When I think of Sharon Carrington, I think of towers of CDs, and more music books than you could count (although I can guarantee she knows exactly how many she has). I think of a dreamer. A solid, firm, strong woman.
Sharon is always willing to push the line just a little, quick to have a listening ear and sometimes a glistening eye. As a much sought-after music teacher, she’s helped instill a love of music into our town like no other. From dramatic ensembles at Christmas time to sweeping epics at Easter- and a million other things in between.
Some of my favourite things about Sharon are her appreciation of witty humour, fine wine, and her love of travel and learning about other cultures. Underneath her strong personality you’ll find a gentle and kind woman who has worked very hard to establish herself and her career. She is fiercely loyal to her family and friends. Many times in my growing up years, my voice lesson turned into a therapy session where Sharon would sit at the piano and let me pour my heart out. I’m proud to call her second-mom, friend, and someone that I will always look up to.
Welcome to the table, Sharon!
How long have you called the Bulkley Valley home?
I moved here from Winnipeg in 1994.
What is one thing you’ve learned about friendship (or community)?
A community is a very complicated mosaic and each person is part of that weave.
I try to recognize the value of everyone’s contribution to our community. There should be no hierarchy for humans because we all fit together. I have learned so much from every person with whom I interact.
What is one area you are growing in?
I am constantly realizing the power of words and being present in everyday life can be very influential or devastating. I have been the recipient of both situations and I am trying to be purposefully intentional in making both actions very positive.
What is one thing you would say to your younger self?
I will embrace the opportunities and potential awareness for women and I will take the time to explore my passions, gifting and abilities I wish to pursue. There are no limitations!
Who inspires you and why?
Ruth Bader Ginsberg was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
She was so dedicated to her profession and to understanding the US constitution. She worked until just a few days before she died at 87 years old.
She was a trailblazer in women’s rights and married and raised a family when it was not in vogue to be a working mother or independent woman.
Actor Betty White is 99 and continues to be active in her art. She embraces her career and has no intention of slowing down. Retirement is not in her DNA.
My dad, George Richmond, always loved people and the older he was the more this rang true. He also realized that we needed to evolve with the times in which we live. He was a man with simple needs and lived everyday thankful to be alive and grateful to have his family. Dad viewed every part of his life as a new adventure and the difficulties in life as “another bump in the road”.
My mother, Linda Richmond, was bound by the conventions of her era but she managed to work around gender limitations and lived her life pretty much as her own person. She was one of the most innovative women I know and could make something creative out of virtually nothing. She always added, “That’s the best I can do with what I have.”
What do you know is true, and how do you carry that day to day?
I realize how important my family and extended family is to me. There is a grounding and identity I have which makes me appreciate my family legacy. My responsibility and desire are to inspire and motivate my family to continue what the earlier generations have given to us.