Sharon Cooper, Vice President & Education Committee Chair

Sharon was born in St. Catharines and moved to Sault Ste Marie when she was 8; then to Sudbury at 16. She graduated from Laurentian University in Public Administration and also has a Diploma from the Toronto School of Homeopathic Medicine. 

She and her husband Gerry were married in 1999; a second marriage for both of them. She has two daughters, a step daughter and a step son. Together they have 6 grandchildren; 2 boys and 4 girls.  

They have always loved Manitoulin Island, so in 2011 they left their home on a lake outside of Sudbury and moved to Windsor where they lived for 9 years, before returning to Sudbury in 2021. It was during their time in Windsor that they bought their camp on the Island. It’s an 1880’s log home in the Silver Bay area that was moved log by log to the lake and lovingly restored by Mike and Shirley Krys. 

It was Pat Costigan, a neighbour, who got her interested and nominated in the LMAA. Sharon’s concern for any of our northern Ontario lakes is to keep them clean and healthy. While living in Windsor she saw how invasive phragmites are and how it can completely take over a waterway. Her other focus areas are natural shorelines to slow erosion, to stop chemicals being used on pristine lawns that are harmful; and about invasive species being brought to lakes by boats or float planes.

She is now retired and enjoying her hobbies and interests; and loves renovations – much to her husband’s chagrin!