Shirley is the school counsellor for both schools in the village of Valemount, BC: a K-7 elementary and 8-12 secondary. She is an experienced teacher and a Registered Clinical Counsellor through the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. She holds a PhD in Health Sciences for which her doctoral research was on resilience in teachers who were simultaneously raising their own children while teaching; her work for this degree earned her the 2018 Women’s Health Research Foundation Silver Award at the Canadian Student Health Research Forum in Winnipeg, MB and a 2019 Governor General’s Gold Medal for academic excellence. Shirley has worked as a teacher and/or counsellor with adults and children of all ages from infant/toddler to post-secondary. She is married with two children and too many pets.