Shirley Theriault

Shirley was born in Ontario and moved to Vancouver Island with her later to be husband in 1989. Shirley Theriault is currently the secretary/facilitator of the ALS Society of BC – North Central Island Chapter. She became the facilitator when the previous facilitator, Bev became ill. In the beginning, it was shared with another volunteer; she was not able to continue as a co-facilitator for personal reasons. Shirley’s involvement with ALS is personal; she has ALS in her family. She has also attended numerous Walks and is in charge of the silent auction at these Walks. She enjoys knitting, walking, swimming, reading, jigsaw puzzles, and hiking.

As to her background, it is varied. Shirley worked in health care, mostly worked in retail, and is currently at Save-On-Foods in Ladysmith; started there in 2000. In the past, she volunteered on the local crisis line until her hearing loss interfered. She also volunteered at the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association with the Bingo night and the senior bus tours. Later went to what is now Vancouver Island University in 2000 to earn a BA with a major in psychology and a minor in anthropology. Most recently, in 2021, took an online course with The International Doula Movement to become a certified End of Life Doula.