About Sheila

“If I keep a bough in my heart, a singing bird will come,” says an Ancient Chinese Proverb.      

Sheila Hailstone, a now 7-year breast cancer survivor, has put her skills as a writer to work by documenting her journey through cancer. Through walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain, and her subsequent book, Dancing Around Cancer, she is raising funds for breast cancer research.

A forerunner to her published book, The Cancer Cancan present reflections in the form of Haibun, a combination of prose, poem and Haiku.  

Raising funds for cancer research

If you would like to support Sheila and Breast Cancer research to make this disease history in your lifetime, buy a copy of her book, or invited Sheila to speak to your organisation. You can find out more here.

About Sheila

Sheila originally completed a BSc at Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand and went on to teach Science and Mathematics in New Zealand and Africa. She changed careers to work in business and completed an MBA. She later became the European Training manager for an IT research company in London.

After returning home to New Zealand, Sheila set up her own training company. Later, she took on the role of Chief Executive for a local NGO after the devastating 2011 earthquakes.

An accomplished speaker

Sheila is passionate about helping others find their voice. To this end, she has helped many people to become proficient in public speaking through Toastmasters International.  During the many years of her involvement in Toastmasters, Sheila has set up two ongoing Toastmaster clubs. Her most recent club, Christchurch Women’s Toastmasters,  recently celebrated its 11th anniversary. The club meets weekly on Fridays at lunchtime. There, women are supported to succeed in any venture and to become confident to stand up and be heard.

Sheila (centre, in dress) with members of her Toastmasters club celebrating their success.

Do you require a speaker?

If your organisation would like to be inspired by Sheila’s remarkable journey, click here to invite Sheila to speak to your group. She is an award-winning speaker, and has attained Toastmasters International’s highest award, the Distinguished Toastmaster award, or DTM.

See more of Sheila’s journey here.

Visit Sheila’s Amazon author page here