reoccurring events, including the Bus Stop Hop and The Women’s Tea.
In 2002, Kirsten left SCI BC to complete the BCIT media and communications diploma in television production. Kirsten spent the next eight years of her career working for animation and visual effects studios. She produced trailers and cinematics for video games like FIFA, Prototype, TRON, Madden and Thief, and she even worked for Disney.
Eventually, her love of helping people brought Kirsten back to SCI BC to work as a peer specialist, followed by a stint as our Marketing & Sponsorship Specialist. Kirsten’s favourite part about working for SCI BC is helping others get the support she didn’t have when she was first injured at 14 . “I think I would have really benefited from having a peer group to go out and try new things with when I was first injured. In the past few years, I’ve started getting into sports, and one of the reasons I didn’t earlier is that I didn’t know of all the opportunities that exist,” says Kirsten. “That’s why organizations like Spinal Cord Injury BC are so important. I’ve seen what a difference it can make for people with recent injuries, to connect them with the opportunities that are out there for them.” Kirsten has competed in outrigger paddling, and competed in a few international wheelchair tennis tournaments. One of her favourite memories is riding the Peak to Peak Gondola holding the Paralympic torch as more than a hundred people sang our national anthem. She loves swimming, cycling, people and telling stories. She can’t resist a good indie film.
Kirsten recently joined the team at Roundhouse Radio, Vancouver’s newest station, but remains very much part of the SCI BC family in her ongoing role as Host of “SCI BC TV”. Stay tuned!