Shelley is mom to two teenage daughters, adopted from Hunan, China. She was a journalist for 26 years, including more than two decades at the Ottawa Citizen, before switching to the nonprofit world. She is now Executive Editor and Director of Strategic Communications for Free The Children and Me to We. Shelley was a founding director of the Children’s Bridge Foundation, and as vice president, travelled to China and Ethiopia to oversee the disbursement of funds. She was also on the editorial team of the Children’s Bridge newsletter.