Sheila Sears has served as a champion for public health her entire career. Up until her retirement in 2017, Sheila worked as a nurse for over 36 years and held various leadership and health advisor roles in Canada and across the world.
Sheila has advanced training in nursing, community health in developing countries (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) and public health (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health). She continues to learn as a surveyor with Accreditation Canada in areas of quality improvement, innovative clinical practice, health system renewal and emerging First Nations health governance issues.
On a local level, Sheila worked to ensure the expansion of youth health services in the Guysborough and Antigonish area and led NSHA’s efforts to enhance harm reduction for opioid users and needle distribution and disposal. She is a founding member of Syria-Antigonish Families Embrace (SAFE) Society.
Sheila brings to the board, a wealth of experience as well as her passion for social justice and population health.