Sheilagh McLean is a federal government retiree, yoga teacher and active volunteer. She’s lived in Ottawa-Vanier for more than 35 years. Sheilagh first got involved in politics as a Green volunteer in the 2015 federal campaign. Since then she’s been a key player in two riding by-elections, and received the 2017 GPO “rising star” award. Sheilagh is running for MPP for Ottawa-Vanier because she is passionate about sustainability. She believes that we need a new way of doing politics to manage our transition to the emerging post-carbon economy.
Sheilagh was born in London England, and immigrated to Toronto with her family as a pre-teen. She has a BA in Sociology and Anthropology (Carleton University). Her 33 year federal government career was in human resources, with a focus on leadership and organizational effectiveness development. This included design and delivery of management development programs, policy analysis, strategic planning, program evaluation and audit, and internal consulting. She worked for Health and Welfare Canada, the Canadian International Development Agency and the Public Service Commission.
Sheilagh’s community roles have included being President of a charitable organization (Ottawa Kripalu Yoga Centre), Board member for Les Jardins de Montfort condo in Vanier, and Board member for Strathmere Growth Centre. She is now an executive member of the riding’s federal and provincial Green Party associations.
As a yoga teacher, she’s inspired by the world’s wisdom traditions, including those of indigenous peoples. Sheilagh enjoys hiking, swimming in lakes and live music.