Sharon headshot 2018
Photo by Brie McInnes

Sharon has been writing off the side of her desk all her adult life. Before retiring from her work as a family therapist specializing in working with families of children with disabilities, she published articles and essays in professional journals and magazines.

In 2007 Sharon and her partner, Dennis, moved to Gabriola Island. There, she was inspired to write about nature, especially birds. For seven years she wrote Just for the Birds, a monthly column in The Flying Shingle. She was also published in various magazines, including Cottage Magazine. In 2010 she self-published Up Close & Personal: Confessions of a Backyard Birder, a compilation of 24 of her columns and 40 colour photos. In 2012 her personal essay, Formative Years, was included in Writing the West Coast: Artful Identities, by Key Publishing House. She began contributing to Bird Canada in 2013.

On Gabriola, Sharon became a member of Save Our Shores, a grass-roots organization committed to doing whatever they could to protect the coast of BC from oil spills. It was during these years of activism that she began writing Across a Narrow Strait.

Now living in North Vancouver, Sharon continues to guest blog on Bird Canada. She is an honourary lifetime member of the Federation of BC Writers and is on the board of the North Shore Writers Association.



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