Originally from North Vancouver, Shelley has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) and a certificate in food security from Ryerson University in Toronto.
She worked for several environmental and feminist non-profit organizations for a many years before joining the Rick Hansen Foundation in 2005 and eventually, Spinal Cord Injury BC in 2010.
As our manager of philanthropy, Shelley is the wizard who organizes our fundraising events throughout the province and most peer events in the Lower Mainland. She also manages our volunteer program, sits on our communications committee, and facilitates fund development for our organization. She is a firestorm of organization and activity.
“What I like best about this job is that I get to work with a really dynamic team of people, and we have an executive director that is supportive and open to new ideas and new ways of doing things.”
“Also, because I’ve lived all over the province and have worked with people who have spinal cord injuries for the past eight or nine years, I like being a part of the SCI BC community and I enjoy having relationships with our staff and our members all over the province.”
When Shelley isn’t busy bossing people around to make things happen at SCI BC, she is working on a business called EatWild with fellow UNBC alumni Dylan Eyers, which teaches urban people how to hunt and source local, ethical food.
Shelley is also a dedicated volunteer: she is one of the co-organizers of Feast of Fields, a fundraiser for Farm Folk City Folk which attracts almost 1,000 foodies each September; she built a playground with the My Own Backyard Community Association; and was the co-creator of Nanaimo’s Seedy Sunday, which is a heritage seed festival on Vancouver Island.
Shelley is a passionate salsa dancer, she’s an excellent cook and she’s the only person at SCI BC to stubbornly bike to work, rain or shine. Her dream is to one day run a bed and breakfast somewhere in rural British Columbia. Prospective business partners, handymen, farmers or hunters are welcome to apply.