(a she/her pronounced sher-leen)
I love telling stories. Here's mine.
As a freelancer, I write news and feature stories, profiles, opinion pieces, creative nonfiction, book reviews, poetry, and short stories; research and write qualitative position papers; and film mini documentaries and promotional videos.
My writing explores philanthropy, faith and spirituality, social justice and human rights, intersectional feminism, youth, and pop culture. I am also strategic communications professional, copywriter, and ghostwriter.
As a nonprofit professional, I have written, researched, and volunteered in the area of human trafficking since 2016. My work capacity includes awareness, prevention, frontline support, and anti-human trafficking training through fundraising, program development, project coordination, and communications. Other social impact areas of experience and interest include women and gender diverse people's equity, the Black community, LGBTQ2S+ community, and youth.
Whether you're interested in my bylines, videography, philanthropy, or blog, I am looking forward to working with you.
Born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. Moved to Ottawa, Ontario to study Journalism and Political Science, then a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Carleton University. Circled back to live in Brampton, working remotely.
About the blog:
I have always been horrible at introductions. I am unsure how to present myself in a way that will entice my listeners to want to know more, without abusing the attention they are lending me. I do not know what you want to know. I do not know what I want you to know. And therein lies our conundrum.
I suppose I should start by unpacking my theme. I do not sail. I have never sailed. I cannot write prose about the excitement of salt water lapping at my ankles, the rope-burn callouses, and sun-dried skin – at least, not honestly.
You see, a few years ago ago, among the comments of a YouTube video, someone articulated a thought that keeps me company to this day.
They wrote: “If I were to sail out to the horizon, from my point of view I would never reach it; but to you, standing on the shore it would look like I had. How shockingly similar that is to life, and work and "success". You never feel like you've made it, but to the people watching you – you're sailing the unreachable line.”
As a competitive woman, a recovering perfectionist, and one who wishes to experience every adventure life can offer, I need to be reminded that my biggest critic is myself. From athletics, to relationships, my education, and future career, I am guilty of believing I am not good enough when too many challenges rally against my confidence.
It is important to consider my biased perspective. It is crucial to be self-aware. As I navigate my studies, my writing craft, and my new-found independence, I will surely meet adversity. But, I will stop squinting at the sun ahead of me, and fix my gaze on where I began. I will see the determined Sherlyn who has just unmoored her vessel. I will smile. Look how far she has come.
I am sailing the unreachable line. Will you join me?
I read. I write. I learn. I live.