Given what she does for a living, she used her skills to kick things off with two large fundraising events. “I work with a lot of dance companies and musicians, so my first few events were large-scale entertainment events with guest speakers from the animal rights communities, dance companies and musical guests on the main stage. I would have a room filled with vegan food, which was all free, and live auctions.”
Sharon notes that people she knew in the entertainment industry were happy to jump in and lend their support. The inaugural events raised money for farm sanctuaries and Toronto Animal Services, where she volunteered.
These entertainment-type events were followed by organizing an annual walk for Ontario’s farm sanctuaries after she discovered that in the past funds raised through annual walks in Ontario were going to an animal sanctuary in New York.
“I said, why is that happening? We have so many sanctuaries and animals here in need and everybody’s raising money for a multimillion-dollar organization in New York. I thought, that’s just not fair. I talked to a few people who were running sanctuaries at the time—Susan Morris, who was running Snooters, and Wishing Well Sanctuary had just started up.”