#WhenIGrowUp Wednesdays: Sandy Sharkey

When I began work on The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference with Stacey, I thought we’d have a difficult time finding speakers for the event. Although, there was no doubt in my mind we’d have an audience interested in the subject matter, I wondered if there were really people out there who had pulled off a successful career change, or found a way to incorporate purposeful work into their lives. Now, not only have we lined up an inspiring and accomplished group of Speakers from a variety of backgrounds, but I continue to come across individuals whose journeys can be examples for all of us.

#WhenIGrowUp Wednesdays features stories of people who reinvented themselves, or who came to a crossroads and chose a different path, or who rediscovered, or returned to the pursuit of their youthful passion.


When you’re a kid, you have dreams, and as you start to get older, you learn you have to have responsibility, and you have to have a career… And somehow your childhood dreams just go away and they’re lost. – Sandy Sharkey

Sandy Sharkey, Founder of Sandy Sharkey Photography, grew up in Ottawa, Ontario spending much of her childhood free time exploring the outdoors, and the rest of it leafing through the Funk and Wagnalls Wildlife Encyclopedia series. She dreamed about seeing those animals in their natural habitats, and knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up: a veterinarian.

Instead, Sharkey spent more than 35 years in broadcasting, and it’s only been in recent years that she’s returned to the world of animals, her first love. Carol Anne Meehan, from the Ottawa area podcast series Coffee With, featured Sharkey in the 10 minute video below:

My job as a photographer is to show those interactions between the [wild horses], which are absolutely stunningly beautiful to watch; and hopefully turn people’s minds… there are pockets of people who want them gone forever. – Sandy Sharkey

Now, you must visit Sharkey’s website, which not only features beautiful photos of wild horses, but also stunning pictures of birds, animals in the wild, and assorted musicians, too!

Sources: Coffee With, Sandy Sharkey Photography

~ Debbie MacLeod

The CREATIVE CHANGE-MAKING Conference has been organized to showcase local heroes, individuals from within our own communities, who are creating their own path, leading by example, and following their dreams through purposeful work.

Intrigued? Come listen to the stories. Ask questions. Be inspired to change your life!

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