A Vancouverite, Shelimar lives in Kensington with her husband and 2 sons. Skilled in many areas such as hospitality industry, building maintenance, make up artistry, painting, many types of arts & crafts and sewing, she was not truly challenged until she experienced working with clay.
She apprenticed under the established Australian Potter, Rita Ringma for three and a half years. She continued to manage and teach at the studio for 5 more years and attended the Shadbolt Center of the Arts specialty pottery programs.
Pioneering a social enterprise business, Shelimar taught underprivileged individuals basic pottery skills and sales. In 2011 Shelimar set up a new studio using up-cycled materials and donated equipment, filling the Resident Potter’s role at Mission Possible’s StudioWorks, where she is working with residents of the Downtown Eastside.
Moving into the position of Community Life Assistant with Mission Possible in 2015, Shelimar continues to work with local residents on their journey to meaningful work.