Originally from Cherry Brook Road, Shelley is a long-time resident of Lake Echo, where she and her husband Ray have raised her family of three sons. She has a lengthy history of community involvement and volunteerism. She was the first African Nova Scotian woman who served on the East Coast Music Association, the first African Nova Scotian woman on the Nova Scotia Arts Council, which was responsible for creating the Portia White Prize. She is the first African Nova Scotian woman on the Lieutenant Governor Masterworks Award and a founding member of the Nova Scotia Mass Choir. She has also sat on two municipal boards, the Halifax Natal Day Committee and the Halifax Equity Committee. Shelley was also involved with the Lake Echo Lioness Club and worked at the Lake Echo Recreation Centre where she coordinated the flags of pride that still hang proudly on the walls of the Centre. She currently sits on the boards of the African Nova Scotian Music Association, the Charles Taylor Theatre and Media Arts Association and the Ujamaa Association. Shelley was recently recognized by the Province of Nova Scotia for her over 30 years of activism, support and volunteerism.
Shelley is a documentary filmmaker and co-creator of The Emerging Lens Cultural Film Festival which celebrates its 6th year of production. She is known for her work with young and emerging artist and creating spaces for them to grow and develop in their disciplines.
Shelley cares deeply about the future of the Eastern Shore and wants to be a strong voice in bringing attention to the concerns and issues the communities have. She will work for a better future for all residents.