Sharon Evans graduated as a psychiatric nurse in 1967 from Riverview Hospital in BC. In 2008, she completed her Bachelor of Science Psychiatric Nursing degree. She started in seniors’ mental health both acute and long term care. In 1988, she began working in adult acute psychiatry at Penticton Regional Hospital. As the Clinical Resource Coordinator for acute programs from 1995-1999, she initiated working with BC Schizophrenia Society Penticton Branch, newly formed, to bring family support into the hospital. From 1999 to 2005, the Day Hospital program had a weekly family support meeting for which the clients had to invite their family. Volunteers came from the branch to introduce the programs. This was very successful! Today she volunteers for the Branch. She’s committed to creating a caring community when a person has a mental illness. She’s the eldest of 5 children, married to Tom and has 2 children and 5 grandchildren.