Shirley possesses a Masters’ Degree in Social Work (Leadership) from the University of Calgary and has been utilizing her love of complexity theory ever since. Her undergraduate degree in Social Work was in Aboriginal, Northern, Remote Communities. She has been working with Aboriginal Groups since early 2000 and has worked with Stoney Nakoda Sioux, Secwepmec Nations and various Cree Nations. She wrote her thesis “Mending the Sacred Hoop” in 2008 suggesting various strategies for complex communities to move forward in Economic Development. She received her Professionally Advanced Native Development Officer status with CANDO in 2009.
Along with her love of complex systems, Shirley has pursued various certifications such as Governance, Conflict in the Workplace, Greatness in Action Energetic Profiles, Victim Services Advocate, FOIPP, Mental Health First Aide, Beyond the Hurt – Anti-Bullying and Anti Harassment Training – Red Cross. She is currently working on her Conflict Resolution Certificate with Mount Royal College.
She is eager to share her knowledge with Educational Institutions in the attempt open up discussions on other ways of knowing and ancient wisdom.