Sherlyn May McKay was born on April 6, 1947 in Moncton, New Brunswick. She was the only child of Robert and May McKay. She loved her parents deeply and was forever grateful for the sacrifices that they made in order for her to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. She worked at CN Hotels in both Banff and Jasper for summer jobs while she attended university.
After teaching stints in Grande Cache and the Yukon, Sheryl accepted a position teaching French and social studies at Camrose Composite High School (CCHS) in 1977. She retired in 2006 after teaching for 29 years at CCHS.
While teaching, she took summer courses at College St. Jean, Edmonton; University of Grenoble in France; Laval University in Quebec; University of Moncton; and the University of Calgary.
Sheryl was active in extracurricular programs at CCHS. She encouraged students to attend the Encounters with Canada Program at the Terry Fox Centre in Ottawa. She served as a chaperone at the Terry Fox Centre for students from across the country. Sheryl was involved in the International Travel Program and accompanied hundreds of students through exciting parts of Europe!
Sheryl coached and supervised academic students who participated in television quiz shows – Hi Q and Reach for the Top.
Professionally, Sheryl was an active member of the Second Languages Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. Most importantly, Sheryl related well to her students. She recognized the importance of both speaking and writing in French.
Sheryl had an amazing love for travel. One of her favorites was cruising. She made friends from around the world.
Sheryl loved to curl and to watch curling and attended national and international championships. She knew who played on which team and kept track of individual and team statistics. After her retirement, she had more time for travel, almost daily walks, and coffee times with her many friends in Camrose.
Sheryl received her cancer diagnosis in June, 2019. She accepted her fate graciously and fought hard to prolong her life as long as possible. Sheryl passed away on Sunday, May 10 at the age of 73. She leaves numerous friends to mourn her loss.
Memorial donations may be made to Battle River Community Foundation(BRCF) Sherlyn McKay endowment fund.
Under the current worldwide circumstances, a memorial service will be held at a later time.