Sheila Margaret MacLean, age 67, passed away March 7, 2017 at Sechelt Hospital after a one-year battle with cancer. Sheila was holding her daughter Dawn’s hand and carrying the love of her two other daughters Jenny and Heather in her heart when she drew her last breath. Her daughter, Heather, wrote the following:
Sheila was born August 25, 1949 in Edmonton, Alberta. She attended Strathcona Lodge School as a teenager and UBC, where she graduated with a phys ed and teaching degree.
Two of Sheila’s life goals were to raise a family and go back to the land. She met her husband Ken bee keeping, and they went into business together tree planting. They wed in April 1982 in the passive solar, thermal heated, off-grid house they designed and built together in Smoky Lake Alberta.
Sheila ran the household, worked hard on the farm in the large garden, and with a large herd of goats. She home-schooled her three daughters, deeply nourishing their dreams and life aspirations. No matter where their hearts took them, Sheila was always there for her girls.
One of her other life goals was to live in Roberts Creek where she spent happy childhood summers. In August 2004, Sheila moved to Roberts Creek Co-Housing, where she was an active community member. She worked for the Waldorf School as a teacher’s aid, and for Self Design as a homeschooling consultant.
Sheila was a passionate lover of life and nature. Her passions included tai chi, swimming, kayaking, hiking, camping, and teaching.
Sheila is survived by brothers Allan and Bruce, three daughters Jenny (Basya) in Israel (Oren and six grandkids), Dawn (Mary), Heather (Erika), former husband (Ken), many close cousins and friends.
Celebration of Life Sunday March 19th at 2 pm at the Roberts Creek Hall.