Shelley was employed with Manitoba EMO for 32 years, retiring in 2017. Her career has been spent working with Manitoba communities offering emergency management training, education and planning. During the span of her career she has worked internationally leading federally funded international training contracts in the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Hungary and Asia educating government and municipal officials on how to build emergency programs.
Shelley’s extensive knowledge of emergency management has been gained through work with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), NATO, and Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and years managing emergencies. She was Manitoba’s representative on the Canadian Emergency Management College’s training committee for 17 years, developing educational programs used across Canada.
Her persistence, leadership and demand for excellence have helped to shape emergency management training for a generation of responders and community leaders in Canada. She was awarded the prestigious International Visitors Scholarship with the US Department of Homeland Security and has studied emergency management at Georgetown University in Washington DC. Shelley also studied emergency management in California, Texas, Illinois and New York post 911. Shelley has been a guest lecturer for FEMA, Disaster Research Institute (DRI) and Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) conferences, as well she currently sits on the Board of Director’s for the Manitoba Disaster Management Conference.
She has participated in the government’s emergency response to every major disaster such as the 1989 Northern Fire Evacuations, 1997 Flood of the Century, the 2007 Elie F5 Tornado, the 2011 and 2014 floods and all other disasters that affected Manitobans and their property in between.
Now as the managing director of NEC, she continues to teach and educate Manitoba communities, First Nations, business’ and universities about the importance of having programs to manage disasters effectively.