The daughter of Prairie farmers, Shari grew up in the wheat fields of Hardisty, Alberta. Waking up in the combine after a late night working the fields at harvest time was not uncommon. Those mornings, Shari would race to school only to return to the fields in the afternoon, often acting as ground crew alongside her sister as their dad buzzed overhead on crop duster duty.
Never one to let the wheat grow under her feet, Shari balanced her chores with a passion for figure skating. By age 9, Shari was making the 120 kilometre trek to Edmonton each week for training at the Royal Glenora Club. Hard work and determination earned her an opportunity to train with coach, Doug Leigh at Ontario’s prestigious Mariposa School of Skating. There she shared the ice with champion skaters like Brian Orser. Shari was a fierce competitor. She achieved gold level status in all disciplines and became a certified level 3 coach. Her skating star was on the rise when, at 17, she was struck by a drunk driver. Her competitive career was over.
Skating taught Shari an important lesson. When you fall down, you pick yourself up, put a smile on your face, and carry on. She did just that and launched what became a 23-year career as a respected figure skating coach, in Canada and Denmark. When asked to train the Danish Men’s National Hockey team in power skating, she accepted without hesitation. Skating with the big boys has never intimidated Shari.
Shari returned to Canada and to school in the early 1990s, studying broadcasting at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. A successful career as an award-winning anchor and reporter took Shari back to the Prairies and across British Columbia. While shooting a documentary on the Western Canadian grain transportation...